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BREAKING: British Airways ‘buy on board’ menu published

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Now showing on …… full analysis tomorrow. The obvious question seems to be ‘Where is Colin the Caterpillar?’.

Note that:

“Club Europe (short-haul business class) customers will continue to be offered a full, complimentary menu, which is being improved and revamped from spring 2017 as part of the changes to short-haul catering. Further details will be released on the changes nearer the time.”

London City and Stansted flights will retain free food and snacks until next Summer. Despite rumours, there is no word on free items for status passengers.

This is a cut and paste from the website:

London Heathrow and London Gatwick

From 11 January, we’re upgrading our food offering in our short haul economy cabins (Euro Traveller and UK Domestic) on flights to and from London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

We’re proud to be partnering with Marks & Spencer, another iconic British brand, to offer you a new ‘M&S on board’ menu that will replace the complimentary service currently provided. You will be able to select from the seasonally inspired menu and buy your food and drinks in one easy transaction.


M&S on board sample menu

Enjoy delicious sweet and savoury treats from British food favourite Marks & Spencer when travelling in our short haul economy cabins, Euro Traveller and UK Domestic, to and from London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

Here are just some of the exciting food options you can look forward to on board.

Fresh food

Classic Fruit Salad £3.10
Includes pineapple, melon, mango, apple, kiwi and blueberries.

Yogurt with Summer Berry Compote and Crunchy Granola – £1.95
Reduced-fat Greek-style yogurt, blackberry and blackcurrant compote and granola with sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

Mature Cheddar Cheese Ploughman’s – £3.00
Farmhouse cheddar cheese with vine-ripened tomatoes, pickle and lettuce on malted brown bread

Aberdeen Angus Beef and Red Onion Chutney Bloomer – £4.75
Soft onion bloomer with Aberdeen Angus beef, red onion chutney and tangy mustard.

Bacon Roll – £4.75
A soft white, buttered roll filled with succulent smoked British bacon. Served hot.

Mozzarella and Tomato Focaccia – £4.75
Buffalo mozzarella, juicy vine-ripened tomatoes and fragrant basil pesto dressing on pesto focaccia. Served hot.

Spiced Chicken with Quinoa and Rice – £4.95
Spiced chicken with quinoa, rice and a smoky tomato salsa.

Savoury snacks

Oriental Snack Mix – £2.00
Sesame-coated roasted cashew nuts, edamame soybeans, and roasted corn with puffed brown rice all with a soy and five-spice seasoning.

Hand Cooked Crisps – £1.00
Salt and Vinegar, or Lightly Sea Salted.

Nut Assortment – £1.60
A selection of almonds, brazil nuts, cashew nuts and hazelnuts.

Wasabi Peas – £1.60
Roasted green peas with a punchy wasabi flavoured coating.

Something sweet

Percy Pig – £1.85
Soft fruit-flavoured gums made with fruit juice…an M&S classic.

Salted Caramel Hazelnut Millionaire Biscuit – £1.45
Made without wheat and deliciously gluten free.

Chocolate Pretzels and Candy Popcorn – £2.45
Milk chocolate-covered toffee popcorn with popping candy pieces.

Super Nut Fruit and Seed Flapjack – £1.45
Soft, chewy all-butter flapjack.

Drinks menu

Choose from a wide range of hot or cold drinks when travelling in our short haul economy cabins, Euro Traveller and UK Domestic, to and from London Heathrow and Gatwick.

Hot drinks

Java Republic Coffee – £2.30
Twinings Tea – £2.30
Cadburys Hot Chocolate – £2.70

Soft drinks

Pip Organic Orange & Apple Juice (200ml) – £2.70
Vita Coco Coconut Water (330ml) – £2.70
Folkington’s Elderflower Presse (250ml) – £2.20
Appletiser (275ml) – £1.80
Harrogate Still or Sparkling Water (500ml) – £1.80
Coca Cola or Diet Coke (330ml) – £1.80

Alcoholic drinks

Spirits (5cl mini bottles) – £4.50
Assorted range including Bombay Sapphire, Johnny Walker Red, Smirnoff Red, Baileys Irish Cream, Bacardi and Jack Daniels.

Mixers (150ml mini bottles) – £1.50
Assorted range including Schweppes tonic water, slimline tonic and ginger ale.

