I have just found this old menu from an Arcadia cruise in 1975. This was the second in the line of four Arcadia ships and I sailed on her a few times as a child. I would have been 12 at the time, so maybe a little past the age for childrens tea. I used to love Canberra’s childrens tea so will have to see if i can find you a menu.
I wonder what you would have chosen from the following choices….
LANDFALL DINNER – Tuesday 13th May 1975
Tunny Fish Ravigotte
Fried King prawns with tartare sauce
Lambs sweetbread Jardiniere – cooked in red wine with vegetables
Fried Chicken Hawaiian – coated in coconut, with pineapple, bacon, & tomato
Butterd sliced beans
Corned silverside of beef
Selection of sweets from the Trolley
New Zealand Cheddar
Indian, Ceylon or China Tea
After dinner mints
CHEF – Michael Mitchell
And if you fancied some wine to accompany that gastronomical delight……
A carafe (yes a whole one) of Red, white or Rose….. £1 !!!!!!!!
And if you just wanted a glass a mere 25p
Im not sure what I would have selected from that choice, but the appetizers were not to my liking. Would also have had to give the Lambs sweetbreads a miss!! There wasnt a lot on offer for main course was there. The sweet trolley was always the highlight of sitting through dinner for me, not that it ever changed much.
It usually consisted of
Orange or Lemon gateaux
Fresh Fruit salad
And a pie & cream of some description
S.S. Arcadia was built in 1954 by John Brown & Co, Clydebank
Gross tonnage 29,871
Length 721 ft
Breadth 93ft 1″
Shaft horse power 42,500
Service speed 22 knots