Vital HFP reader news – new champagne coming to Club World next week (and new cutlery)

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From 27th March, British Airways will be serving a new champagne in its Club World cabins – Henriot Brut Souverain NV.

This did apparently win a blind taste test.  You may be cynically thinking that it is also cheap, but Jancis Robinson recommended it at Christmas so I am quietly confident.  I will see if the crew will bring me a glass into First Class in early April ….

de Castelnau Rose and de Castelnau Brut Reserve NV will also continue to be available.

Henriot champange

And new champagne in Club Europe too …..

If you’ve not flown Club Europe so far this year, you won’t know that de Castlenau Brut Reserve NV has replaced the Heidsieck Monopole.  Monopole has been the CE champgne since, well, the dawn of time, or at least as far back as I can remember.  Reports on Flyertalk are mixed so far.

And new cutlery ……

There will be even more excitement on board from Tuesday (long-haul) and a week on Tuesday (short-haul) as new cutlery is introduced in all cabins except First.

Coming rather late to the party, given the current oil price, this new cutlery will be noticeably lighter than the current version which apparently leads to fuel savings.

A rumour, started by my friend Dave, that you will be getting this:


is untrue.  Luckily.

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  1. Had the Castlenau yesterday and I prefer it on the Monopole.

  2. Janice Edgar says:

    Worse still, they’ve replaced Coke with Pepsi. #nastybrownmuck

    • Not quite.

      In LHR lounges, yes. I had Diet Coke onboard LHR-CPT last week (having declined P*psi in T3 F lounge.

    • It’s all nasty brown muck. I wouldn’t drink either of them!

    • Is your nastybrownmuck hashtag referring to Coke or Pepsi or both? Presumably the latter… :))

    • James67 says:

      Worse to come…knowing BA, the sugar tax will likely appear as a surcharge on our fare breakdowns from 2018.

  3. I much prefer pepsi on the rare occasion I have it, Coke gives me indigestion.
    OT do all flights to San Francisco from LHR have the new First cabin, I am very close to being able to have 2 return tickets in First to North America?


  4. Daniel says:

    Monopole has not been in CE since the dawn of time. It was only a few years ago that BA served that awful Pommery filth.

  5. James67 says:

    I hoped you were going to say something meaningful like they had abolished seat selection fees or they were going to give the cabins a much needed spring clean.

  6. Like the spork rumour, should have saved it til 12 days time… 🙂

    Nice to hear CW is being tweaked for the better, feeling rather tired (+ a bit hungover) this am, as I stayed up til midnight to secure a CW redemption last night.

    After last years fabulous trip, I’m intending returning back to the Maldives next March…

    • Dynamo says:

      What are the best methods for generating Hhonor points other than stays?

      • Alex W says:

        Probably an Amex Gold or Plat card sign up bonus – MR points convert to HH at 2:1 I think. The Hhonors barclaycard gives you a free night certificate plus 2500 bonus points for each of the first 4 stays (total 10000 points) paid for with the card. But the return isn’t great for long term spend. 2 points per pound or 3 at Hilton. Gold status for a year if you spend £10K I think. But the Amex Plat gives you Hilton gold with 0 spend for a year even if you cancel.

      • Remember Virgin convert to Hilton at 1:1.5 too.

  7. Cheshire Pete says:

    Not sure the Coke thing is permanent! Was in T5 1st lounge the other week chatting to a manager. They’ve been having supply chain problems with their mixers. Also the Draught Heineken which appeared in the 1st lounge a few months ago then has now vanished is because they ran out of the tubes they have to replace weekly! It will be returning when new stocks arrive! Although I prefer the champagne bar to Draught beer anyhow!

    • Jonathan says:

      Ran out of the tubes? The beer lines!?

      From my uni pub work days, draft beer doesn’t have anything replaced apart from the barrel. Everything else just need cleaning weekly.

  8. Oh no.
    That’s the nasty fizz they serve in the Joburg lounge.

  9. Pepsi is a temporary measure due to a supply issue with Coke. The Coke branded products will return.

    The Monopole champagne was served for not long at all in CE. It was Pommery for many years. mOnopole was probably around for a year or so.

    • Definitely been around longer than that, since 2013 although I can’t comment about any further back. We had it on the way to NAP en route to Positano for honeymoon, and it was also around when I came back from IST – the women across the aisle had 5 bottles…!

      Looking forward to trying the new stuff in June.

      • it was introduced Jan 2014. I just found the FT thread. Maybe your 2013 flights were supplied with Monopole due to a supply issue with the Pommery (we had Lanson in July when there was Monopole supply issues).

  10. Monopole was only served for two or three years in Club Europe. Before that was one of my favourites, Pommery, for many years. That said I did like the Monopole. Was not so keen on the de Castelnau I was given last week, having had Monopole served the week before. Also noted was not given a starter course on the latter flight – is this new too?

    • zsalya says:

      I remember when it was Piper Heidsieck in both Club cabins.
      And they did bring me a glass to First when I said I preferred it to the Grand Siecle.

      One disadvantage of using avios for Iberia flights is that one is offered cava rather than champagne.
      I stuck to water.

  11. Imbruce says:

    Just flew with Qantas and they use that nasty plastic tableware. It’s totally useless trying to cut anything with and think of the piles of it sitting in landfill all over the world. Bring back proper cutlery.

  12. De Castelnau was served on my flight VCE-GTW last month.

  13. Yawn – let me know when they get some decent soft drinks in. Still waiting for BA to realise that Club World pax who don’t drink alcohol deserve something more than the kids fizzy pop they serve up in WT.

  14. OT: I was just looking for a hotel in FRA for the 6/7th Apr after coming back from SIN on QR, setting my family up for the BA connecting flight back to LHR. I looked at the IHG site to see if I could hit an Accelerate target, that was until I saw the price of a basic room in the IC Frankfurt!!!!!

    Basic room flexible rate – Eur 2300.00
    Advanced saver rate – Eur 2007.00

    To say I nearly choked on my brunch is an understatement, think I might use a rewards night if I stay there on those dates.

    • IC FRA is a dump. Avoid even Euro 20.07.

      • Thank for the info Rob, we’re staying at the Hilton at the airport on the way out.

        Just confirm: it was Eur 2007.90 Two Thousand and Seven Euros ninety cents for that night (advanced purchase) in the IC FRA. I do hope someone has messed up on that price! I’ve take a screen shot!!

  15. @ Deb
    I flew with BA to SFO yesterday (on the 3pm Departure – BA287 ) and can confirm it did have the new First cabin.
    Sadly I was “only” in club – but at £750 rt from CPH (using about the same number of Avios as earned on the flight) I wasn’t complaining!

  16. Matt W says:

    Let them eat cake with a spork …

  17. Topp2015 says:

    First world problems…

    • I should have pirated the article I saw the other day about which airlines do and don’t serve caviar in F, you’d have liked that one.

      (Apparently, Lufthansa First Class consumes 5% of the world caviar supply, a figure I find slightly hard to believe but which is put around by LH themselves.)

  18. wetboy1uk says:

    Are you short on articles? A post on changes to champagne lol

    • 3rd most read article of the last 7 days – will be 2nd by Monday lunchtime! Admittedly things are a bit thin news-wise at the moment but I would have run this regardless.

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