BEarlier than Covid-19, journey journalists have been typically requested to preview new airline menus on precise flights – or no less than on posh launch events, writes Hazel plush. However instances have modified …
Yesterday afternoon, British Airways introduced their collaboration with Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge through video convention – with a mysterious package deal delivered forward of time to my entrance door.
"Don't open the field till you name," the aspect word learn, including that I needed to skip lunch and preheat my oven to 180 ° C. It wasn't a daily launch occasion.
And but it was a great deal – not least as a result of Chef Tom Kerridge proved to be a gracious host on the video name, regardless of the inevitable wifi hiccup. 'Creating the menu throughout a world lockdown hasn't been simple,' he admitted, 'nevertheless it definitely saved me and my crew busy whereas the hospitality was closed. . "
We popped our pies within the oven, as Kerridge touted the virtues of celery in sandwiches (crunchy, refreshing), and described the “good” buns for his Hen and Bacon Sub (“chewy and chewy – so as to squeeze all the pieces collectively ”).
All nice enjoyable, however in actuality we have been all excited to cowl a narrative that doesn't contain 'journey lanes', quarantine, or PCR testing. Within the outdated days, launching a brand new menu was an excuse for a reunion with trade mates: pleasurable however not precisely thrilling. Now, nonetheless, we've sucked up each crumb of the excellent news – and fairly a couple of sandwiches, too. Right here's what I thought of it:
Ham and Smoked Cheddar Sandwich (£ four.10): A meaty and engaging sandwich on the doorstep – essentially the most filling choice on the menu.
Brie Plowman Sandwich (£ four.20): A revelation! The brie works nice in a plowman, and the chutney was candy and spicy.
Hen and Bacon Baguette (£ four.50): Good brioche, however the topping was too creamy for my liking – a bit salad would have lightened the load.
Steak and Beer Pie (£ four.50): Stuffed, with a buttery dough: all the pieces you may need in a steak-and-ale. My solely criticism? Too small.
The Speedbird menu will likely be launched quickly.