There are two main dining options onboard Pride of Rotterdam, plus one secondary option.
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Formerly known as the Four Seasons buffet restaurant, The Kitchen is an all-you-can-eat dining venue with a good selection of meal options.
The counters are organised by category, with plenty on offer. There was a salad bar, cauldrons of soup, and hot sections serving a traditional roast dinner cuisine alongside daily specials. A hot themed buffet served curry on the night out and Indonesian dishes on the return journey. For dessert, there was a choice of a cheese board or cold cakes and treats.
In the morning, The Kitchen served a buffet breakfast with options for a full English breakfast, cereals, fruit and continental style choices such as croissants, pain au chocolat, meats, and cheeses.
On my sailing, an adult evening meal cost £18.50 onboard and breakfast cost £10.50. Pre-booking both of these online reduced the price to £22.
The Kitchen Review
I dined at The Kitchen on both legs of the journey and found the plentiful food to be of satisfactory quality. It was all mostly hot, and the curries were flavoursome, although some of the vegetable options looked grossly overcooked. I particularly enjoyed the Salmon En Croute available on the outbound dinner service, as well as the range of Ben & Jerry's ice cream for dessert.
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The Brasserie is an à la carte restaurant, for dining in style. This restaurant offers a more gourmet experience than the buffet option. Each dish is priced reasonably with starters at around £5, main dishes for around £15 and dessert for around £4.50 so a three-course meal would cost around £24.50 per person.
Soup, fish, salads, mushrooms and pâté were starters available on my sailing. Main meals included dishes of Chicken Chasseur, fish and chips, liver and bacon, roast lamb, gammon or a selection of steaks. The dessert menu included ice cream, mousse, baked desserts, fruit, and a classic cheese board.
The Brasserie is open for breakfast too, offering an à la carte option to rival the all-you-can-eat buffet. Breakfast here cost £13 for a cooked breakfast or £8.50 for a continental breakfast.
Update: This space, formerly Costa Coffee, has since rebranded and now stocks Starbucks beverages instead. My original content remains here until I am able to sail again and take updated photographs.
Taking the high street coffee chain to the high seas, P&O Ferries boast a Costa Coffee café on both Pride of Rotterdam and Pride of Hull. This open space was a quiet alternative to the bars and clubs onboard.
Besides high-quality coffee options, there was a range of other hot beverages available, as well as cold drinks and light snacks such as pasties and pizzas. This venue seemed to be a popular choice for those not wanting a large evening meal.
Prices for drinks were a little higher than high street Costa Coffee branches. They were on a par with a motorway service station outlets. Given the location of this café, and the fact that there is no other competition, the prices felt very fair.
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- Pride of Rotterdam Cabins
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