P&O Cruises Menus

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P&O Cruises offer a fantastic selection of food, with included dining available in the main dining rooms and Horizon buffet. In addition, you’ll find a choice of speciality restaurants where you can choose to dine for a supplement if you wish.

The menus on board change every day, so one thing’s for sure, you’ll never be bored of the food!

p&o cruises food

In this guide to P&O Cruises food, I’ve included sample menus for the most popular dining venues to give you an idea of what to expect.

As you can see, there are lots of options for people eating gluten-free and vegetarians, while vegans should also check out the special vegan and vegetarian menu.

So, pick which menu you’re most interested in, or scroll through to see them all…

P&O Cruises Breakfast Menu

P&O Cruises give guests the choice of dining in the main dining room or the buffet restaurant each day. There are advantages to each and I’d definitely recommend that you try them both at least once during your cruise.

I like to eat breakfast in the buffet because it’s faster and there’s more choice. A buffet breakfast is ideal if you have kids who like certain things or if you have an excursion planned so want to eat quickly and get off the ship.

However, eating breakfast in the main dining room is a lovely, relaxing start to the day. The breakfast menu has a good selection of breakfast food and you can sit back and relax while everything is brought to you.

If you’re staying in a suite (not a conservatory or mini suite), you can also enjoy breakfast in the Epicurean, Glasshouse or Sindhu once during your cruise for no extra charge.

Here’s a typical main dining room breakfast menu on P&O Cruises’ ships:

Continental Breakfast

  • Fruit Juice – Orange, Apple, Pineapple, Tomato
  • Fruit – Orange, Grapefruit, Melon
  • Fruit Compotes – Figs, Prunes, Apricots, Apple
  • Cereal – All-Bran, Alpen, Bran Flakes, Corn Flakes, Frosties, Fruit ’n Fibre, Porridge, Rice Krispies, Shredded Wheat, Special K, Weetabix
  • Yoghurts – Natural, Fruit

Hot Breakfast

  • The P&O Cruises Breakfast – Grilled Back Bacon, Lamb’s Liver, Tomato, Black Pudding, White Pudding, Cumberland Sausage, Hash Browns, Eggs
  • English Breakfast – Back Bacon, Pork Sausage, Tomato, Fried Bread, Saute Potatoes, Grilled Mushrooms, Black Pudding, Plum Tomatoes, Baked Beans
  • Vegetarian Breakfast –  Vegetarian Bacon, Vegetarian Sausage, Tomato, Fried Bread, Saute Potatoes, Grilled Mushrooms, Plum Tomatoes, Baked Beans
  • Fish – Kippered Herrings, Smoked Haddock
  • Eggs – Boiled, Fried, Scrambled, Poached
  • Omelette – Plain, Ham, Cheese, Mushroom, Tomato

Bakery Items

  • Pastries – Croissants, Danish Pastries, Muffins
  • Morning Rolls – White, Wholemeal, Multigrain
  • Toast – With Jams, Marmalade, Honey
  • Pancakes – American Style with Maple Syrup

Healthy Breakfast Options

  • Smoothie of the Day
  • Porridge Oats
  • Bircher Muesli
  • Oats, Apples, Dried Fruits, Nuts, Seeds and Natural Yoghurt
  • Cereals with Skimmed or Soya Milk
  • Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Poached Eggs on Wholemeal Toast

Hot Drinks

  • Teas and Infusions
  • Freshly Brewed Coffee
  • Decaffeinated Coffee
  • Hot Chocolate

Chef’s Specialities

  • Monday – Eggs Benedict
  • Tuesday – Grilled Gammon Steak with Fried Eggs
  • Wednesday – Traditional Kedgeree
  • Thursday – Grilled Minute Steak
  • Friday – Devilled Kidneys
  • Saturday – Corned Beef Hash
  • Sunday – Scrambled Egg with Oak Smoked Salmon

As P&O Cruises is a British cruise line, all of the food is typically British. So things like bacon, sausages and baked beans will be the ones that you’re used to at home, rather than the more American or European food that you’ll find on other cruise ships.

P&O Cruises Main Dining Room Menus

On P&O cruises, the dinner menu changes each evening, although there are a few popular dishes that will be available every night.

Below is an example of what you can expect from a typical dinner menu. However, P&O Cruises regularly offer special menus on certain evenings. These include the Gala Dinner menu that was designed by Marco Pierre White, a special menu that was designed by the executive chef of each ship, a fine dining menu and a themed dinner menu such as Caribbean or Mediterranean.

