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Prospero Sep 11, 18 6:00 pm

Club Europe catering | menus, reviews and photos
 
It is the 12th of September, which can mean only one thing....

New catering standards for Club Europe are coming, which you should see on BA short haul routes to/from Heathrow today with Gatwick following soon after.

There will also be a realignment of catering bands as the current Short, Medium, and Long will be replaced by new Express, Band 1, Band 2, Band 3, and Band 4 menus. We’ve been told we should expect a number of real, tangible improvements such as improved recipes, a commitment to provenance with dishes created around key British ingredients. There will be new wines plus Union Hand-Roasted coffee. Menus will rotate twice a month on Heathrow services (previously monthly) and monthly on Gatwick services. As to the quality of the new culinary offering, well, the proof of the pudding is in the eating so please do post your impressions of the new service as it rolls out.

The following information is applicable to Heathrow and Gatwick routes which I hope you will find useful. This will be updated and expanded with product details during the weeks ahead once we get a better feel of the new offering.


Service patterm
http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...icepattern.png
* Brunch has been abbreviated as "Br"


Destination map identifying destination bands
http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...018/09/Map.png
Note, the map is not fully inclusive so some destinations have been omitted for visual clarity. For Mainland Spain, Madrid and all stations south are Band 3. The Balearic Islands are split, with Menorca and Palma de Mallorca in Band 2 and Ibiza in Band 3. Squeezed off the map is Reykjavík (Band 3) and the Canary Islands (Band 4), plus the myriad of Greek destinations all of which fall conveniently into the Band 4 category.


Full schedule of LHR/LGW routes, listed by country
Albania
Band 4: Tirana

Austria
Band 1: Innsbruck
Band 2: Salzburg and Vienna

Belgium
Band 1: Brussels

Bulgaria
Band 4: Sofia

Croatia
Band 2: Pula and Zagreb
Band 3: Dubrovnik and Split

Czech Republic
Band 2: Prague

Cyprus
Band 4: Larnaca and Paphos

Denmark
Band 1: Billund
Band 2: Copenhagen

Estonia
Band 4: Tallinn

Finland
Band 3: Helsinki

France
Band 1: Bordeaux, Grenoble, Limoges, Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, Paris, and Toulouse
Band 2: Marseilles and Nice

Germany
Band 1: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Friedrichshafen, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich, and Stuttgart

Gibraltar
Band 3: Gibraltar

Greece
Band 4: Athens, Chania, Corfu, Heraklion, Kalamata, Kefalonia, Kos, Mykonos, Preveza, Rhodes, Santorini, Thessaloniki, and Zakynthos

Hungary
Band 3: Budapest

Iceland
Band 3: Reykjavík

Ireland
Band 1: Dublin

Italy
Band 2: Bologna, Genoa, Milan, Pisa, Turin, Venice, and Verona
Band 3: Bari, Cagliari, Naples, Olbia, Rome
Band 4: Brindisi, Catania, Palermo

Luxembourg
Band 1: Luxembourg

Malta
Band 4: Malta

Morocco
Band 4: Marrakech

Netherlands
Band 1: Amsterdam

Norway
Band 2: Oslo

Poland
Band 3: Krakow and Warsaw

Portugal
Band 2: Porto
Band 3: Faro and Lisbon
Band 4: Funchal

Romania
Band 4: Bucharest

Russia
Band 4: Saint Petersburg

Spain
Band 2: Barcelona, Bilbao, Menorca, and Palma de Mallorca
Band 3: Alicante, Almería, Ibiza, Madrid, Malaga, Seville, and Valencia
Band 4: Arrecife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, and Tenerife

Sweden
Band 3: Stockholm

Switzerland
Band 1: Basel, Geneva, and Zurich

Turkey
Band 4: Dalaman and Istanbul

Ukraine
Band 4: Kiev

United Kingdom (and Crown dependencies)
Express: Leeds Bradford and Manchester
Band 1 menu/express service delivery: Jersey
Band 1: Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, and Newcastle

Food offerings
The descriptions below are a work in progress and should be treated as unofficial. Graphic diagrams have been added which illustrate the number of options available on each service and indicate hot (orange) and cold (blue) components included in each tray. However, I am hoping that the power of the many can be harnessed together to rapidly assemble all the detailed info you need during the weeks and months ahead so that we can transform this thread into a valuable resource.

Express
  • Special meals are available
  • Wine and champagne served in quarter size bottles
Breakfast 05:00 to 09:59
http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...eakfast_01.png
Fresh fruit main
Warm ham filled croissant and yoghurt

Brunch 10:00 to 10:59
http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...eakfast_01.png or http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...eakfast_02.png
Warm quiche or charcuterie/cheese main
Fresh fruit, yoghurt, and bakery

Lunch 11:00 to 13:59
http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...1_lunch_01.png or http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...1_lunch_01.png
Meat or vegetarian salad main
Side salad, dessert, and bakery

Afternoon tea 14:00 to 16:59
http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...noontea_01.png or http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...noontea_01.png
Ploughman's or sandwiches
Cake, scones, clotted cream, and jam

Dinner 17:00 to 04:59
http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...1_lunch_01.png or http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...1_lunch_01.png
Meat or vegetarian salad main
Side salad, dessert, and baker


Bands 1 and 2
  • Special meals are available
  • Wine and Champagne served in quarter size bottles
Breakfast 05:00 to 09:59
http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...eakfast_01.png or http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...eakfast_01.png or http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...eakfast_02.png
Full English or vegetarian omelette or cold breakfast main
Yoghurt and bakery

Brunch 10:00 to 10:59
http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...eakfast_01.png or http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...eakfast_02.png or http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...eakfast_02.png
Warm quiche, or chilled smoked salmon, or charcuterie/cheese main
Fresh fruit, yoghurt, and bakery

