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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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  • Nick says:

    Believe it or not (and I know you won’t but it’s true…) this is actually not far off the actual price BA pays for food in F. The different elements making up F catering add up pretty quickly.

    • Jonathan says:

      Really?! Conventional wisdom on Flyertalk is that the meals in CE/CW are <£10/head which I always thought was low considering the logistics involved. So £40/head is a big jump. I’m assuming you’re the Nick who Rob says is well connected in BA/IAG.

      • Rob says:

        I worked on a takeover bid for Alpha Airports years ago – the numbers were low then and have only been driven down since.

        However, you need to separate the cost paid to DO&CO with the total cost of catering to the airline, which airlines like to inflate with delivery costs, loading costs, cutlery cleaning etc.

        The VAT situation on this is not clear because some parts of the box may incur VAT. Even assuming there is no VAT, I doubt anyone is getting rich at £80. Yesterday I couldn’t work out how the whole thing made sense …. now I see it is a subscription plan I’ve changed by mind, because there is enough fat here for Feast Box to make a generous extra payment to BA based on how long customers stay.

      • ChrisC says:

        Indeed. And you really can’t compare the cost of buying the ingredients in the supermarket against massive bulk discounts the likes of Do&Co will be able to obtain across all the food and beverages etc that they buy – not just for BA but for any other airline they cater for.

        They aren’t getting a couple of salmon fillets in a shrink wrapped tray or a bag of carrots they are getting lorry loads full of big trays.

        • Lady London says:

          Plus I’m actually prepared to pay for Do & Co’s quality.

          This would work really well as a subscription service ordered through someone like Harrods for their South Kensington / Knightsbridge / Belgravia (and perhaps Mayfair bits and parts of Chelsea) catchment area.

    • Will says:

      I will have to take your word for it, but when my local very highly regarded steak restaurant does a 3 course meal for 2, with a 30oz bone in rib for main, for £90 eating in then I’m slightly underwhelmed with this offering.

      The 10% off flights voucher is the value here surely?

  • Andrew says:

    Just been to the staff restaurant.

    Collected my Whale (Haddock) and Chips, with mushy peas, freshly made Tartare Sauce, and quarter of Lemon, along with Apple Crumble and Custard.

    £5.26 and so hot I had to keep swapping hands to carry the boxes back to my office.

    15-16 Lunches prepared freshly for me or dinner for 2 to make and wash up…

    • Rob says:

      Now we have moved to within 10 mins walk of Chelsea Westminster Hospital, I should be able to pop over to the canteen for lunch when it reopens to the public. IIRC it was about £5 for a full meal 🙂

      • Jonathan says:

        I can tell you from experience the food at C&W isn’t that great. I always opted for a Boots meal deal in my 18 months there. If I felt like a treat then it was the bagel place opposite or Luigi’s Deli which I’d highly recommend!

        In general my life is much better on an NHS salary uuup Norf but I do miss the food options in central London vs fried everything from the hospital canteen.

    • BJ says:

      Not sure if it’s you who ocassionaly posts on your work meals Andrew but every post makes me hungry 🙂 The menus also reminds me of high school where me and my classmates always enjoyed lunch as we had a genuinely good canteen where the ladies took a lot of pride in their job and we much appreciated it.

      • Lady London says:

        Andrew is doing it deliberately, @BJ ! It has the same effect on me.

        All the more so, because back in the day the menus Andrew reports (and his choices) were standard at many places I worked. But most companies don’t provide proper canteen food now, or at least not of any quality. The exceptions found more recently being in the City.

        Grrr….. but keep posting them, Andrew 🙂

    • Gavin says:

      Had a good lunch always when I worked at a city law firm, in fact the chef was meant to be Michelin star level – then they got rid of him to cut costs

  • Andre says:

    Talking about boxed food delivery I have two boxes of hello fresh to give away, these are totally free (5 meals for two people) however you will need to sign up and remember to cancel it before your next order would be due. I need two email addresses if Rob and Rhys allow it.

  • BJ says:

    Price seems a bit steep for prepare your own. However, the novelty of trying it is quite appealing given I could more than recoup the cost with the discount voucher. Thanks to Sinead for reporting. Have to see what my partner thinks but I am guessing the response will be negative.

  • PM C says:

    On the continent many higher end restaurants offer meal packages like this with better quality ingredients and a cheaper price tag.
    I do like the concept though, and it’s decent marketing for BA.

  • Janice says:

    Does anyone know how the voucher works? We will be booking a flight & car hire for next Feb and plan to book that soon. Will the 10% discount be applied to a flight & car booking? Also, I’ll be booking for 4 people, so do we all get the discount or is it just for 1 person?
    Many thanks, janice

    • Rob says:

      Based on the rules of the 10% discount BA gave to Monzo cardholders in November, I would expect to see:

      *£200 PER PERSON minimum spend
      *Discount applies to entire flight cost including taxes (well done BA)
      *Discount does not apply to ancilliary fees like seat selection and those are not counted towards the £200
      *Flight Only bookings only

      • Red Flyer says:

        If so Rob, do you know if it could likely be combined with a cash booking that I have to book soon where I already planned to discount by using some Avios to reduce?

      • Sarah says:

        Do you know if the 10% off voucher will be able to be used with a 241?

        • Sarah says:

          Also looks like more than 500 people have ordered as wine offer no longer showing and first delivery is 7 April.

        • Rob says:

          Cash tickets only, so no 241.

  • Lady London says:

    Congratulations on the baby’s arrival, Sinead !

  • Michael_s says:

    Honestly this looks like the second most desperate airline entrepreneurship effort of the year. First place firmly goes to norwegian for restarting the airline with a small change in name, 15 minutes after first one goes bankrupt

    • Lady London says:

      be careful norwegian may not be the only one who thinks of this

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