Each week, my Meal of the Week feature examines an airline meal from my travels over the years. This may be a meal from earlier in the week or it may be a meal served over a decade ago.
I was introduced to something new on my last British Airways flight…
For years I have enjoyed afternoon tea on British Airways flights…something I’ve written about before and look forward to. But when I flew from London to Frankfurt a couple weeks ago in the afternoon, I decided to try something different.
Now let’s take a step back for a moment. British Airways has re-invested in its business class product including its shorthaul catering. Starting late last year, BA introduced a choice of meals on shorthaul flights. For years, if you travelled on BA in the afternoon it was afternoon tea or afternoon tea. But now you’ll have a true choice…plus the option of ordering special meals.
But while I like to think of myself as fairly knowledgable of British English, I got thrown for a curve when the FA asked if I wanted afternoon tea or “a Ploughman’s.”
A what? Admittedly, I had to look it up.
A ploughman’s lunch is an English cold meal which is based on bread, cheese, and onions, and usually accompanied by butter and some form of pickle. Additional items such as ham, green salad, hard boiled eggs and apple can be added.
Rather than ask the FA what a Ploughman was I just ordered it. I figured that even if it was not good, at least it would be different pictures than the dozens of afternoon tea pictures I had.
The meal arrived…and I was pleasantly surprised. There were no onions, but some cold cuts, a tomato, cheese, preserves, a Branston Pickle, and a half Scotch Egg (hard boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, coated in bread crumbs and baked or deep-fried).
Quite honestly, I enjoyed it very much and still received my beloved warm scone with clotted cream.
Throw in a cup of tea with lemon and two bags of almonds and I was quite content with my late lunch.
I learned something new. I now know what “a Ploughman’s” is. And I’ll order it again.
Afternoon tea or a Ploughman’s for you?