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British Airways brings back roast beef dinners in Club World and First

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If you need a sign that things are slowly getting back to normal at British Airways, here is one: the airline is happy to send out press releases promoting service improvements that you never knew you needed.

In this case, the news is that British Airways will serving a traditional British roast dinner in Club World and First during September as part of a new ‘Best of British’ food festival. An image is above.

You will receive “21-day aged British beef, served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, seasonal vegetables, horseradish cream and gravy”.

British Airways best of British food festival

Aware that roast beef is not universally popular, flights to the Indian subcontinent will see British roast chicken served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, bread sauce and gravy.

Come October, the beef will be swapped for roast chicken, lamb hot pot and Welsh rarebit with chutney.

It is slightly unclear why a ‘Best of British’ food festival does not include sweet and sour pork, Pizza Margherita or chicken korma but I’m sure they will feature in future months.

Rumours that BA will be bringing back other British food staples such as Toffo, Rowntree’s Bursting Bugs, Cartoonies, Panda Pops, Worcester Sauce Twiglets, Pizza Cheesestrings and the iconic Heinz Baked Beans Pizza are untrue.

Sadly I doubt we will see a return to the meat trolley of the 1940’s:


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Comments (40)

  • Russ says:

    Hat tip perhaps for the two contributors regarding long haul aircraft being used on short haul routes?

  • the_real_a says:

    Did the middle classes get served chocolate concrete and pink custard at school? Or was that reserved for the North? Either way, local trendy establishments up here are now serving up this gem. Unashamedly delicious. Should certainly make the menu in my opinion.

    • Paul Pogba says:

      I definitely had pink custard and C40 concrete sponge for pudding in Herts, but only if I’d eaten my flourless over boiled veg and powdery cricket ball of mash.

  • Supersub says:

    Give it a year or two and the comments will be people moaning they can’t fit in the seats any more.

  • Aso40 says:

    On the topic of long haul aircraft on shorthaul routes – just this morning my flight to Larnaca on this coming Friday has updated to a 787.

    Good result as I had not managed to get row 1, which is why I happened to check it again today!

  • Kevin D says:

    Also, I think Aer Lingus are still running an A330 DUB-LHR on Mondays. Just heard Ryanair pulling out of Northern Ireland altogether. Well that didn’t last long. No great loss.

    • ADS says:

      Aer Lingus are flying an A330-300 on the 6.30pm DUB-LHR departure daily except Saturday (6pm Mondays)

      The LHR-DUB A330 flight leaves Hounslow around 9pm (8.30pm Mondays)

  • Jan M says:

    I’m so glad I’m a vegetarian.

  • Alan says:

    To be honest, the roast meal isn’t that attractive. Obviously post-covid one tray catering in business class as it cuts down the customer contact but it’s a bit of a downgrade, no proper starter or desert anymore, very tiny bowls. And the current starter is a tiny bowl of salad (leaves), not even salmon or other ingredients like pre-covid, no big difference from economy class food portion or quality. However, crew can serve each dish one by one in First class, they don’t need to worry about the customer contact, covid won’t spread in the First, interesting. BA current catering reduces food portion and quality (even by Do&Co, won’t help due to limited budget), and it looks like a long term strategy, this is their new catering style for the future.

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