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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Please do not quote photos in this thread.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 1276
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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, 1063
Brunch: 813, 987 (AVML), 1066
Lunch: 226, 326, 388 (KSML), 427 (AVML), 553 (KSML), 586, 678, 887, 1014 (JER), 1015, 1128, 1139, 1148 (KSML), 1276
Afternoon tea: 103, 176, 643 (LCML), 733, 1038
Dinner: 279, 332 (JER), 359 (AVML), 521, 588, 608, 647, 752, 914, 941, 950, 961, 1006 (KSML), 1014 (JER), 1016, 1026, 1050 (AVML), 1054 (KSML), 1095, 1142 (VLML), 1143 (NLML), 1186 (KSML)

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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, 971 (LGW), 1071
Brunch: 68, 121, 142, 197, 420, 458, 555, 559, 620 (LCML), 660, 662, 770, 923, 1077 (VGML)
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, 838, 981 (LGW) (VLML), 1008 (KSML), 1094, 1183 (VGML), 1196, 1222 (VGML), 1223
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, 783, 831, 907, 976, 1160
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, 758, 789, 822, 916 (LGW), 917 (LGW), 955 (VGML), 981 (LGW) , 1060, 1070, 1136, 1212 (VGML), 1217, 1218, 1275

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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), 914 (AVML), 955 (VGML)
Brunch: 578, 610, 659, 910
Lunch: 18, 40, 107, 163 (AVML), 235, 421, 431, 504, 578, 614, 760, 894 (VGML), 1243
Afternoon tea: 278 (LGW), 306, 362 (KSML), 399, 496 (LGW), 499, 578, 749, 1150, 1191 (AVML), 1204
Dinner: 155 (AVML), 227, 269, 287, 385, 496 (LGW), 578, 583, 591 (KSML), 593 (LGW), 596 (AVML), 596 (HNML), 794, 875, 910, 925, 937, 940, 982, 1204, 1221 (GFML), 1231 (KSML), 1237, 1238 (AVML)

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

Breakfast: 57, 171, 418, 507, 631, 677, 762, 956, 1165 (VGML)
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, 763, 778 (GFML), 780, 803, 806, 816, 854, 880, 882 (LGW), 895, 929, 944, 954, 957, 963, 984, 985, 998 (LFML), 1002, 1017 (LGW), 1035, 1037 (LGW), 1046 (LGW), 1067 (KSML), 1071, 1072, 1074, 1078, 1091, 1097, 1104, 1121, 1126 (LFML), 1127, 1132, 1135, 1145 (KSML), 1151, 1152, 1154 (KSML), 1205, 1220, 1227 (VGML), 1246, 1266, 1269 (LGW), 1272, 1273, 1274

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

Breakfast: 159, 223, 440, 483, 661, 795, 796, 878 (AVML), 898 (LGW), 919 (KSML), 1226
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), 797, 798, 835 (LGW), 836 (LGW), 863 (LGW), 893, 896 (LGW), 897 (LGW), 911 (LGW), 942, 986, 1047, 1141 (CHML), 1149, 1226, 1250 (LGW), 1252 (LGW), 1263

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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

* Brunch has been abbreviated as "Br"


Destination map identifying destination bands

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

Fresh fruit main
Warm ham filled croissant and yoghurt

Brunch 10:00 to 10:59
or
Warm quiche or charcuterie/cheese main
Fresh fruit, yoghurt, and bakery

Lunch 11:00 to 13:59
or
Meat or vegetarian salad main
Side salad, dessert, and bakery

Afternoon tea 14:00 to 16:59
or
Ploughman's or sandwiches
Cake, scones, clotted cream, and jam

Dinner 17:00 to 04:59
or
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
or or
Full English or vegetarian omelette or cold breakfast main
Yoghurt and bakery

Brunch 10:00 to 10:59
or or
Warm quiche, or chilled smoked salmon, or charcuterie/cheese main
Fresh fruit, yoghurt, and bakery

Lunch 11:00 to 13:59
or
Meat or vegetarian salad main
Side salad, dessert, and bakery

Afternoon tea 14:00 to 16:59
or
Ploughman's or sandwiches
Cake, scones, clotted cream, and jam

Dinner 17:00 to 04:59
or
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:
or or
Full English or vegetarian omelette, or chilled smoked salmon main
Fresh fruit, yoghurt, and bakery

From outstations*:
or
Full English or vegetarian omelette
Fresh fruit, yoghurt, and bakery

* breakfasts served on small tray when aircraft night stops at the outstation. Food is return catered from London and stored on-board overnight

Rest of day meal 10:00 to 04:59
or or
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.

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


Band 1 Breakfast yoghurt accompaniments post #9






Band 1 lunch












Band 1 lunch post #16
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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
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Thank you very much for this very useful information. It seems to me that Bologna is missing from the Band 2 destinations in Italy.
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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.
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I think they need to get a better food photographer … or are the promotional pictures deliberately out of focus so that comparisons are impossible?
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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

Club Europe catering | opinions and general discussion

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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



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.
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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.


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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.
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Great thread. Look forward to the photos. The 2 breakfasts look good so far
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I have added a wiki similar in format to the previous thread, hope that's ok.
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I have added a wiki similar in format to the previous thread, hope that's ok.
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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)?
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