Lunch 11:00 to 13:59
http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...1_lunch_01.png or http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...1_lunch_01.png
Meat or vegetarian salad main
Side salad, dessert, and bakery

Afternoon tea 14:00 to 16:59
http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...noontea_01.png or http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...noontea_01.png
Ploughman's or sandwiches
Cake, scones, clotted cream, and jam

Dinner 17:00 to 04:59
http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...1_lunch_01.png or http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...1_lunch_01.png
Meat or vegetarian salad main
Side salad, dessert, and bakery


Bands 3 and 4
  • Special meals are available
  • Printed menus
  • Wine served in quarter sized bottles
  • Champagne served in full size bottles
Breakfast 05:00 to 09:59
From LHR and LGW:
http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...eakfast_01.png or http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...eakfast_01.png or http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...eakfast_02.png
Full English or vegetarian omelette, or chilled smoked salmon main
Fresh fruit, yoghurt, and bakery

From outstations:
http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...eakfast_01.png or http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...eakfast_01.png
Full English or vegetarian omelette
Fresh fruit, yoghurt, and bakery

Rest of day meal 10:00 to 04:59
http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...B3_rotd_01.png or http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...B3_rotd_01.png or http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...B3_rotd_02.png
Hot meat main, or hot vegetarian main, or signature cold plate
Side salad, dessert, cheese plate, and bakery


Acknowledgements
Many thanks to our insiders at BA who generously offered us a sneak preview of what's coming our way, with a very special mention to Bar Operator and BAWatson


Photos and impressions
This part has been left for you to populate. :)

Prospero Sep 11, 18 6:03 pm

A teaser.... from BA's earlier press release

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...65d06d05cf.jpg
Band 1 Breakfast yoghurt accompaniments post #9

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...c916572d43.jpg

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...044b6aab33.jpg

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...af8943325d.jpg
Band 1 lunch

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...ce2fea0ac9.jpg

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...e43f6a0ce3.jpg

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...b82b9a9320.jpg

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...93ef1351b8.jpg

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...a8b9f05ff2.jpg

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...b5906fc82d.jpg
Band 1 lunch post #16

crazyarmadillo Sep 11, 18 7:27 pm

Looking forward to seeing the changes. I wish we had some short hauls booked to try out the new food , but have none till November.

Lets hope good things come to those who wait.

Thanks Prospero

ottone Sep 11, 18 8:57 pm

Thank you very much for this very useful information. It seems to me that Bologna is missing from the Band 2 destinations in Italy.

madfish Sep 11, 18 11:18 pm

Excellent start. Look forward to the details.

Slight tweak needed to times for brunch on Express. Given as starting at 10.30 rather than 10.

Steve_ZA Sep 12, 18 2:13 am

I think they need to get a better food photographer … or are the promotional pictures deliberately out of focus so that comparisons are impossible?

Prospero Sep 12, 18 3:23 am

I'd like to keep this thread clear for reviews, menu descriptions, and photos, but appreciate many of us wish to chat about the new service arrangements, so a dedicated thread has now been set up for this

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...iscussion.html

Prospero
Moderator: BA forum

BugAlugs Sep 12, 18 4:08 am

07:35 London Heathrow to Oslo - Breakfast
 
Breakfast on this route to Oslo had a
Hot full English
Hot omelette
Cold salmon and cheese cuts plate

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...8ed0b14be3.jpg

I thought the eggs tasted much nicer than normal, meal was of good quality. The bread looks new

London to Oslo breakfast 07:50 departure time.

corporate-wage-slave Sep 12, 18 4:43 am

Band 1 breakfast
UK domestic (not nightstop)

This is the new catering on this morning’s BA1439 departing EDI at 09:15 hrs bound for London Heathrow. This is the cooked British breakfast, the two alternatives being an omelette with asparagus, so suitable for vegetarians, and the cold (meat) plate. The almond nuts and Walkers biscuits were also available as before the changeover, for those who didn't want a meal.


Breakfast wasn't going to change much with the new menu. The items that appear to have changed are the pre-loaded wine / juice glass, the new CW mug (not on the tray), pre-loaded jam rather than on request, and the strawberry yoghurt bowl, with achai topping. The signature bread seemed unchanged to me, usual options including croissants.


The bacon felt thicker and tastier than before, and the sausage was very good too. So full marks so far. Six rows of CE, two CE Eurofleet crew for a full A320, breakfast was served over Cumbria.

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...e253a17576.jpg

Genius1 Sep 12, 18 5:03 am


Originally Posted by BugAlugs (Post 30194949)
London to Oslo breakfast 07:50 departure time.

The crew have incorrectly not removed the plastic lid from the fruit, and also looks like they left the foil on the main course too. The wineglass should also be placed upright by the crew.

rockflyertalk Sep 12, 18 6:11 am

Great thread. Look forward to the photos. The 2 breakfasts look good so far :)

KARFA Sep 12, 18 6:56 am

I have added a wiki similar in format to the previous thread, hope that's ok.

orbitmic Sep 12, 18 7:04 am


Originally Posted by KARFA (Post 30195257)
I have added a wiki similar in format to the previous thread, hope that's ok.

Thanks! ^

KARFA Sep 12, 18 7:08 am


Originally Posted by orbitmic (Post 30195279)
I'm still confused about whether bands 3/4 get brunch or not. The wiki suggests yes but Prospero's post 1 suggested no (and I thought no)?

sorry, my mistake. wiki amended

orbitmic Sep 12, 18 7:21 am


Originally Posted by KARFA (Post 30195292)
sorry, my mistake. wiki amended

Ah cool thanks! I just thought I had missed something (which would have been more than possible!) WIll delete my comment.


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