Tip: If you’re vegetarian, be sure to ask for the regular menu as well as the special vegetarian menu as there are different items on each and you can mix and match.

Starters

  • Lightly Spiced Crab and Leek Pasties
  • Hampshire Chalk Stream Hot Smoked Rainbow Trout (gf)
  • Pâté de Campagne
  • Wild Mushroom Panna Cotta (v)
  • Atlantic Prawn Cocktail 
  • Minestrone Soup (v) 
  • Cullen Skink Soup (gf)
  • Cream of Tomato Soup (v) 
  • Chicken Caesar Salad

Main Courses

  • Crab, Crayfish and Broccoli Bake with a Cheddar Glaze
  • Skate Wing in Lemon Black Butter (gf)
  • Beef Fillet Medallion
  • Twice Baked Onion and Garlic Soufflé (v)
  • Grilled Salmon Fillet (gf)
  • Pan-fried Chicken Breast (gf)
  • Sirloin Steak
  • Prime Leg of Lamb (gf)
  • Medallions of Pork Fillet (gf)

Desserts

  • Baked Treacle Tart Sauce (gf)
  • Honey Panna Cotta Strawberries, Honeycomb and Mint (gf)
  • Kumquat and Almond Cake
  • Chocolate and Pretzel Ganache with Dark Chocolate Mousse
  • Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad (gf)
  • Ice Cream – Vanilla, Elderflower or Chocolate
  • Ginger sorbet
  • Strawberry, Elderflower and Lemon Sundae
  • Cheese and Biscuits

While the menu changes each day, there are some items that are always available. These are:

  • Atlantic Prawn Cocktail with Marie Rose Sauce and Brown Bread
  • Cream of Tomato Soup with Basil Oil and Croûtons (v)
  • Grilled Salmon Fillet with Potato Wedges, Seasonal Vegetables and a Lemon Hollandaise Sauce
  • Pan-fried Chicken Breast with Potato Wedges, Roasted Root Vegetables and a Garlic and Thyme Butter
  • Sirloin Steak with Thick Cut Chips, Seasonal Vegetables and Béarnaise Sauce
  • Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad with Cream

Remember, that you’re not limited to one of each course – you can order whatever you like. So if you fancy two starters and no dessert, go for it! The portions aren’t huge, so if you’re a big eater I’d recommend ordering a few different things.

Sindhu Menu

Sindhu is P&O Cruises’ Indian restaurant. It’s one of the most popular restaurants and so you’ll find it on every ship. Dining at Sindhu costs between £17.50 and £25 per person, except on Iona where the menu is A La Carte so you’ll just pay for the items that you order.

Starters

  • Jal Tarang – Hand Dived Scallops, Broccoli Couscous, Cauliflower Purée (gf)
  • Machhi Koliwada – Spice Crusted Haddock, Mumbai Caesar Salad, Lime Pickle Mayonnaise (gf)
  • Dakshin Murg – Tikka Grilled Chicken, Coconut and Chickpea Salad, Mint and Tamarind Dip (gf)
  • Tandoori Ratan – Basil King Prawns, Chicken Tikka and Smoked Lamb Skewer, Mint Chutney (gf)
  • Gosht Murtabak – Spiced Ground Beef Flatbread, Onion Relish, Curry Sauce
  • Aloo Samosa Chaat – Textures of Potato, Vegetable Samosa, Tamarind Chutney (v)

Main Courses

  • Kadhai Jhinga – King Prawns, Stuffed Peppers, Green Pea Couscous, Spiced Tomato Sauce
  • Coorgi Meen Kari – Pan-fried Red Mullet, Native Sea Bass, Lentil Crusted Cod Mustard Upma, Coconut and Tamarind Sauce
  • Murgh Irani Korma – Cardamom Infused Chicken Korma with Cashew Nuts, Raisin Pilau Rice (gf)
  • Thattukada Duck Roast – South Indian Style Duck, Spiced Potatoes, Duck Jus (gf) 
  • Akkha Gosht – Roast Lamb Rump, Keema Matar, Pak Choi, Baby Carrots, Rogan Jus (gf)
  • Kolhapuri Gosht – Beef Tenderloin, Curried Mash, Garlic Spinach Purée, Bhuna Masala Sauce (gf)
  • Dum Ki Seviyan Khumb Gucchi Biriyani – Vermicelli and Rice, Morels, Seasonal Mushrooms Baked in a Sealed Pot (v)
  • Sindhu Signature Plate – Coconut Prawn Masala, Chicken Tariwala Curry, Lamb Bhuna (gf) (Vegetarian option available)

