Review: British Airways Club Europe Afternoon Tea


If you fly on British Airways in Club Europe (European Business Class) between 2:00 – 5:00 pm you may be expecting a rather nice salad or perhaps even some kind of warm meal. Alas no. The British Airways famous afternoon tea will be on offer and as you can see from the above picture, it is not as luxury or “Business Class” as you would hope.

Wherever you decide to fly, book your hotel via our luxury travel concierge. We offer free upgrades, free breakfasts, and free perks at hotels, including Four Seasons, Aman, Belmond, Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, InterContinental, and more. You also get your usual Marriott Bonvoy, Hyatt, Hilton, and other loyalty points and status benefits when you book with our concierge.

Club Europe for afternoon tea

On my flight on British Airways Club Europe, I was offered a cup or two of very tasty tea along with any other drinks I wanted including alcohol (no complaints yet), and then the meal.

I was given 3 tiny crustless sandwiches (pictured above). One with beef in, one with chicken and beetroot and one with cheese and pickle. The problem for me is not the content, it is the quality. These sandwiches were meager and dry. The chicken is not pieces of chicken but slices of processed chicken, the same goes for the beef and the cheese is not exciting. If, like my husband, you aren’t a fan of pickle or beetroot or thinly sliced beef.. well you are left rather hungry. Of course, there is also a scone which was again on the dry side, with cream and jam, but really for the upgraded price of a Club Europe, I would expect better.

I have already written that I do feel that Club Europe is worth spending your Avios on for the Heathrow lounges and Fast Tracked security.

When returning to the UK you do not get these benefits, and if you only have access to a Priority Pass style lounge, like at Nice airport, Club Europe simply isn’t really worth the expense. Buy a sandwich at the airport pre-flight and enjoy eating something tasty in the more confined economy seating.

Note: Benefits offered correct at the time of writing but may be amended at discretion of the vendor.