P&O Cruises Dining
At a glance:
- Main dining restaurants feature traditional, set dining times and anytime dining, for a more flexible approach.
- There is a mix of formal, informal & casual dress codes, depending on the evening and venue.
- Signature restaurants feature menu's designed by world renowned chefs such as Marco Pierre White and Atul Kochhar.
- Complimentary room service and casual dining restaurants are available around the clock.
- Special children’s menus and mealtimes can be found onboard Aurora, Azura, Oceana and Ventura.
P&O Cruises are well renowned for their high standards of service and quality of dining. Traditionally, the cuisine onboard has always had a British feel to it, from the former Gary Rhodes venues onboard Arcadia and Oriana, to Marco Pierre White's restaurants, which are slowly moving through the fleet, the dining experience has become more varied and contemporary.
Through these celebrity chefs, not only do the signature restaurants have a unique feel, but the whole network of restaurants onboard receive planning and input from these culinary experts to help constantly improve and refine the dining experience. The addition of twice Michelin star chef Atul Kochhar, with his Sindhu restaurant, and the eccentric Olly Smith, with the Glass Room, P&O Cruises continue to reflect the incredible and varied cuisine now found in the UK.
P&O Cruises are renowned for offering world class dining onboard their ships, so-much-so that all of their executive chefs have been invited to join the Chaine des Rotisseurs. The Chaine des Rotisseurs is an international respected gastronomic society that was founded in Paris in 1950. It brings together professionals, such as chefs, restaurateurs and non-professionals from across the globe and membership is a prestigious affair.
Dining Onboard P&O Cruises
The Food Courts
The Food Courts, often referred to as the buffet, onboard P&O Cruises offer a fantastic option for casual, 24 hour dining. Though the restaurants lack the elegance and sophistication of the main dining room and specialty restaurants, these informal, relaxed eateries are always popular with cruises. Don't worry - you won't be faced with burgers and chips that have sat there all day, the menu's change according to the time of day. The early morning is based on breakfast food, with a brunch-style menu available from late morning. There is then late morning snack, lunch and afternoon tea and cakes. The evenings offer main courses ideal after a day of shores excursions or relaxation if you don't fancy getting your glad rags on for the main dining rooms. There is also a selection of snacks available throughout the night, from pizza to sandwiches.
The Main Dining Room
P&O Cruises offer two types of dining in their main dining rooms — Club Dining, which is set dining times (6:30pm or 8:30pm) and available throughout the fleet, and Freedom Dining, which offers flexible dining times and tables sizes. The main dining rooms offer an elegant ambiance and sociable atmosphere while you enjoy silver-service and a five course menu.
Select Dining is P&O Cruises specialty dining option, offering more intimate venues, a stunning variety of food and, of course, the aforementioned celebrity chef restaurants. Whether it's a romantic meal for two, a celebration, or just a change of scenery, these restaurants offer fantastic food. From the fine dining of The White Room and Sindhu, to the relaxed atmosphere of The Glass House of Café Bordeaux, there is something for everyone. Please note: Many of the select dining restaurants do carry an additional cover change.
Cafe Jardin onboard Oceana, Cafe Bordeaux onboard Aurora and Ocean Grill onboard Arcadia are signature specialty restaurants designed by the three Michelin starred chef Marco Pierre White. Marco's ideas are ingrained in the menu and concepts behind the restaurants.
Offering a different specialty restaurant experience, from an equally impressive Michelin starred chef, there's Atul Kochhar. Sindhu, Kochhar's fine dining restaurant onboard Arcadia, Aurora, Britannia, Oriana, Ventura Azura, offers his renowned Indian cuisine with a British twist.
The Glass House is based on a London wine bar, where the all the wine's are selected by British wine expert Olly Smith. The Glass house also offers a light menu, which has been picked to go hand-in-hand with the wines on offer. The Glass House can be found onboard Aurora, Azura, Britannia and Ventura.
Food Themed Cruises & Excursions From left to right: Olly Smith, Eric Lanlard, James Martin, Marco Pierre White, Atul Kochhar
Cruises with Olly Smith
Olly believes that there is a wine out there to suit every palette and every pocket. He frequently appears as a wine expert on Saturday Kitchen and makes guest appearances on ITV’s This Morning. Join Olly for a spot of wine tasting, sampling a selection of wines chosen especially. If you’ve always wondered what wine could perfectly pair with one of your specialty dishes, now is the time to ask.
Cruises with Eric Lanlard
Labelled the best pâtissier in the world by Vanity Fair Magazine, Eric’s earned a reputation for his exquisite baked delights, and if you’ve ever visited The Market Café onboard Britannia, we’re sure you’ll understand why. On Eric’s Food Heroes Cruises, you can embark on a foodie adventure excursion with him, sure to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth.
Cruises with James Martin
By the age of 22, James had already made head chef. Now one of the nation’s best-loved chefs, you may know the Yorkshire-born Food Hero from BBC’s popular cookery show, Saturday Kitchen. Onboard Britannia, you can learn from James and other Food Heroes during a selection of two-hour cookery classes taking place at The Cookery Club. Having been involved in the making of the club with everything from the design to the crockery, you can truly have an authentic experience in a kitchen very personal to James.
Cruises with Marco Pierre White
Marco Pierre White was the youngest person to have been awarded three Michelin stars and has trained many well-known chefs such as the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Curtis Stone. You can learn from Marco in a hands-on cookery class or as part of a masterclass, where he will demonstrate his tricks of the trade. Dubbed the ''Godfather of British cuisine'', this really is a special opportunity.
Cruises with Atul Kochhar
As the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star, Atul now boasts two of these prestigious accolades. With his love for British ingredients, he creates innovative dishes that change the way people experience Indian cuisine. You can join Atul for an exclusive hosted dinner, a specially crafted shore excursion or for a masterclass, where you can learn the art of spice, which can easily be replicated at home.
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