Cunard will bring a dedicated French dining venue to the Queen Mary 2 during its refurbishment next year, with its opening of The Verandah Restaurant & Grill marking 80 years since the first Verandah Restaurant began exclusively serving First Class passengers on the original Queen Mary ocean liner in 1936.
The Verandah will replace the Todd English dining venue, opening after the ship returns to service following the month-long refit beginning in May. Its installation will mean there is a Verandah Restaurant on all three Cunard ships including Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.
Famous for its French regional cooking with seasonal influences, the venue is elegantly lit and reflects the “golden age” of sea travel, according to Cunard. The Verandah is open to passengers for lunch and dinner, at a small surcharge to cruise fares. A bar will also be available for pre and post-dinner drinks.
“The original Verandah Grills on Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth were nothing short of legendary in their day. They were the most exclusive dining rooms at sea, on a par with esteemed private clubs in London, New York and Paris,” said Cunard Director Angus Struthers.
Queen Mary 2 will emerge from its drydock refurbishment in late June next year.