Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

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:


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (40)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

  • Olly says:

    Any sign of a spotted dick? 🤪

    • Dr Tom says:

      That’s only offered to customers who show their Mile High Club membership card.

  • KP says:

    ‘Will [be] serving’

  • Andrew says:

    It’s a shame that things aren’t totally back to normal and the Covid excuses continue with a single tray concept in Club World with all the courses served at once – very premium economy.

    • Kay Melville says:

      The lack of lounges, when other lounges are open, is what irks me. Even where lounges are shared they are not open to BA passengers!

      • Save East Coast Rewards says:

        Lufthansa are worse, they cancelled third party lounge contracts before BA did and I can’t see any sign of them restoring access yet. Of course everytime you fly from an airport with an ope lounge but not accessible by BA you should submit a complaint

        • Lady London says:

          Speaking of Lufthansa, they have sent out an interesting email this morning saying you can book a row in Y to yourself on any flight over 11 hours or so for a very very moderate fee varying between 159 and 229 euros – they’re call it “sleepers row”.

          Air NZ did something similar, not sure if they put the 11 hour flight minimum on it though. It’s a reason I would actually consider Lufthansa for far long haul now

          I presume people having much more illustrious status than me, with Lufthansa recei ved this information some time previously 🙂

          • Rhys says:

            was announced a few weeks ago!

          • 1ATL says:

            At least on NZ skycouch they had dedicated rows where the armrests folded away without any lumps and bumps and the floor space also became part of the sleeping space. The LH initiative seems to be a revenue increasing exercise by merely guaranteeing an empty row with a mattress pad on half empty flights. I’d expect the initiative to disappear as a bookable option once passenger loads return towards pre-pandemic levels.

  • Memesweeper says:

    “Worcester Sauce Twiglets”

    They went so fast I thought I’d imagined them…

  • Andrew says:

    Where’s the Haggis?

    If there was anything that was really easy to plate up… And easy to serve the same headline menu as Vegan or Lamb (Halal).

    Everyone is happy.

    • Peggerz says:

      The haggis shooting season doesn’t start until 15th October.

    • Yorkieflyer says:

      In what sense is everyone Scottish?

      • andrew says:

        It’s a faith thing…

        Hindus generally don’t eat bovine, Jews and Muslims don’t generally eat porcine. Meat eaters of all faiths will happily scoff chicken or lamb.

        So having Haggis on the menu, of both meat and meatless varieties is a universal dish. Or are you not that keen on spicy lamb sausage?

  • ankomonkey says:

    Toffos are a great call.

  • Ronald Jacobs says:

    Mind you, from the plate in the hand of the hostess it doesn’t look as if you got much in the (late) 1940s.

    • Frankie says:

      I love the piles up bread slices. No artisan bread roll back then.

      • riku says:

        I thought the UK only got white sliced bread in the sixties when Chorley Wood bread was invented but it seems that brits liked that kind of bread even in the late 40’s

    • Paul Pogba says:

      Meat rationing didn’t end until 1954 and people weren’t as obese as they are now.

      • Bagoly says:

        Exactly – so I think that is more likely to be 1960s?
        Especially as the curvature of the wall suggests something at least as big as a 707.

        • Paul Pogba says:

          The 60s would make more sense given the block of Jarlsberg/Svembo on the table, I don’t think it was exported much before that.

  • Lee says:

    re the 787 routes – anyone know what tests are required if out of the UK for say a day or two?

    • Rob says:

      Same as if you’re going for longer ….

      The only difference is that, if going for under 72 hours, you can do your ‘fit to fly’ return test in the UK before you go, so one less thing to worry about whilst away. Still need to waste £60+ on a PCR test when you return.

      • Bagoly says:

        All you need is a number on the PLF for the airline to check at the foreign airport.
        Expert Medicals Fully Vaccinated Amber Arrivals last week was £28, no extra for postage.

        • Nigel says:

          Expert Medicals is a dodgy company working from an office above a shop in Bradford. They specialise in medicals for (dodgy) insurance claims. I wouldn’t trust them to send a test kit out in time.

          • Save East Coast Rewards says:

            You don’t need to. You have the booking ref, that’s your end of the deal done. If the supplier lets you down then that’s not your fault. It’s on the approved list

    • John says:

      Same tests as going for any other period of time, except that you can take your “fly to the UK” test in the UK before leaving

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.