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Club Europe Catering Guide - September 2018 onwards

This thread outlines the new arrangements for Club Europe catering introduced on Wednesday 12 September 2018 based on 5 bands (Express, and Bands 1-4). The main information piece - in terms of timings and the distance zones for the meals can be found in post 1. The following cross references the photos below against the matrix of options. In addition to the photos, some FTers have written extensively on their experiences so there is more to this thread than the pictures. Also note that the menus for LGW routes rotate monthly, whereas LHR routes rotate bi-weekly

Please keep this thread clear for for reviews, menu descriptions, and photos. For chat about the new service arrangements there is a dedicated thread has now been set up for this Club Europe catering opinions and general discussion

Please do not quote photos in this thread.

The previous shorthaul catering guide for Sunday 26 March 2017 to Tuesday 11 September 2018 is now locked, but is to be found here.

Numbers relate to the post number. Vegetarian means the alternative option provided as standard rather than the special meals. The pre-ordered special meals are AVML (Asia-vegetarian), CHML(children meal), DBML (diabetic meal), GFML (gluten free), HNML (Hindu non-vegetarian meal), KSML (Kosher meal), LCML (low calorie meal), LFML (low fat meal), NLML (low-lactose meal), LSML (low salt meal), MOML (Muslim meal), VGML (vegan meal), and VLML (lacto-ovo vegetarian).

There are differences between the offering in/out of LHR, LGW, and BA CityFlyer routes operated from LCY, STN, BRS, BHX, MAN, EDI, and DUB. For BA CityFlyer flights please refer to this guide created by zappomatic BA CityFlyer catering guide

Last update: post 754
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Chef's Chat sheets for:

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Express (LBA, MAN, and JER only. Note JER is classes at express but gets band 1 service)

Breakfast: 176, 289 (KSML), 345 (VLML), 347 (JER), 375, 622, 705
Brunch:
Lunch: 226, 326, 388 (KSML), 427 (AVML), 553 (KSML), 586, 678
Afternoon tea: 103, 176, 643 (LCML), 733
Dinner: 279, 332 (JER), 359 (AVML), 521, 588, 608, 647, 752

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Band 1 (UK, France, Ireland, BeNeLux, Germany)

Breakfast: 9, 56, 105, 183, 203, 256, 304, 377, 420 (LGW), 445, 452 (VGML), 457 (VGML), 558, 641
Brunch: 68, 121, 142, 197, 420, 458, 555, 559, 620 (LCML), 660, 662
Lunch: 16, 142, 147 (VLML), 170 (KSML), 230, 255, 344, 498, 510, 529, 535, 556, 560, 592, 612, 632, 640, 660, 707 (LGW), 713 (KSML), 723
Afternoon tea: 32, 36 (LGW), 71, 90, 104, 123 (LGW), 139 (LCML), 146, 167 (VLML), 207 (KSML), 252, 277, 285, 353 (KSML), 441, 527 (LGW), 557, 739
Dinner: 49, 130 (LGW), 142, 185, 186 (LGW & VLML), 208 (KSML), 225, 225 (LGW), 237, 242, 268, 281, 298, 307 (KSML), 353 (KSML), 367, 436 (AVML), 441, 444, 498, 517 (AVML), 554, 648, 652, 653, 669, 690, 708

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Band 2 (e.g. Barcelona, Nice, Venice, Prague, Copenhagen)

Breakfast: 8, 269, 309, 329, 400, 576 (KSML), 613, 650 (LGW), 679 (AVML)
Brunch: 578, 610, 659
Lunch: 18, 40, 107, 163 (AVML), 235, 421, 431, 504, 578, 614
Afternoon tea: 278 (LGW), 306, 362 (KSML), 399, 496 (LGW), 499, 578, 749
Dinner: 155 (AVML), 227, 269, 287, 385, 496 (LGW), 578, 583, 591 (KSML), 593 (LGW), 596 (AVML), 596 (HNML)

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Band 3 (e.g. Madrid, Rome, Warsaw, Stockholm)

Breakfast: 57, 171, 418, 507, 631, 677
Rest of the day: 27, 44, 59, 87, 100, 165, 168, 199 (LGW), 200 (LGW), 216, 268, 282, 321 (LGW), 322, 335, 341 (LGW), 343, 350 (LGW), 351 (LGW), 387, 397 (KSML), 398, 400, 419, 429, 435 (AVML), 448 (VGML), 477, 484, 485, 500, 448 (KSML), 551 (LCML), 571 (KSML), 587, 599 (LGW), 619, 649 (KSML), 676, 743 (VLML), 753

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Band 4 (e.g. Malta, Sofia, Kiev, Istanbul)

Breakfast: 159, 223, 440, 483, 661
Rest of the day: 61 (LGW), 63 (LGW), 83, 122 (LGW), 129 (LGW), 191 (LGW), 233, 244, 255, 264, 342, 349, 618 (CHML) (LGW), 624, 661, 730 (LGW)

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Old Dec 20, 18, 9:50 am
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Band 3 rest of the day, KSML






*Looks like Special Meals don't rotate as frequently as other meals, have received this -very tasty- meal on all band 3 (from LHR and outstations) since the new CE meals were introduced a few month ago.
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Very early spring!

