October 19 2023  |  Catering

Virgin Atlantic launches autumn/winter menu

By Alex Preston

Virgin Atlantic has introduced a new menu including new beverages featuring, including wines, cocktails, matcha and kombucha

Virgin Atlantic has launched its new autumn/winter menu across all cabins.

As of October 4, passengers in Virgin's Upper Class cabin are able to select from a range of British favourites and world flavours. The main menu includes succulent serrano ham with roasted squash, pickled red onion and feta cheese, herb roasted chicken breast and roasted trout fillet.

A highlight is the Extra Bites menu, featuring a cream tea including both a sultana scone and white chocolate and orange scone, with clotted cream, morello cherry jam and lemon curd. There is also a bao bun with cashew satay chicken and a spiced lamb flatbread.

The new menu features an increased focus on vegetarian and plant-based options, including carrot tartare with whipped ricotta, spinach and ricotta tortellini, spiced apple and parsnip soup and a beyond burger® with pickled onions, vegan cheese, and vegan mayonnaise. New flavours of Northern Bloc plant-based ice cream will also be served — double salted caramel or lemon sorbet.

An À la carte breakfast menu has been introduced in Upper Class, enabling passengers to ‘build their own breakfast’ from options of yoghurt, fresh fruit, warm pastries, and a new range of cereals such as artisan granola or fruit and fibre. Passengers wanting to catch up on sleep can order an Express Breakfast, served 40 minutes before landing. This includes either a bacon roll or sweet pastry. New wellbeing drinks are also making their debut, including Real sparkling tea, Perfect Ted matcha and Lo Bros kombucha. The latest edition of onboard wines feature a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, a Côtes du Rhône Rosé and an Italian Villa Borghetti Valpolicella Classico.

Premium customers can choose between a chicken lasagne, sage and thyme pork stew and panko coated tofu with katsu vegetable curry. A new addition to the service is a British cheese plate with vintage cheddar, blacksticks blue, fig jelly and grapes with olive oil and sea salt crackers. A choice of sweet or savoury Mile High Tea will be on offer, with either coconut and blueberry financier and pistachio macaron mini patisseries, or mini quiche Lorraine and smoked salmon blini.

Economy Delight passengers can now pre-order their entrees, which is already available in Premium and Upper Class. The new Economy menu features a chicken, leek and tarragon casserole and a creamy spinach and butternut pasta, complemented by Cathedral City cheddar and crackers and a Pots & Co plant-based chocolate pot.

Snacks across cabins have been upgraded, with Economy passengers having a choice between Walker’s shortbread fingers, vanilla Oreos, Cadbury mini fingers and Penn State sour cream and chive pretzels. Upper Class and Premium snacks will feature Savoursmiths bubbly and serrano chilli crisps, Yumma peach flavoured gummy sweets,Creative Nature blueberry muffin bar, Love Raw Vegan caramelized biscuit bar and more.

Virgin Atlantic works with catering partner Gate Gourmet on its inflight food and beverage offering.

“We’re delighted to introduce our new onboard menu, marking the return of the season that makes our customers crave some winter sun. At Virgin Atlantic we’re always looking to create memorable moments onboard, which is why we strive to offer an unmatched, contemporary and extensive selection of dishes across our cabins,” said Corneel Koster, Chief Customer and Operating Officer, Virgin Atlantic in the accompanying press release.

“From the addition of wellbeing drinks in Upper Class to the extension of pre-select to Economy Delight, our focus on innovation means our customers experience nothing short of fantastic service and flavourful food, no matter where they’re travelling to.”

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