Your photos of BA’s new Club Europe food

I wrote on Saturday about the introduction of the new ‘improved’ British Airways Club Europe food service.  This began yesterday.

In reality it is a mixed bag:

almost all routes now have a choice of meal where previously there was often no choice

some routes have gained a hot meal (eg Lisbon, Gibraltar)

quite a lot of routes have lost a hot meal, gaining a panini instead (see the list in the article on Saturday)

Here are a few photos taken by readers yesterday.  Click on any of the images to enlarge.

Breakfast

I ran these two pictures in an extra article yesterday morning.

Very little seems to have changed here.  The portion size may be bigger, or it may just be the smaller tray making it look bigger!  The new cup should keep your drink hotter for longer.

Verdict:  no major improvement in food, some improvement in presentation

Club Europe breakfast 1

and

Club Europe breakfast 2

Lunch / Dinner

This is where it gets contentious, as whether this is an improvement or not depends on route.

The photo below is the lunch, and presumably also dinner, served on a Madrid flight yesterday.  This route would previously have had a proper hot meal.  The panini served was cheese and tomato.

Note how the panini comes with a bread plate so you can, erm, have some bread with your bread …..

New Club Europe lunch

However you spin it, what you see above is NOT an ‘improvement’ on the previous hot meal.

Another reader managed to persuade the crew to give him both the hot sandwich and the salad:

Club Europe lunch 2

When you have both items together, it begins to look a bit better – but only the goodwill of the crew will get you this.

Here is a similar salad from a German route:

rsz_club_europe_salad

The reader described it as “A rather unusual combination of chicken salad with coronation chicken and king prawn. The coronation chicken was reasonable, the prawn was tough and tasteless and the chicken was a little bland. Not better no worse than my previous experiences.

On routes which would previously have only had a salad, arguably getting the choice of one of the two items above is an improvement.  The salad option looks smaller than the old-style salad however.

This is the panini given out on Heathrow to Amsterdam last night – it was unlabelled but appears to be some sort of pulled meat with cheese:

Club Europe panini

However, to be fair, you would previously have just had a salad on this route so there is at least now a hot option.

Afternoon tea

Departures between 2pm and 5pm on ‘Short’ and ‘Medium’ routes get a new version of afternoon tea.  The scones have gone.   You must now choose between cold ‘finger’ sandwiches or a ploughman’s salad.

Here is the ploughman’s salad, featuring scotch egg.  The mini victoria sponge replaces the scones.  As a shorter flight, it still gets individual bottles on champagne.  This looks ok although I had a soft spot for the scones:

club_europe_ploughmans_salad

Here, from a different flight, is what the sandwich option is like:

club_europe_finger_sandwich afternoon tea

On longer flights …

Here is a menu from a longer flight – Gatwick to Malta.  Routes like Malta always had a hot meal service so the change here is less dramatic.  The person who sent me this menu said that he found the meal OK:

club_europe_menu

It is still early days for the new service, of course, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some changes as the months pass.  I think it is fair to say that nothing above passes as a ‘major investment in Club Europe’ or whatever the wording was that was used at the last City investor presentation.

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Comments

  1. Has anyone had a gluten free meal since the changes yet? Not sure how they could make that any worse than it already was, but if anyone can, its BA!

  2. The pictures reveal lots of processed meat, bread and chicken – cheap meats, high salt, high fat food – low cost foods. The only positive being there is not much of it as portions look small apart from the pannini loaf.

  3. Funny how last week my IB flight LHR-MAD was spectacular(on a A346 I admit) yet now I am sitting in the lounge at MAD contemplating my growingly frustrating loyalty to BA if that panini is served on my BA flight later on. Oh and few weeks ago on BA to Marseille, a HOT MEAL was sreved both ways during the evening hours, and LHR-MRS is shorter than MAD. IB to MAD for me from now on then.

  4. I flew Club Europe on Friday (24th March) and subsequently Sunday (26th March), so was able to see the difference. I was hugely disappointed with the new Afternoon Tea offering on the 26th – I went for the two finger sandwiches option and was astounded at how little food Club Europe passengers now receive. And as for ‘no scones’, have BA completely lost all sense of Britishness…Britain is the home of of the concept of Afternoon Tea of which scones are a CRITICAL part. The national carrier could at least get this right. No doubt another Alex Cruz decision to ‘improve’ the premium offering.

    • the real harry1 says:

      get real

      scones are for fat people – cut out the fat

      it’s not the national carrier, we don’t have one

  5. Brian Paddick says:

    I am Gold Guest List and a Concorde Room card holder and I am leaving BA after the Club Europe meal changes. The cost cannot be justified for a disgraceful meal offering and an economy seat. The panini was disgusting and the salad tiny.

  6. Adrian says:

    My vegetarian partner just flew Club Europe on a domestic route between Heathrow and Glasgow. His dining options? Nuts, or the option to “buy on board”.

    There was no ability to give a meal preference in advance, so it looks like vegetarians shouldn’t bother with Club Europe.