As THE most talked about cruise ship of 2015, Britannia has a serious reputation to uphold. Even the Queen herself was on-hand to christen the vessel at its magnificent naming ceremony. And when it comes to wining and dining on-board the ultra-luxurious megaship, she most definitely delivers.
With no less than 26 restaurants and bars scattered across her decks, passengers are overindulged when it comes to options. P&O calls it a “new era of holiday choice” and backs up its statement with some seriously impressive culinary options. P&O Cruises’ marketing director Christopher Edgington explains the motivation behind the transition, saying “In recent years, our guests’ palates have become increasingly more sophisticated and our culinary offering needs to reflect this change.”
So what’s on the menu? To get your taste buds tingling, we’ve put together a complete guide to eating, drinking and over-indulging on-board the world’s most highly regarded leisure cruiser.
Great British brews
At Brodie’s Bar, passengers enjoy a choice of over 70 ales, beers and ciders sourced from across the motherland. The perfect antidote to a long day spent lounging by the pool or exploring a port of call. Bottoms up!
Prefer a perfectly mixed G&T to a pint? At the ultra-modern Blue Bar you’ll find an incredible selection of artisan gins. And if you fancy something a little more exciting than tonic water, why not indulge in a house cocktail or embark on a gin tasting session?
Market Café featuring Eric Lanlard
Located in Britannia’s beautifully appointed atrium, the Market Café is a mecca for refined palates. French pâtissier and celebrity chef Eric Lanlard will be whipping up a glut of cakes and pastries, including a “premium seasonal Champagne afternoon tea” featuring lychee pearls, Persian candyfloss and Earl Grey perfume. Ooo la la!
Inspired by the art of molecular gastronomy, The Epicurean offers passengers a fine dining experience unlike anything else at sea. The multi-sensory menu boasts dishes such as chicken and morel mushroom mousseline with pistachio crumble, horseradish ice cream, loin of wild boar with a smoked pork cheek croquette and caramelised apple crumble with flaming apple and sherry sorbet.
With a wine list featuring over 40 different drops from around the globe, the Glass House is a vino lover’s delight. British wine expert Olly Smith has personally put together food and wine combinations, with dishes including sea bass ceviche, crab sliders and lobster buns.
The Cookery Club
Keen to try your hand at creating your own culinary masterpieces? Under the eye of culinary legends such as Mary Berry, James Martin, Marco Pierre White and Atul Kochhar, passengers can sign up for classes at The Cookery Club and learn the best kept secrets of the trade.
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