Club Europe food and drink

LONDON, UK: British Airways Club Europe food photographed at 21 August 2018 (Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways)

In September 2018 British Airways yet again changed their Club Europe catering after only a relatively short period since the last change. This was mainly due to the lukewarm reception the catering was getting on medium routes which had lost their hot meals which only had a panini or the world’s smallest salads – that had virtually no salad!

The catering has definitely improved in terms of the amount of food on the shorter flights but what can you expect to get and when? We will also look at lots of examples from recent flights including reader photos.

Menus will now be changed more frequently with rotations every two weeks at Heathrow. 

What meals will you get when?

The meal that you get depends on two things – the time of day and the route you are on:

Time of day

  • Breakfast until 09.59
  • Brunch 10.00-10.59
  • Lunch 10.59-13.59
  • Afternoon tea 14.00-16.59
  • Dinner 17.00-04.59
  • Rest of the day for Heathrow bands 3 and 4: 10.00-04.59

 

What are the route bands?

Express

Leeds, Manchester.

Band 1 routes
Heathrow: Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Biarritz, Billund, Basel,  Brussels, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Grenoble, Geneva, Hannover, Hamburg, Innsbruck, Inverness, Jersey, Lyon, Luxembourg, Montpellier, Munich, Nantes, Newcastle, Paris, Stuttgart, Toulouse, Zürich
Gatwick: Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Edinburgh, Friedrichshafen, Grenoble,  Glasgow, Innsbruck, Limoges

Band 2 routes

Heathrow: Oslo, Barcelona, Bergen, Bilbao, Bologna, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Figari, Mahon, Marseilles, Milan, Palma, Pisa, Pula, Nice,  Porto, Palma, Pisa,  Stavanger,  Salzburg, Turin, Venice, Vienna, Zagreb,
Gatwick: Bologna, Genoa, Mahon, Nice, Porto, Palma, Pisa, Salzburg, Turin, Venice, Verona, Vienna

Band 3 routes

Heathrow: Alicante, Almeria, Athens, Budapest, Dubrovnik, Faro, Gibraltar, Helsinki, Ibiza, Krakow, Lisbon, Madrid, Malaga, Olbia, Rome, Split, Stockholm, Warsaw

Gatwick: Alicante, Algiers, Bari, Dubrovnik, Faro, Gibraltar, Ibiza, Malaga,  Naples, Rome, Seville, Valencia

Band 4 routes

Heathrow: Athens, Bucharest, Crete, Corfu, Istanbul, Kalamata, Kefalonia, Kiev, Kos, Larnaca, Las Palmas, Mykonos, Murcia, Palermo, Santorini, Saint Petersburg, Sofia, Tallin, Tenerife, Zakynthos

Gatwick: Aktion, Bodrum, Catania, Dalaman, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Larnaca, Las Palmas, Madeira, Malta, Paphos, Tenerife, Rhodes, Skiathos, Tirana

 

The food

On the long routes you get a proper menu which now looks more aligned with the Club World menus and look much smarter than before.

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Breakfast:

Gatwick – Bands 1 & 2

  • Granola with yoghurt or porridge bar
  • Choice of English breakfast, vegetarian omelette or continental cold meats and cheese
  • Selection of bread and croissants

Gatwick – Bands 3 & 4

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Continental breakfast

  • Granola with yoghurt
  • Fruit
  • Choice of English breakfast, vegetarian omelette or continental cold meats and cheese
  • Selection of bread, pastries and croissants

Menu:

Heathrow – Express

  • Orange juice
  • Yoghurt with fruit, seeds and grains
  • Bacon roll

Heathrow – Bands 1 & 2

Band 1 omelette breakfast

  • Yoghurt or fruit
  • Choice of English breakfast, vegetarian omelette or continental cold meats and cheese
  • Selection of bread and croissants

Heathrow – Bands 3 & 4

  • Orange juice
  • Yoghurt
  • Fruit
  • Choice of English breakfast, vegetarian omelette or continental cold meats and cheese
  • Selection of bread, pastries and croissants

Brunch

Brunch (photo by BA)

Gatwick Bands 1 & 2

  • Granola with yoghurt
  • Fruit
  • Choice of frittata with salad or continental cold meats and cheese
  • Selection of pastries

