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Nov 12, 2011 06:48 PM

Flying to London on BA ? about meals

MY hubby and I will be headed to London this spring fromm Philadelphia and I was wondering what type of food to expect. The last time I went (2 plus years ago I had the fruit platter both ways - wonderful out of Phila not so out of London) Leaving both cities on the later flight if that matters. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

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  1. Food on BA is generally not bad however I now tend to pick up a couple of sandwiches, fruit and water before boarding. That way I can be reasonably certain of getting reasonable food in flight.

    Airline food is getting pretty hit or miss these days.

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    1. re: Metatron

      Thanks for the tips but I was kinda looking for waht a typical measl maybe for an adul. I sat next to a child last time and her meal looked GOOD:)

      1. re: Prettypoodle

        You'll get a hot meal tray with a small starter (usually salad) and a small dessert. As Metatron says, the food on BA is generally better than most airlines. Free booze, too.

        Have a browse through the pictures on this site to give you an idea of what to expect:

        1. re: FarleyFlavors

          Thanks:) This is what I was looking for. LOVE the idea of free booze, but we will be with three children, so I will sadly say "no thanks:.

          1. re: Prettypoodle

            ,,,,orrrr like everyone else I know, you could just say "Yes please!"....and take the miniatures with you! ;)

            Usually (not always) they have to crack the top....but you can just screw it back up and take it onward to your destination to help you sleep when the kids wake up in the middle of the night and want to jump on your bed. ;)

            1. re: ooglewoogle

              The kids (my cousins) are very well behaved and would not dream of jumping on the bed with me in it - but I like the way you think!:)

    2. I travel BA very frequently and have tried most of the special meals, and in my opinion Hindu Vegetarian is the way to go, though it's not guaranteed to be available on all routes.

      Ordering a special meal makes things a bit more fun because you get your food first and it's sort of exciting not knowing what weird shit you're eating. That said, I always pack some food for the flight because airline food is actually completely crap, whether in business, first, or cattle.[

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      1. re: brokentelephone

        There is no way my carnivore husband will ever willing ask for vegitarian, but thanks anyway!

        1. re: Prettypoodle

          Must a man and woman eat the same meal?

          Sometimes you can get lucky and get chicken tikka masala on BA economy class -- it's the only plane meal I've actually sort of enjoyed in recent memory.

          Speaking of plane meals, on your way out from Heathrow Terminal 5 I recommend ordering a to-go meal from Gordon Ramsay's Plane Food. It makes for a really nice alternative to eating a sandwich or the on-board offerings and is a nice finish to your trip.

          1. re: brokentelephone

            With you on this one - I always pray it is going to be chicken tikka masala whenever I fly!!

      2. I often fly BA to the States, and I've found that the food is usually better going from London than what I eat returning from whatever city in the U.S. I think BA's food is usually better than most airlines, although we flew to L.A. on Virgin this year, and their service and food, even in the Economy section, was even better than BA's. Menus are always changing... it's hard to predict what will be best.

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        1. re: zuriga1

          Yah I agree the food leaving is usually better than returning.

          I used to always order Kosher meals and the meals packaged by Hermonis are actually pretty decent (lox bagel, etc) but they once gave me a fish pie and I never ordered kosher again. Fish pie on a plane is a recipe for disgusting.

          1. re: brokentelephone

            I heard the KOsher from Hermonis is supposed to be one of the best Kosher vendors, but fish pie no thanks:)

        2. It does depend if you are at the front, middle or the back of the plane. Which one are you in?

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          1. re: PhilD

            We are flying in the cheap seats:(

            1. re: Prettypoodle

              Like Broken Telephone, I go Hindu. But last time the flight got switched to American Airlines. There was no choice, no Hindu and the food was pretty disgusting.

              1. re: J Sheridan

                AA is worse than the AA meetings I should probably be attending....

                1. re: PhilD

                  Or bring something tasty for the flight -- no matter how much or long you obsess about your in-flight meal plan, whatever the airlines serves will not be delicious.

                  1. re: Nancy S.

                    indeed. i had no idea that chowhounding could extend to airline food! anyway, it's rarely inedible. and it'll mean you look forward to your fist destination meal all the more!