I have recently returned from my first ever Cunard cruise onboard the Queen Victoria. I’m usually more of a freestyle diner so the fixed dining codes and dress codes took me a little by surprise. The food was generally really good but ‘fancier’ than I am used too. By the end of the cruise I was really craving a burger.. however, there are burgers onboard if you know where to look for them.
The Britannia restaurant was where I had the majority of my meals. This the free main dining room onboard the Queen Victoria. I LOVED the decor in the restaurant, it felt very grand. The dress code is strictly enforced in the dining room so if you are unsure about that make sure you check out this post here: Cunard: What to wear.
I also had food from the pub and buffet and will be reviewing all of them below.
The Golden Lion Pub
The Golden Lion Pub is a real ‘British pub’. They serve traditional ‘pub grub’ and it was okay. Nothing particularly good to write home about. They have dishes like fish and chips, cottage pie and curries.
The buffet (Lido restaurant)
The buffet was of a high standard, always clean and full of food. It was considerably smaller than what you’d find on larger ships but was also a lot quieter. I only had trouble getting a table once (and that was on disembarkation morning which is to be expected). Overall it was a pretty impressive buffet.
Britannia dining room
Cunard only offers set dining so I went for the early slot. I’m more used to freestyle dining on cruise lines like NCL and P&O so it was a little strange to have to eat at a set time. But dinner is such a big event onboard Cunard ships that I didn’t mind.
The starters in the Britannia restaurant were a mouthful or two, normally pretty yummy but tiny. Below is a photo of the fanciest egg on toast in the entire world! I’m not sure if Cunard would like me calling it an egg on toast.. but it was an egg and it was on some toasted bread so I think that qualifies.
Have you cruised with Cunard? Did you like the food? Let me know in the comments.