British Airways launches a new Speedbird Cafe menu for your short-haul Economy flights
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Speedbird Cafe is the name that British Airways gives to its pre-order food and drink service for passengers travelling in short haul Economy / Euro Traveller.
My one and only attempt to order something resulted in the food being ruined during heating, no replacement being available (since most items must be pre-ordered) and the promised refund never turning up. Don’t let that put you off though!
One improvement recently is that some items are now loaded onto the aircraft for impulse purchases. Under the old system, you even had to pre-order coffee if you wanted one – it is now possible to be impulsive and order one on the day. Only selected ambient (ie non-perishable) food items are available without a pre-order.
The good news for irony lovers is that the Afternoon Tea package – which doesn’t actually come with tea or any other drink – is still available for £5.
Leaving the building will be:
- Jose Pizarro Tapas Box
- Jose Pizarro Veggie Tapas Box
- Tom Kerridge The Brie Ploughman’s Sandwich
- Tom Kerridge Chicken, Bacon and Celery Brioche Crunch
- Tom Kerridge Vegan Spiced Cauliflower and Chickpea Wrap
Joining the menu for flights from 21st July will be:
- Toast Session IPA 330ml
- PLAYin CHOC Dinosaur ToyChoc Box
- Scrapples Apple & Mango Crisps 12g
- Pullin’s Triple Chocolate Muffin 110g
- MOTH Margarita 125ml
- Bacardi Mojito 250ml
- Ploughman’s Meat Snack Box
- Ploughman’s Veggie Snack Box
- La Baume Grande Olivette Grenache Cinsault Rosé 187ml
- Tom Kerridge Mediterranean Chickpea Flatbread (from 11th August)
- Tom Kerridge West Country Cheddar Ploughman`s Sandwich (from 11th August)
- Tom Kerridge Chicken, Bacon, Celery Brioche Sandwich (from 11th August)
It’s worth knowing that the Tom Kerridge products are not licenced – they are made in Tom’s own facilities in Marlow to his specifications.
The £4.50 Tom Kerridge Steak & Ale Pie is probably the best item on the menu, as Rhys reviewed here – this article also looks at how you order from Speedbird Cafe.
Cups of tea and coffee are now an inflation-busting £2.70. Aer Lingus was only €3 (£2.50) when I flew them on Monday ….. That said, the Steak & Ale Pie remains at the £4.50 that Rhys paid over a year ago despite high food price inflation.
You can take a look at the full menu, and pre-order, on this special website.
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