Virgin Atlantic plans to bring the iconic British afternoon tea to the skies on its flights to the UK.
The airline recently announced that it has teamed up with celebrity chef and master pâtissier Eric Lanlard. Beginning this summer, passengers in Upper Class, Premium and Economy cabins on all of their fights will be able to enjoy a delicious selection of food.
The afternoon tea served on the flight will have the traditional homemade sandwiches, scones, and macarons. Those in business and first class will be able to have their tea at an onboard cocktail bar, with economy passengers will be served it at their seats.
Lanlard and the airline plan to use test flights to ensure that the food tastes perfect for passengers at high altitudes.
Starting from 23 April, members of the Virgin Atlantic Heathrow Clubhouse were also able to experience a complimentary luxury afternoon tea on the ground. Here, guests have a choice of tea or rose champagne, along with an assortment of prosciutto, sun blushed tomato and rocket on a stone baked Campagne brown roll; smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill mint mini croissant and broccoli, goat’s cheese and crew savory tart.
Sweet treats include homemade plain and sultana scones with strawberry preserve, lemon, and clotted cream; Eton mess verrine with strawberry coulis; apple and blackberry cake, and dark chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce.
Virgin Atlantic is known for its gourmet food service, with its clubhouse at New York’s JFK airport often being called one of the best places to eat at the airport. Afternoon tea is available on the ground at the clubhouse between 3 and 5:30 p.m.