Desserts

  • Dark Chocolate Sphere – White Chocolate Mousse, Raspberry Coulis (gf)
  • Atul’s Banoffee Apple Pie – Delicately Spiced Pastry, Whipped Cream
  • Aam Aur Berry Ki Kheer – Chilled Rice Pudding, Mango and Strawberries (gf)
  • Chocolate and Chilli Tart – Lime Infused Crème Fraîche
  • Kulfi Trio of Indian Ice Cream – Mango, Chocolate, Malai (gf)

If you’re vegan or vegetarian you may also be interested in my review of the vegetarian options at Sindhu.

Epicurean Menu

The Epicurean is P&O Cruises’ fine dining restaurant. The Epicurean menus offer a fusion of modern British favourites and classic, sophisticated dining.

A firm favourite when it comes to speciality dining, you’ll find The Epicurean restaurant on board Azura, Britannia, Iona and Ventura. Each venue offers a grand yet relaxing atmosphere and impeccable service.

Dining at The Epicurean usually costs around £30 per person.

Starters

  • King Prawn and Mediterranean Octopus Cocktail (gf)
  • Duo of Cured Smoked Salmon (gf)
  • Frogs Legs Sucette
  • Quicke’s Farm Mature Cheddar Mousse and Serrano Ham
  • Pulled Smoked Gressingham Duck Leg and Hackleback Caviar
  • Tomato Tastings and Buffalo Mozzarella (v) (gf)
  • Seasonal Soup (v) (gf)

Main Courses

  • The Epicurean Fish and Chips
  • Whole Dover Sole á la Meunière
  • Black Leg Chicken Breast
  • Redman Limousin Irish Beef Fillet and Ox Cheek
  • Laksa of Marinated Silken Tofu Tempura (v) (gf)
  • Whole New England Lobster (gf)
  • Dorset Crown Lamb Rump (gf)
  • American Grain-Fed Aged Angus Sirloin Steak (gf)
  • Onley Grounds Farm 28 Day Aged Cote De Boeuf for Two (gf)

Sides

  • Green Asparagus (gf)
  • French Beans (gf)
  • Thick Cut Chips (gf)
  • New Potatoes (gf)

Desserts

  • Crème Brûlée and White Chocolate Sphere (gf)
  • Elements of Summer Trifle
  • Coconut Panna Cotta (gf)
  • Valrhona Dark Chocolate Tart
  • Banana and Peanut Butter Cannelloni
  • Taster for Two
  • Selection of Artisan British and European Cheese

Beach House Menu

Offering American and Caribbean-style dishes, the Beach House is the place to go for hearty comfort food. With dinner costing £7.50 to £10 per person with a small supplement for certain dishes, The Beach House is one of the most affordable speciality restaurants at sea.

You’ll find The Beach House on board Aurora, Azura, Britannia, Iona and Ventura. There’s no need to book in advance, you can just turn up.

Starters

  • Island Spiced Chicken Wings with Mac & Cheese Chips
  • Crab Tostadas (gf)
  • Mexican Poke Bowl (vegan) (gf)
  • Beach House Nachos (v)
  • Halibut and Salmon Ceviche Cocktail (gf)
  • Pork Chicharrones (gf)
  • Sweet Potato and Mozzarella Crispy Skins (v) (gf)

Mains

  • Fajita Sizzlers – Chicken (gf), Steak (gf) or Halloumi (v) (gf)
  • Caribbean Seafood Basket
  • Honey and Garlic Glazed Chicken (gf)
  • Beer Can Chicken Sharer (gf)
  • Chilli Sin Carne (vegan) (gf)
  • Traditional Caribbean Macaroni Pie (v)
  • Lava or Salt Block Prime Fillet Steak with Grilled King Prawns (gf)
  • Taco Trio
  • Asado Sharer
  • Slow-cooked Curried Goat Pot
  • Fisherman’s Hanging Kebab (gf)

Desserts

  • Rum Glazed Roasted Baby Pineapple
  • Golden Dulce de Leche Tart
  • Coconut and Chocolate Budino
  • Deep Filled Apple Pie
  • Banana Split
  • Toasted Marshmallow Fondue Sharer

(gluten-free option available)

Glass House Menu

The Glass House offers light bites and a la carte all-day dining. Dishes are expertly paired with wines by P&O Cruises’ wine expert, Olly Smith.

