Celebrity chefs cook up Iona dining options

Thirty bars and restaurants will feature on P&O Cruises new ship Iona alongside involvement from a host of celebrity chefs.

New restaurants created exclusively for the 5,200-passenger ship include The Keel and Cow gastro pub; Ripples gelateria and The Glass House serving a tapas menu designed by award-winning Spanish chef Jose Pizarro.

New menus by Marco Pierre White and destination-inspired dishes are planned for when the giant new ship finally enters service in 2021 after its May debut was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Chef’s Table is also new and developed for Iona’s gala celebration nights by Marco Pierre White and French master patissier Eric Lanlard.

The menu features wine recommendations by TV expert Olly Smith who has also curated a wine selection for The Glass House.

Menus inspired by Spain and Norway, the countries Iona will visit, also feature on the new ship.

P&O Cruises is collaborating with Pizarro, Norwegian chef Kjartan Skjelde as well as Norwegian cook Marte Marie Forsberg to create dishes for Iona.

A partnership with Snowflake Luxury Gelato will create Ripples gelateria which will offer gelato cakes, sundaes, ice cream cookies and a gelato afternoon tea.

P&O Cruises Marabelle Gin will be produced in the world’s first gin distillery at sea in partnership with Salcombe Distilling Co.

The gin will be produced in Iona’s gin still ‘Columba’ named after the sixth century founder of the abbey on the island of Iona.

It will be bottled and labelled on board with bottles available for passengers to buy.

Other highlights include:

·        The Limelight Club
A three-course meal and entertainment venue.

·        Anderson’s Bar and Library
P&O Cruises Marabelle Gin will be created in the world’s first gin distillery at sea.

·        Epicurean
Fine dining with dishes inspired by British and Norwegian ingredients to reflect Iona’s itineraries

·        The Glass House
Restaurant offering light bites, lunch and evening meals and a tapas menu designed by José Pizarro with wines selected by Olly Smith.

·        The Keel and Cow 
Gastro pub serving dry-aged steaks, British classics and a signature ‘Prime Minister’ burger.

Vistas Café Bar

Cafe serving Eric Lanlard’s pâtisserie and sweet treats.

·        The Quays – Fusion; Hook, Line & Vinegar, Boardwalk Diner
Piazza offering Asian food at Fusion, fish and chips at Hook, Line & Vinegar and American style classics including hot dogs and burgers at Boardwalk Diner.

·        The Olive Grove 
Mediterranean restaurant.

·        The Beach House
Family dining venue.

·        Taste 360
Burgers, hot dogs, oven-baked pizza and Jose Pizarro’s menu of authentic street food.

·        Ripples 

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