United Airlines no longer serves afternoon tea onboard its westbound flights from London. Still, I thought I would compare tea service on United and British Airways this week for my Meal of the Week installment. Why? Rumors are swirling that United may bring back tea service on the ex-LHR flights.
I mentioned in my British Airways first class review from New York to London that I loved afternoon tea because it is just not something I would ever treat myself to at home or even in a restaurant. Maybe one day I’ll do afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab, but that would be a very special exception…
The British Airways business and first class tea service is the same in substance, but different in style. Imagine my beautifully laid out meal below placed on a single tray with the sandwiches and cakes wrapped in plastic:
The sandwiches were fine, I did not touch the cakes, but I loved the scones and clotted cream. Delicious.
United’s tea service also included scones with clotted cream, as well as three crustless sandwiches and a slice of cheese. While British Airways offered a variety of teas, United offered only black tea.
I miss the tea for more sentimental reasons: it was always just part of the United experience when traveling from London.
United’s current pre-arrival meal now includes a hot dish with salad:
Do you prefer this or a tea service?
My answer: why not offer both?