In recent times two well-known British brands have both launched options for those flying in economy but wishing to eat well whilst on their flights.
First to launch back in late-2014 was Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food, with their range of onboard picnics:
When you’re travelling, you may be strapped for time and in a rush to catch your flight, but that doesn’t mean you should have to miss out on enjoying a tasty meal.
Pick up a Plane Food Picnic as you pass through Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5, and you’ll be able to take away a succulent meal to savour on your flight. Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food picnics give you everything you need in a small carry on bag, so you can easily bring it on board your flight with you and tuck into at your leisure.
With a 3-course menu costing just £14.00, and decent range of options including the option to add freshly-baked bread and water at a reasonable cost, this definitely compares well against the basic sandwiches and snacks supplied in BA Euro Traveller, for instance. Here’s the current menu:
- Selection of mini breakfast pastries
- Caesar salad, pancetta, soft boiled egg
- Antipasti of salami, buffalo mozzarella
- Prawn & baby gem cocktail
- Smoked Scottish salmon with an apple, celery & walnut salad
- Honey-roasted beetroot, goat’s cheese, walnut & rocket
- Roasted Hereford rump of beef with green bean salad & mustard
- Cumbrian honey-roast & Parma ham with slow roast vine tomatoes
- Fruit salad, vanilla yoghurt
- Chocolate & pecan brownie, crème Chantilly
- Cheesecake tart with berries
- English cheeses, fig & almond torte with biscuits
Whilst the Plane Food restaurant in T5 is open from 5am – 9.30pm, the picnic packages are only available for purchase from 7am – 9pm 7 days a week, so not so good for those very early morning flights.
Whilst I haven’t tried the picnic yet myself (I plan to next time I fly through T5), photos and reviews seem to look very promising.
Then just this morning, Rob at HeadforPoints reports that Fortnum and Mason have launched their own range of take-away picnic hampers (known as ‘hamperlings’!) for collection from their T5 location:
[T]he new Fortnum & Mason restaurant in Terminal 5 has launched a range of ‘eat on board’ takeaway hamperlings. You can now feel free to downgrade from Club Europe to Euro Traveller, reinvesting part of your saving into one of these!
Adventurers and explorers alike will be able to choose from a range of 5 expertly designed aeroplane menus, to take on-board for their journeys. These feature some of Fortnum’s best-loved produce from the Food Hall including: Smoked Salmon; Lincolnshire Poacher; York Ham; Game Terrine; Rare Roast Glenarm Salt-Aged Beef and Fortnum’s Oscietra Caviar.
Each Hamperling is packaged in an aeroplane-friendly plate format and comes with its own Fortnum & Mason cutlery set and cool bag in signature eau-de-nil, to ensure that all travellers are now able to dine on the plane in style and ease.
The prices range from £15 to £50. The £50 version is designed for two to share and includes 10g of F&M Oscietra caviar!
There are currently no details available on the Fortnum and Mason site, nor any press releases that I’ve seen, so we’ll have to wait and see for more details and prices.
What with the new independent Aspire lounge that opened in T5 last year, and now these two take-away options for eating on-board flights boarding from the terminal, things have definitely improved substantially for those travelling on BA without status or that are sat back in economy. Long may it continue!