British Airways revamps menus on flights from Gatwick

11 Dec 2019 by Jenni Reid
First class British Airways meal. Nick Morrish/British Airways

Passengers flying on British Airways from Gatwick can expect a new set of menus featuring locally-sourced ingredients.

The carrier said it had spent millions investing in the catering on both its short- and long-haul routes across all cabins.

Menus will vary by route, but Club Europe (regional business class) main courses will include Hampshire Chalk Stream trout gremolata with roasted new potatoes, fennel and dill sauce; a poached free-range egg with grilled halloumi, potato, red onion hash and spiced beans; spinach and ricotta ravioli in cherry tomato sauce, bocconcini and basil pesto; Severn and Wye smoked salmon blinis with crème fraiche and keta caviar; and seared fillet of cod on lemon and chive linguine with tomato basil sauce.

British Airways Club Europe dining. Nick Morrish/British Airways

Club World (long-haul business class) main courses include seared fillet of cod with butter beans, saffron, crispy chorizo and smoked paprika; ale-braised feather blade of British beef with chive mashed potatoes, horseradish dumplings and Chantenay carrots; and pan-fried Parmesan polenta with wild mushroom ragout, wilted greens and savoury walnut granola.

First class passengers will be offered Onley Oak ribeye steak with vine cherry tomatoes, baby watercress and beef jus, or roasted monkfish with tadka dal, pickled carrots, curry leaf and mustard coconut sauce.

Ingredients will be supplied by Newrest, who will work with suppliers in the south of England.

Long-haul economy and premium economy passengers will also get revamped meals, although BA did not provide example dishes.

Short-haul economy passengers will continue to be offered Marks and Spencer products to buy.

BA flies to more than 70 destinations from Gatwick.

It has refurbished its entire B777 fleet at the airport with new economy and premium economy seats.

While it has given a detailed schedule of when aircraft at Heathrow will be retrofitted with its new business class Club Suite, it has not yet announced when aircraft at Gatwick (which is more leisure-oriented) will receive the product.

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