You’ll find the Glass House on board Aurora, Azura, Britannia, Iona and Ventura. Starters cost from £2.75, mains from £8 and desserts from £4.50.

Small Plates

  • Korean Sticky Chicken Lollipops
  • Roasted Beetroot Croquetas (vegan)
  • Chinese Spiced Crispy Lamb (gf)
  • Charred Galician Octopus and Cantabrian Anchovy Fillets (gf)
  • Walnut-Crusted Savoury Profiteroles Filled with Dorset Truffle Ice Cream (v)
  • Prawn Potstickers (gf)
  • London Gin & Tonic Cured Salmon and Beetroot Gravadlax (gf)
  • Mini Spiced Chickpea & Edamame Scotch Eggs (v)
  • Tuna Poke
  • Soy Marinated Quorn and Papaya Salad (vegan)
  • Venison Cecina and Salami Elk (gf)
  • Pork Belly, Chorizo and Butter Bean Cassoulet

Large Plates

  • Braised Veal Cheek
  • Roasted Shallot and Coffee Beef Short Rib
  • Pulled Oxtail Bonbon
  • Cord-Fed Chicken Breast
  • Tandoori Chicken Thighs
  • Southern Fried Buttermilk Chicken
  • Iberico Pork Pluma
  • Deep-Fried Trotter Terrine
  • Pave of Crispy Suckling Pig
  • Crispy Cajun Soft Shell Crab
  • Grilled Garlic Tiger Prawns
  • Lobster Mac
  • Charred Cauliflower Steak (vegan)
  • Mediterranean Vegetable Gratin (vegan)
  • Teriyaki Tempeh and Edamame Beans (vegan)

Desserts

  • Blueberry and Elderflower Parfait
  • Strawberry and Sweet Basil Poke Cake
  • Chocolate, Blackberry and Beetroot Whoopie Pie
  • Rosehip Arctic Roll
  • Baileys Chocolate Truffle Tea Cake
  • Jammy Dodger Corn Flake Tart
  • Dark Chocolate Ganache
  • Rosewater Coconut Rice and Bananas Foster Spring Rolls
  • Matcha Tea Chiffon Cake
  • Cheese Board

P&O Cruises Room Service Menus

P&O Cruises offers room service 24 hours per day. Room service is free of charge at breakfast time (7 am until 11 am), with a small charger per item at all other times.

Breakfast Menu (7 am to 11 am)

  • Fruit Juices and Smoothies – Orange, Apple, Pineapple, Tomato, Carrot, Fruit Smoothie
  • Yoghurt – Natural, Fruit, Soya
  • Cereals – Cornflakes, Rice Krispies, Alpen, All Bran, Weetabix
  • Fruit and Compotes – Melon, Mixed Berry Compote, Grapefruit, Prunes, Fruit Plate, Greek Yoghurt, Toasted Granola
  • Bakery Items – Plain Croissant, Almond Croissant, Custard Dabnish, Pain au Chocolate, Strawberry Danish, Plain Muffin, Blueberry Muffin, Double Chocolate Muffin
  • Toast – White Toast, Wholemeal Toast, Butter, Marmalade
  • Panini – Cumberland Sausage, Bacon and Tomato

Daytime Menu (11 am to 11 pm)

  • Baguettes – Roast Beef, Baked Ham, Brie and Cranberry Sauce (v)
  • Wrap – Roast Pepper, Mixed Leaf and Houmous (v)
  • Sandwiches – Club Sandwich, Prime Sirloin Steak Panini
  • Kids Sandwiches – Ham, Egg Mayo and Cheese
  • Soup of the Day
  • Greek Salad
  • Oak Smoked Salmon
  • Chicken Liver Pate
  • Southern Fried Chicken
  • Chicken Tikka Masala
  • Lasagne Al Forno
  • Beef and Ale Pie
  • Hot Dog
  • Spicy Red Bean Burger (v)
  • Pizzas – Margherita (v), Pepperoni, Chicken, Mushroom & Sweetcorn
  • Omelettes – Cheese, Ham, Tomato, Mushroom (gf)
  • High Energy Salad (v)
  • Prawn and Tuna Nicoise Salad (gf)
  • Tex Mex Combo Sharing Plate
  • Asian Bento Box Sharing Plate (v)
  • Ocean Catch Sharing Plate
  • Cream Tea
  • Banoffee Chocolate Cake
  • White Chocolate and Raspberry New York Cheesecake
  • Caramelised Apple and Hazelnut Crumble Tart
  • Summer Berry English Trifle Coupe (gf)
  • Continental Cheese Selection
  • French Fries
  • Green Salad (gf)
  • Garlic Bread with Cheese
  • Vegetable Crudités with Houmous (gf)
  • Cookies
  • Chocolate Brownie
  • Blueberry Muffin
  • Jam Doughnut

