The onboard amenities on Pride of Bruges are similar to those on Pride of Rotterdam so appear to be standard across the fleet.
There are two main dining options onboard along with a café.
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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.
Sections included a salad bar, a selection of soups, a hot buffet, a themed hot buffet, a cheese board selection as well as a cold dessert buffet.
The buffet is quite extensive and felt like it offered more variety compared to that on Pride of Rotterdam.
In the morning, The Kitchen served a buffet breakfast with options for a full English breakfast, cereals, fruit, and continental choices such as croissants, pain au chocolat, meats, and cheeses.
On my sailing, an adult evening meal cost £19 if pre-booked online. Breakfast cost £10.50 if pre-booked. A duo package was also available priced at £24 if pre-booked.
I dined at The Kitchen on both journeys and found the food to be of good quality. All dishes were steaming hot, and the curries were flavoursome. Vegetable dishes looked like they have been stewed for a long time and lacked colour, texture or flavour.
The restaurant opened at around 6 pm each night for dinner service, and at around 6.30 am for breakfast service.
The Brasserie is an à la carte restaurant offering stylish dining. This premium restaurant occupies the starboard side of the ship whereas The Kitchen occupies the port side. Both entrances are on Green Deck 4.
Prices are very fair, with starters costing around £5, main courses are around £15 and desserts cost around £4.50. A typical three-course meal cost around £24.50 on this sailing.
The menu includes dishes such as soup, fish, salads, mushrooms, or pâté followed by Chicken Chasseur, fish and chips, liver and bacon, roast lamb, gammon, or steak. Desserts included ice cream, mousse, baked desserts, fruit, and a classic cheese board.
The Brasserie is open for breakfast too, offering an à la carte alternative to the all-you-can-eat buffet. Breakfast cost £13 for a hot meal or £8.50 for a continental breakfast. You are paying for ambience and tailored waiter service here as opposed to the "help yourself" arrangement in the buffet restaurant.
Bringing a high street name to the high seas, P&O Ferries offer a Starbucks Coffee outlet on both Pride of Bruges and Pride of York. This inviting café sits beside a bar, so only limited quiet seating is available.
As well as a range of hot and cold beverages there was also a variety of light snacks.
Prices for drinks were on a par with motorway service station outlets, at around £3 for a tall café latte. It did seem to boast a good range of Starbucks menu items, including the latest seasonal drinks.
Read more in this series
- Getting to the Port of Hull
- Pride of Bruges Review
- Pride of Bruges Cabins
- Food & Drink on Pride of Bruges (you are here)
- Entertainment on Pride of Bruges
- Guide to Zeebrugge Port
- What can you do in Bruges in just one day?
- Zeebrugge Mini Cruise Review on P&O Ferries' Pride of Bruges