Heathrow – Bands 1 & 2

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  • Yoghurt  with fruit, seeds and grains
  • Fruit
  • Choice of quiche with salad or continental cold meats and cheese
  • Selection of pastries

Lunch

photo by BA

Gatwick Bands 1 & 2

  • Starter such as prawn cocktail salad
  • Choice of two cold salads with one being vegetarian. Examples such as Caesar salad with chicken or giant couscous superfood salad
  • Dessert such as orchard fruit crisp
  • Selection of bread

Heathrow – Bands 1 & 2

  • Starter such as grilled prawn salad (plain salad or crudites on band 1)
  • Choice of two cold salads with one being vegetarian such as Antipasti  or Greek salad

  • Dessert such as rhubarb crumble
  • Selection of bread

Chicken Caesar salad

Beef salad

Afternoon tea

Gatwick Bands 1 & 2

  • selection of  sandwiches or ploughman’s with mini pork pie and selection of bread
  • scones (plain or flavoured) with clotted cream and jam
  • cake

Heathrow – Bands 1 & 2

Ploughmans

  • selection of  sandwiches or ploughman’s with scotch egg and selection of bread
  • scones (plain or flavoured) with clotted cream and jam
  • cake such as blackcurrant and lime meringue tart

Dinner – as lunch

 

Rest of the day – Bands 3 and 4 only

Photo by BA

This will include a pre-dining round of drinks from the trolley.

Gatwick – Bands 3 & 4

  • Starter such as antipasti
  • Choice of three main courses such as beef massaman curry, penne pasta arrabbiata or Caesar salad with chicken
  • Dessert such as orchard fruit crisp
  • Two cheeses such as cheddar and brie with grapes and crackers
  • Selection of bread

Heathrow – Bands 3 & 4

  • Starter such as salad or crudites
  • Choice of three main courses such as roast chicken with pigs in blankets, tagliarini pasta with panna sauce or a cold beef carpaccio
  • Dessert such as rhubarb crumble
  • Two cheeses such as cheddar and brie with chutney and biscuits
  • Selection of bread
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Penne with panna sauce and peas

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Signature beef salad

 

Drinks

Wine

Wine and champagne are served in small bottles except on Band 3 & 4 where Champagne is still served from a large bottle.

There will be a choice of 2 red and 2 white wines or Castelnau champagne. Although they only state a small number of spirits on the list they do have others such as Cognac and Cointreau.

Here is the drinks list:

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What are your experiences with the new Club Europe service? Let us know in the comments below or on social media?

 

 

 

5 Comments on "Club Europe food and drink"

  1. My wife and I travelled from Gatwick to Malta on 22nd October and returned on 29th October. Both meals (breakfast on the outward flight and lunch on the return flight) were of excellent quality and very much better than the two inedible meals that we were served in Club World on a flight from Boston to Heathrow in early October. Pity about the uncomfortable seats (we were in a row 2) on the A320 Club Europe Malta flights though.

  2. Derek Holdrup | 3 December 2018 at 7:40 pm | Reply

    We flew to Madeira last month in CE and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. The breakfast omelette was just what I wanted as the flight was an early start – decided against any alcohol though! On the return there was a good choice of main courses, mine was the chicken curry. The cabin crew came round about 3 times with the drinks so we were in LGW before we knew it. And we sat in row 2 D & F, lots of leg room and luggage space. Well done BA.

  3. What Band is Nuremberg from LGW?

  4. ClaytonTheCruton | 4 December 2018 at 1:09 am | Reply

    Was excited that LGW actually got the new catering until I flew to RAK early november and had the most erratic service going( literally jumping seats in rows let alone the rows themselves) and both myself and partner served dishes that didnt even exist on the menu and when I say that I mean off of ANY menu on any band at any time of day!

    Good old BA CS have been advised their cut and paste response not actually dealing with anything at all or offering any kind of service recovery won’t wash on this occasion. Fingers crossed it’s not such a train wreck on my next flight to HAM.

  5. Thanks for the great in depth review of what to expect in club europe now. Flew to Munich Wednesday I was looking forward to the afternoon tea ploughman’s. I was the 4th person to be served and there was already no choice. Forced to have sandwich selection which was average at best. It looked so hopeful after your review that things might be heading in the right direction, the reality would suggest otherwise

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