One of the main things that sets Aer Lingus Business Class apart is its food and drink options. In this article I reveal everything that I ate and drank on my business class flight from Dublin to Los Angeles with Aer Lingus.
Aer Lingus Lounges at Dublin Airport
When you’re flying Aer Lingus business class, the food and drink options begin before the flight takes off, at business class lounges. If you’re departing from Dublin Airport, you will have access to two main lounges: the Aer Lingus Business Class Lounge in Terminal 1 and the 51st & Green lounge which is after US Pre-clearance.
Aer Lingus Business Class – Pre-departure Drinks
After you board in the priority line, and settle in to your seat, you are brought a glass of champagne, cold water or orange juice. At the time of writing (late 2023), Aer Lingus is serving Jean Pernet Tradition Brut NV Champagne. A lighter champagne to help you toast your departure!
Aer Lingus Business Class Menu
The menus are printed on quality stock and each item looks very tempting. The very latest Aer Lingus business class menu is right here (opens a new window).
Here is the menu from my day of travel:
Aer Lingus Business Class Food: Canapés
First up was a canapé set to be enjoyed with your first main beverage. The star of the show was that beautiful pesto tart in the centre. The pastry was unctuous and crumbly.
Aer Lingus Business Class Food: First Course
The first course was a duo of smoked salmon and hot-smoked salmon, served with a delicious side salad and fresh bread roll. What really sets this meal apart is the proper cutlery and porcelain plates. Attention to detail is very important at this end of the market.
Aer Lingus Business Class Food: Main Course
The main course was Irish beef fillet with Guinness and rosemary potatoes. Getting beef right in a galley kitchen on board a flight is a magical mystery unclear to me, but this was soft and tender and had a punchy umami flavour from the Guinness.
Aer Lingus Business Class Food: Dessert
Dessert was an orange chocolate marble cake, which i would not have liked, so I went with the Dubliner and Cashel Blue cheeses with crunchy biscuits and a plum and apple chutney. I love the charcoal cheese biscuits (the black biscuit below) and this was served charmingly on a piece of slate.
Aer Lingus Business Class Food: Afternoon Tea
A couple of hours out from arrival, a range of sandwiches was served with a hot mug of tea and a scone with clotted cream and jam. It tasted as good as it looked and after a refreshing nap on the lie-flat seat, it was just the ticket.
Aer Lingus Business Class Food: Alcohol
Have no doubt, there’s a wide range of alcoholic and soft beverages served on board. I enjoyed a gin and tonic and Hendricks was served here with Schweppes tonic. I had a glass of red wine with my main course and it was really excellent. There’s clearly a proper sommelier in the pay of Aer Lingus!
After two gins and a glass of red wine, I think anyone would be ready for a mid-flight nap!
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Food & Drink in Aer Lingus Business Class: Overall Impression
With so many transatlantic flight options, never underestimate the role that food and drink plays to decision makers. While the experience in Aer Lingus business class cabin is not flawless, the food and drink quality is top notch. The fact that it’s served with such charm by the cabin crew is certainly an added bonus.