Red or white wine (187ml) – £4.50
Prosecco Bottega Gold (200ml) – £6.00
London Pride (330ml) – £4.00
Becks Lager (330ml) – £4.00
Magners Original Cider (330ml) – £4.00

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Comments (136)

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  • Stevie G says:

    When I go to pay for my bag of Percy Pigs will BA add a blanket £5 card surcharge to my Amex card? Jokers.

  • clarence says:

    i have a flight in february from bhd to lhr to sin in first class. bhd flight is just classed as domestic although booking says business. do i have to pay for a coffee ?

  • Anon says:

    So if flying a UK domestic connection to/from a CW international flight what services should a CW ticket holder receive??

    • Anon says:

      Answering my own Q.. Sounds like its complementary even for connecting long haul Y pax.

      “If you have a booking in our short haul business cabin Club Europe, or are travelling on a long haul flight, you will continue to receive the existing complimentary food and drink service.”

  • Leo says:

    Well – it’s not great is it. The booze element is likely to **** off a few. Especially if you are already booked to fly post Jan 11. But long term how many passengers are BA likely to lose due to selling M&S sarnies? Love this site as I do, I’m not sure how many of your general Y passengers buy into the points lark (I didn’t for many years), and its such a rarity to be given food on shorthaul these days that I’ve come across fellow travellers who have been surprised (and delighted) to be given a snack and a drink on BA. Then again I’ve flown with a couple of vegans who were very unimpressed by their offerings and complained bitterly. I flew Iberia the other day in economy. I quite liked Iberia – there was no gnashing of teeth and rending of garments due to lack of free F and B. I wasn’t aware that Iberia was particularly cheaper to fly than BA. We will all growl about this. Some might flounce off to Easyjet for a bit. But long term I don’t think it will mean much. I could be wrong but then again I wouldn’t cancel a flight over a missing packet of nuts and a miniature.

  • Rod says:

    Would it be illegal to sell my home made food to others on board? I can massively undercut those BA prices

  • Anon says:

    Tesco’s Egg & Cress sarnie is £1, shall I bag a dozen and flog onboard for 250 avios each?? #FreeEnterprise #BeatBAatTheirOwnGame

  • Stephen says:

    I’ve just travelled back from Crete with BA. Paid £500/seat in Economy for 3 of us, including a 2.5 year old. Food was shocking and inedible. It took them two hours just to serve some terrible sandwiches on the way out. Lots my son’s buggy too and still trying to ‘trace’ it 3 weeks later. I would have flown business but the 3 across seating in economy works better for us with a toddler when there are 3 of us.

    But apart from being able to use Business check in at LGW through my Silver status, the benefits of flying BA were nil over the cheaper charter carriers.

    BA should really reconsider a premium economy class for short haul, same as business now but 3 across seating. Families would love it and surely the pricing should be more sensible. it is what economy used to be on BA.

    • @brunoezh says:

      The question is: Why do (did) I book flights with BA? And not Easyjet?

      The answer is: I don’t believe in the ruinous strategy of low cost carriers. The mess at the gate while boarding with Vueling, the stupid menu card of Iberia and the poor service with Eurowings… I don’t care whether I pay £200 or £220 for a ticket – it doesn’t matter. But I enjoy the G&T very much, just one. A little bit of something glorious, above the clouds.

      BA should not compete with the low cost carriers – increase prices instead. Less passengers, same revenue and much more quality. invest in your product, don’t ruin what you have build so far.

      • Guy says:

        As the poster below describes you must be a tool to book Crete with BA when u compare it to the Aegean offering.

    • Mike says:

      I just flew back from Crete…. on Aegean. A half-decent cooked meal and drinks service! I nearly fell off my seat in shock compared with BA short-haul.

      I remember the BA ads in LGW a couple of years back, taunting EZY and others with BA’s boasts about gin and tonics. BA, now the Ryanair of Heathrow…

  • Anon says:

    Anyone remember “The Friendly Lemon” ?

    On BA’s YouTube channel..

    • Anon says:

      We believe that when travelling to Europe, the journey is just as important as the destination. Flying is something to be enjoyed and not endured. That’s why we have put special thought into helping you make the most of your time away.

      Don’t forget to watch the other adverts in this series and meet the Happy Jumper and the Relaxed Trainer!

      This is the Lemon that says kick back, recline your seat. Go on. A bit further.
      There he is, happily floating his way to Nice in a complimentary drink.
      One of the many benefits of flying with us to Europe.
      This Friendly Lemon is delighted, when we say, To Fly, To Serve.

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