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British Airways is jumping onto the premium meal kit trend and offering you the opportunity to order its First Class meals to assemble at home.

From today, you will be able to order your own BA First recipe box from Feast Box. Each meal kit consists of four courses for two and costs between £80 and £100.

Even better, every box comes with a unique voucher to save 10% off your next British Airways flight if you book before 21st May. A minimum spend of £200 is required.

British Airways Feast Box First Class meal kit

You can order here.

Whilst this was not explained to us by BA, it appears that ordering signs you up to the Feast Box subscription meal service. You would need to cancel this to avoid receiving further, non BA, meal boxes automatically.

If you are in the first 500 people to order, you will also get a full size bottle of Hattingley Valley English sparkling wine thrown in for free. This is made exclusively for British Airways to serve in First. (EDIT 10pm: This limit now appears to have been reached, so if you order now you are unlikely to get the wine.)

British Airways Feast Box First Class meal kit beef cheek

What’s on the menu?

The meals have been developed by British Airways and DO&CO and you can choose between veggie, pescy or carnivorous options. Here is the sort of thing you can expect to receive:

Loch Fyne smoked salmon timbale with honey mustard dressing

Slow cooked British beef cheeks with Jalapeno potato gratin, tenderstem broccoli and chimichurri

Cheese selection of Caws Golden cenarth, Snowdonia Black Bomber Cheddar, Harrogate blue and Kidderton ash goats cheese with chutney

Dark chocolate & orange liqueur bread & butter pudding with vanilla sauce

The meal kits will be assembled in DO&CO’s massive new kitchens at Heathrow, which have presumably been fairly quiet for the past year. DO&CO will prepare the boxes freshly each day to order.

British Airways Feast Box First Class meal kit 2

BA offered to send us a sample box. With Sinead at home with her new born baby, we thought she would appreciate a treat.

The sharp-eyed will notice that Sinead is using First Class BA crockery. This is NOT included with the meal kit, but was sent with our press sample to give the pictures a more First Class feel.

Over to Sinead:

Sinead’s taste test

With dinners in our house consisting of ready meals, takeaways and a lot of toast over the last few weeks, I was more than a little excited to sample a luxury four-course meal.

British Airways Feast Box First Class meal kit

As the First Class meal box has been developed with Feast Box, BA has been able to benefit from Feast Box’s established processes, such as timely text updates about delivery and efficient packaging.

British Airways Feast Box First Class meal kit

Inside the box felt much more familiar, with packaging and cartons very similar to those onboard a British Airways flight.

A menu card is provided that lists all ingredients provided in the box and is a guide to assembling the four courses. Unsurprisingly for a four course meal, there were a lot of ingredients. The box even goes as far as providing olive oil, and salt and pepper, meaning you could create this meal perfectly without a single thing in your cupboards.

British Airways Feast Box First Class meal kit

I was impressed by the lengths that had been taken to make all packaging recyclable. The main box had an innovative design that meant it required no plastic tape. All cartons and interior packaging were made from recyclable card.

The menu

I opted for the vegetarian meal which was:

British Airways Feast Box First Class meal kit

Wholegrain salad with asparagus, grilled aubergine and flamed peppers, hummus creme fraiche, followed by ….

British Airways Feast Box First Class meal kit

Handmade angnolotti, morels, pan-fried asparagus, panna sauce, followed by ….

British Airways Feast Box First Class meal kit

Golden cenarth, black bomber, harrogate blue, and kidderton ash cheeses, followed by ….

British Airways Feast Box First Class meal kit

Dark chocolate and orange liqueur bread and butter pudding with vanilla sauce

Making a meal of it

Whilst the recipe wasn’t hugely technical, this is not one of the recipe boxes that simply require you to put everything in the oven for 30 minutes.

Although some elements like the dessert just required warming, there was quite a bit of preparation required, such as cooking the quinoa for the wholegrain salad, grilling aubergines, roasting peppers and so on.

The full cooking time required was stated as 55 minutes. This seemed about right, although we took considerably longer thanks to the demands of a new born baby interrupting our flow.

The recipe provided gave very clear instructions and includes details on presenting the dishes to the same standard as the First Class cabin. Everything was provided to recreate the First Class experience from mint leaf garnishes for the dessert to a mini bunch of grapes to have with the cheese.

Whilst the recipe was straightforward to follow, our one criticism would be that it was tricky to get the timing right. The guide suggests that you get both the starter and main ready then serve, but this would have resulted in some rather cold pasta. We decided against this and cooked the pasta after we ate the starter.

In conclusion

Timing challenges aside, it really was a delicious meal. The ingredients were excellent quality, and the recipe resulted in a very indulgent four-course experience.

As the boxes are prepared each day, the menu felt seasonally reflective and the vegetables were very fresh. I very much enjoyed all courses but the main was a bit of a showstopper – a rich creamy sauce over flavoursome filled pasta alongside asparagus and morels.

The Hattingley Valley English sparkling wine – included for free with the first 500 boxes ordered – was also lovely, and a particularly good companion to the salad starter.

At £80 to £100, the boxes is not cheap but the portions are very large (I’ll be eating leftover wholegrain salad for several lunches) and it really felt like the closest I’ve come to a luxury meal since restaurants closed.

You will also receive a voucher for 10% off your next British Airways flight if you book by 21st May. If you know you will use this, it makes the box even better value.

If you have a special occasion coming up whilst we are still in lockdown, it is well worth considering the BA First Class Feast Box as a way to celebrate in First Class style.

You can find out more on the Feast Box website here.


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Comments (152)

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  • James says:

    How long is the 10% voucher valid for please? Thx

  • Rich says:

    It looks like this is a subscription service?

