Virgin Atlantic is announcing a brand new partnership with celebrity chef and master pâtissier Eric Lanlard. Eric has created a series of bespoke afternoon teas for the London Heathrow Clubhouse and for Upper Class, Premium, and Economy cabins on all day flights worldwide.

Eric Lanlard will be bringing his award winning culinary experience to the Virgin Atlantic Heathrow Clubhouse, served afternoon tea between 3pm and 5.30pm daily. This latest addition to the Clubhouse menu can be enjoyed with a pot of tea or Lanson rose champagne and will be served on a bespoke stand filled with items including:

Prosciutto, sunblushed tomato and rocket on a stone baked Campagne brown roll
Smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill mint mini croissant
Broccoli, goat’s cheese and cress savoury tart
Homemade plain and sultana scones with strawberry preserve, lemon and clotted cream
Eton mess verrine with strawberry coulis
Apple and blackberry cake
Dark chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce

Customers across all three of Virgin Atlantic’s cabins will also get the chance to sample Eric’s signature afternoon tea when flying on day flights. Launching in late summer, the 38,000ft high tea will feature handmade sandwiches, scones and an assortment of macarons. Eric will be trialling the onboard high tea on a special test flight this April in order to hone the perfect menu for each cabin.

Daniel Kerzner, VP of Customer Experience at Virgin Atlantic commented:

“Virgin Atlantic is famous for its award winning food and drink, and this year we’re taking that reputation to new heights. We’re excited to work with Eric Lanlard and introduce a fresh take on afternoon tea to our Heathrow Clubhouse from April, and onboard our flights from late summer. It’s the first time that Eric has partnered with an airline, and I think our customers are going to love it.”

Eric Lanlard, Master pâtissier commented:

“I am very excited about this new partnership and can’t wait to combine my passion for baking with air travel. And who better to do it with than a fun, dynamic and iconic brand such as Virgin Atlantic. We’re on a mission to own afternoon tea both in the air and on the ground at the Heathrow Clubhouse.“

Eric’s new afternoon tea joins a host of food and drinks already available to Virgin Atlantic customers. Everyone onboard all Virgin Atlantic flights are treated to two tasty meals, snacks, wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks as well as award winning inflight entertainment.



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