On the late morning flight to HEL yesterday, my choice was the Roasted British spring chicken with pigs in blanket, carrots, green beans, bread sauce and gravy. But is really spring starting even before Christmas? A global warming thing?
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Sounds very festive; was it okay?
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Besides from the veggies being overcooked, as almost always on board, this was a good meal. IMHO, competing with the Miso-glazed Cod with Wasabi mash for the best CE meal of the year.
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Sounds very festive; was it okay?
It's not actually a holiday special dish though, it is one of the normal rotations (pics upthread).
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KSML Breakfast GOT-LHR is my new favourite over Lacto-ovo. So delish!
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KSML Dinner DUS-LHR. Plentiful smoked salmon and 4 pieces of salt beef with salad. The dessert was missing from the tray (found in the trolley - a fruit pie and custard. Barely time to eat it all!
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Brunch
November 2018



A very pleasant mini warm quiche with light salad, fresh fruit pot, slightly mushy but flavourful yogurt and warm pastries and breads offered from a basket. The alternative was a cold cuts plate.

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Afternoon Tea
November 2018



Fresh sandwiches, a very sweet cake and a warm, fresh scone (fruit scones were also available). The alternative was the ploughman's salad.

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Lunch
November 2018



An absolutely delicious beef salad bursting with flavour, served inexplicably with a completely boring side salad (although thankfully BA have added salad dressing to the trays), served with warm breads from a basket. The dessert pot was a little bland. The alternative was another salad, the exact composition of which I can't recall.

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Dinner
November 2018



This mozzarella salad was pretty weak - a small portion and no meat/fish - the side salad was the tastiest thing on the tray. Warm breads were offered from a basket. The dessert pot was as bland as the previous flight. The small portion size meant I requested some emergency biscuits.

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That quiche looks lovely
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Originally Posted by Genius1 View Post
LHR-LIN (Band 2)
Brunch
November 2018

A very pleasant mini warm quiche with light salad, fresh fruit pot, slightly mushy but flavourful yogurt and warm pastries and breads offered from a basket. The alternative was a cold cuts plate.

LIN-LHR (Band 2)
Afternoon Tea
November 2018

Fresh sandwiches, a very sweet cake and a warm, fresh scone (fruit scones were also available). The alternative was the ploughman's salad.

LHR-LIN (Band 2)
Lunch
November 2018

An absolutely delicious beef salad bursting with flavour, served inexplicably with a completely boring side salad (although thankfully BA have added salad dressing to the trays), served with warm breads from a basket. The dessert pot was a little bland. The alternative was another salad, the exact composition of which I can't recall.

LIN-LHR (Band 2)
Dinner
November 2018

This mozzarella salad was pretty weak - a small portion and no meat/fish - the side salad was the tastiest thing on the tray. Warm breads were offered from a basket. The dessert pot was as bland as the previous flight. The small portion size meant I requested some emergency biscuits.
I love that beef salad too (and the cherry chocolate mousse that comes with that rotation is also the best of the puddings!), I would have that meal on every BA short flight if I could - well done to whoever in the catering department added that to the rotations.

On the other hand, just had the same afternoon tea plate as above today and I think, in contrast to some of the other afternoon teas I've had since the catering changes were made, this rotation is dangerously close to slipping back to the comically bad afternoon tea of a year ago. One small coronation chicken roll (requiring a game of find the chicken), one very cheap piece of ham and one cheap slice of cheese, sadly, an afternoon tea does not make. The entirety of row 1 sent it back uneaten on my flight today, despite it being a flight from an outstation where you'd expect people to be hungry. Unlike the sandwiches I did try the cake which was also pretty terrible (it's basically just a giant piece of icing). The scones are still good and devoured by all, however. No ploughman's on offer as alternative.
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(it's basically just a giant piece of icing).
You're making that seem like a bad thing...
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You're making that seem like a bad thing...
Entirely depends if you're connecting from long haul and so have an amenity kit with a toothbrush in your bag

In all seriousness, I generally like sweet puddings but found it so sweet it was pretty much inedible.
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Luckily I've been following the forum, otherwise I would have been mighty disappointed by this meal - they used to serve such nice hot meals on this route. This chickpea creation was just too weird for my liking...the olives had too strong a flavour for the rest of the 'meal'. Cold broccoli doesn't do much for me either.

Seemed strange that no pre-departure drinks, nor introduction announcement during take-off. The cabin was very lightly loaded - only myself and one other passenger in the front row. The senior cabin crew member did a great job in looking after us though and was very attentive during the whole flight. Upgraded an N fare using Avios, I'd never pay good money for Club Europe to Vienna anymore, not since Cruz did his handywork.

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Seemed strange that no pre-departure drinks...
I think it would be very strange if there were
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I had the above chickpea salad minus the mouse / roll as a LFLC meal on LHR-BRU.
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