(2:46 p.m. EST) — Cunard today will replace the current Todd English dining restaurant with the Verandah Restaurant as part of the ship’s multi-million pound refit next year.
Already popular on Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, the venue will mean that all three Cunard vessels offer the same fine dining experience.
The announcement comes just days after the line confirmed that Kings Court — the self-service buffet — will undergo a complete refurbishment.
Set within light, airy rooms and featuring a French menu and seasonal produce, the Verandah Grill will be available at a surcharge for lunch and dinner and will also include a bar for pre- and most-meal drinks.
Cunard director Angus Struthers said: «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. Today’s Verandah concept on our fleet aims to recreate that special ambiance and is open to all passengers who want to enjoy a truly special lunch or dinner in an environment that heralds the golden age of travel.»
The first Verandah Grill opened 80 years ago on Queen Mary. At the time the grills were exclusively reserved for first class passengers and over the years were frequented by many famous names including Winston Churchill, Fred Astaire, Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Elizabeth Taylor.
Queen Mary 2’s refurbishment will take place from May 27 to June 21, 2016, and will also include the installation of 15 new single cabins — a first for the vessel — 30 additional Britannia Club Balcony rooms and an Art Deco-inspired lounge.