    ‘ When you order a British Airways box, you’ll automatically be signed up to Feast Box and you’ll receive your first weekly Feast Box for free, with two recipes of your choice from Feast Box’s amazing weekly menu of authentic recipes from around the globe. After that, you’re free to skip any boxes you don’t want in future, or pause the service entirely.’

    • Paul says:

      I concur – it’s a subscription and that needs to be clearer. You can cancel but it seems only after your first “free” box (which is a week after the BA one). Sharp practice that.

    • Rhys says:

      They didn’t tell us that! I will double check. Bit of a glaring omission on their part….

  • Lou says:

    I want to like this… if it was £80 and it came ready made and ready to eat… ok… But £80 and you have to spend an hour making it yourself? £80 buys a very fancy takeaway indeed.

    • Julian says:

      Lou,

      I entirely concur with your analysis.

      These meals would only be worth £80 or £100 each if you were sitting in a Michelin 3 Rosettes restaurant with a nice view and fantastic staff. They aren’t worth anything like this in your own home having to make them up yourself………….

      • Andy says:

        To be fair, the meals are for two

        • Lou says:

          Andy – for context – I pay circa £40/week for a meal box that comes with 5 meals for 2. Ok, there’s no starter or desert, but the company I use (Hello Fresh) gives you the option to add those on. With that in mind, I could add deserts and starters for all 10 meals and probably be looking at around £100 for 5 days of 3-course meals for two…

      • Magic Mike says:

        Remember that’s £80 for two. It seems on par with eg Rick Stein or D&D At Home. I think those are more pre-prepared though?

        They might sell a few. It would be much better value if a. the wine was included in every box and b. the voucher was valid for longer. The latter has the potential to make the box effectively “free” and could have been a nice way of BA keeping a feel-good connection with their customers while people can’t fly, but the short validity when there is no clarify on travel is not helpful. I bet the voucher can’t be rolled over to apply to a different flight if your first choice is disrupted for covid reasons…

        • Chris Heyes says:

          Magic Mike But the voucher is valid for longer, ? Just book a flight that’s going to be cancelled you will then be able to use BAs reroute
          Trust me with “a lot of perseverance” (and I mean a lot) You can get them to move on their 12 month rule (it’s their rule, because they can reissue a ticket if they want to)
          I Book my flights 355 days in advance, so it’s easy for me to argue that if they cancel a few days before flight time I “NEED” longer to plan and book alternative Hotels ect
          Even if in practice i don’t

      • Lou says:

        I think where these boxes really win is if you know you’re going to be paying £1k+ for flights that you know you’re going to be booking within 6 weeks – if you’re quick enough to cancel the mandated subscription

      • Mark says:

        Julian, you’re mixing up Michelin stars and AA rosettes. Possibly deliberately? 3 Michelin stars is the highest award, but the AA give out up to 5 rosettes.

    • Tom says:

      Have to agree.

      If however you are going to be booking a long haul flight then it might be worth having.

      That assumes that a decent sale happens and it isn’t cheaper to start in Europe.

      The voucher may only apply to one person and not to a couple.

      I think this is overpriced.

    • Genghis says:

      Agree. Given airline food is nice but never the best in the first place… For around £100 you can get a very fine box from Northcote.

      • Chrism20 says:

        Totally agree with this. We’ve had a couple of boxes now from Northcote and at £105 they are far superior to the BA options listed IMO. The January box was excellent and we have an Easter one on order.

      • meta says:

        Remember minimum spend for the voucher is £200 as per article. So you’ll need to spend £2k on flights just to get back the cost.

  • Tom says:

    So this is a subscription service, not mentioned in the article. Which is poor.

    No mention of the wine on the page.

    But it seems that they ship another free meal in a week’s time.

    • Tom says:

      Correction. Hadn’t scrolled down far enough for the mention of wine etc.

    • Louie says:

      Unless Rob has edited the article since you read it, it says “Whilst this was not explained to us by BA, it appears that ordering signs you up to the Feast Box subscription meal service. You would need to cancel this to avoid receiving further, non BA, meal boxes automatically.”.

    • Rhys says:

      Nobody told us it was a subscription and the site wasn’t live until this morning! We have amended the article and are double checking.

  • Will says:

    Ships on Tuesday and must be cancelled Wednesday. Should be able to get the free box if you are on the ball.

  • CH says:

    I suspect The subscription deal was not made clear to Sinead and Rhys. I have ordered as I secured a 1st April delivery date so I sincerely hope I get the bottle of bubbles. The fizz, with the first subscription box for free (2 recipes for two people worth £27.00) just about made it worth the £100 price tag.

  • Alex W says:

    Wot, £100 and no wine (unless you’re in the first 500)?? I’d be expecting a wine tasting menu included at that price! Miniatures at least.

    • Lou says:

      Right, I need to start up a cheese and wine-tasting delivery box service haha

      • NigelthePensionerr says:

        Youve been beaten to it by Loki wines in Birmingham who have been doing wine and cheese tastings on line practically every other Saturday evening for the last year! They ship nationally i believe……….

  • Greenpen says:

    I have not been happy with at home meals from restaurants. I had two from a Michelin Starred restaurant, it was one of the first to start this type of service, and neither was worth it. I forgave the problems with the first one but they were repeated in the second. Undercooked potatoes, very small sauce portions that evaporated when heated, odd veg …….

    If they served anything like it in the actual restaurant they would have no customers!

    • Mouse says:

      I’ve had only good experiences with these. Maybe it’s your cooking that’s the problem?

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      Paying for name. Of course, be it at home or a visit, the real trick is to find the restaurant that is at M* level but doesn’t have it awarded (yet). e.g. Had several meals at the Black Swan at Oldstead before they hit the big time, and they were blowing the awarded eateries in the area out of the water…

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