P&O Cruises Dining
At a Glance Guide:
- 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 featuring world renowned chefs such as Marco Pierre White and Atul Kotchhar.
- Complementary room service and casual dining restaurants are available around the clock.
- Special children’s menus and mealtimes can be found onboardd 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 across the fleet 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 additions of Michelin star chef Atul Kochhar, with his Sindhu restaurant onboard Azura, and the eccentric Olly Smith, with the Glass Room also onboard Azura, 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 and restaurateurs and non-professional 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 with 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, available onboard Azura, Oceana and Ventura. The main dining rooms offer an elegant ambience and socialable atmosphere while you enjoy silver-service and a five course menu.
Marco Pierre White
The White Room is P&O Cruises' latest signature specialty restaurant, from the former three Michelin starred chef Marco Pierre White. The now infamous TV gave back his Michelin stars when he opted to move out of the kitchen, though the menu and concepts behind the restaurant, which serves classic Italian fare, are his work. The White Room is Marco Pierre White's signature offering onboard the Ventura, but there are also the sister venues throughout the fleet — Cafe Jardin onboard Oceana, Cafe Bordeaux onboard Aurora and the Ocean Grill onboard Adonia, Aurora & Oriana, all offering a truly special dining experience.
Azura, P&O Cruises' most modern ship, offers a slightly different specialty restaurant, from an equally impressive Michelin starred chef, Atul Kochhar. At 31 Kochhar became the first Indian chef to receive the prestigious Michel star and his cuisine embodies the spirit of modern British cuisine, combing his influences of Indian and British fare. Sindhu, Kochhar's fine dining restaurant onboard Azura, offers his renowned Indian cuisine with a British twist.
The Glass House
The Glass House is a new concept for P&O Cruises, 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, so if you've ever caught the blond haired, wine loving eccentric in Saturday Morning Kitchen and wanted to sample his expertise, then The Glass house is the perfect place to do so.
Sample menu. Wine List.
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 to enjoy 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.