Night Time Menu (11 pm to 7 am)

  • Sandwich – Croque Monsieur
  • Baguettes – Roast Beef, Baked Ham, Brie and Cranberry Sauce (v)
  • Greek Salad (v) (gf)
  • Chicken Liver Pate
  • Chicken Tikka Masala
  • Spicy Red Bean Burger (v)
  • Double Decker Cheese Burger
  • Pizzas – Margherita (v), Pepperoni, Chicken, Mushroom & Sweetcorn
  • Banoffee Chocolate Cake
  • Summer Berry English Trifle Coupe
  • Continental Cheese Selection

You can see the room service prices as well as the room service drinks menu here: What’s included in a P&O Cruise?

You can place an order for room service using the telephone in your cabin. For breakfast room service, you simply hang a card outside your door the night before. The card looks like this…

p&o breakfast room service card

P&O Cruises Kids’ Menu

The P&O Cruises kids menu is the same every day, but it has plenty of choices that can be mixed and matched.

Mains

  • Beef Burger in Buns
  • Pizza Margherita
  • Mini Minced Beef And Onion Pasty
  • Spaghetti Bolognaise
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Grilled Chicken Breast
  • Poached Salmon
  • Pork Sausages
  • Fish Fingers
  • Pasta with Tomato Sauce
  • Hot Dog
  • Fried Egg
  • Omelette

Sides

  • Fresh Vegetables of the Day
  • French Fries
  • Grilled Stir-Fried Vegetables
  • Mashed Potato
  • Creamed Corn
  • Potato Smiley Faces
  • Spaghetti Hoops
  • Garden Peas
  • Carrots

Desserts

  • Selection of Ice Creams with Sweet Sauces
  • Sorbet of the Day
  • Fruit Jellies
  • Cupcake
  • Chocolate Cookies
  • Chocolate Brownies

P&O Cruises Vegetarian & Vegan Menus

P&O Cruises offers vegan and vegetarian options in every restaurant, including the main dining rooms, speciality restaurants and buffet.

If you have any special dietary requirements, it’s important that you or your travel agent let P&O Cruises know when you book your cruise. When you arrive in your cabin, you should have a letter to acknowledge your request and invite you to meet with a chef if you wish.

There’s also a special diet gathering on the first day of the cruise. This is good to attend if you have food allergies or you’d just like to make sure that you’re well catered for during your cruise. You’ll find details on the daily planner.

P&O Cruises special diets gathering

In the Main Dining Room, you can ask for a special vegan and vegetarian menu. In other venues, you should ask your waiter as many dishes can be adjusted to make them suitable for vegans or vegetarians upon request.

The vegan and vegetarian menu in the main dining room changes each day. However, it’s also worth looking at the normal menu, as you may also find some items on here that are suitable for you.

Starters

  • Avocado Pear with Crumbled Goat’s Cheese Crotin (gf)
  • Waldorf Salad (gf)
  • Chilled Cucumber Consommé (vegan) (gf)

Main Courses

  • Wild and Cultivated Mushroom Bourguignon (gf)
  • Feta, Tomato and Spinach Filo Pastry
  • Thai Green Vegetable Curry (vegan) (gf)

Desserts

  • Vanilla Soya Rice Pudding (vegan) (gf)
  • Minted Pineapple (gf)
  • Cheeseboard

P&O Cruises Drinks Menus

P&O Cruises offer many different drinks menus with almost every drink you could want. You can see photos of all of the drinks menus and prices here: P&O Drink Menus

In Summary

Whichever P&O Cruises ship you choose, you’ll enjoy a huge selection of food options in a choice of included and speciality dining venues.

This article showcases some of P&O Cruises’ most popular restaurants. Other restaurants are available too, depending on the ship. These may include the Ocean Grill on Arcadia, The Limelight Club on Britannia and Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea, which is available on all ships except Aurora.

The largest choice of restaurants can be found on Iona. I have a special guide to Iona restaurants that you should take a look at if you plan to cruise on this ship.

Those with special diets such as vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free are well catered for on P&O cruises. Menus change every day and dishes can be adjusted to suit your needs.

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