Blast from the Past

[Blast from the Past] Belfast Ferries Restaurant Menu

This weeks ‘Blast from the Past’ was kindly donated by Pauline and Dave Emerson from the collection of Pauline’s late father; Peter Fletcher.  It is a menu from the ‘Copelands Restaurant’ on the Belfast – Liverpool ferry ST COLUM I.

The menu probably dates from the period shortly before the Belfast Car Ferries/Belfast Ferries service ended in October 1990 due to the use of the ‘Belfast Ferries’ brand instead of “Belfast Car Ferries’.  The company was of course a subsidiary of Irish Ferries parent Irish Continental Group, which is reflected in the company logo on the cover page.

ST COLUM I herself was of course originally Irish Continental Line’s (now Irish Ferries) ST PATRICK of 1972.  The Belfast Ferries service was of course later replaced by a new service operated by Norse Irish Ferries, which after several takeovers is now operated by Stena Line using the STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY.

Front of a menu from Belfast Ferries/Belfast Car Ferries ST COLUM I. Copyright © NIFerrySite.
Front cover of a menu from Belfast Ferries/Belfast Car Ferries ST COLUM I. Copyright © NIFerrySite Archive.
Lunch and dinner selection from the Belfast Ferries/Belfast Car Ferries Belfast - Liverpool vessel ST COLUM I. Copyright © NIFerrySite Archive.
Lunch and dinner selection from the Belfast Ferries/Belfast Car Ferries Belfast – Liverpool vessel ST COLUM I. Copyright © NIFerrySite Archive.
High Tea and Breakfast selection from the Belfast Ferries/Belfast Car Ferries Belfast - Liverpool vessel ST COLUM I. Copyright © NIFerrySite Archive.
High Tea and Breakfast selection from the Belfast Ferries/Belfast Car Ferries Belfast – Liverpool vessel ST COLUM I. Copyright © NIFerrySite Archive.

For comparison here is a link to the current Stena Line “Met Bar and Grill” menu (pdf file).  What a difference almost 30 years makes!

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a former retail professional and a ferry writer and photographer. He created NI Ferry Site as a web design project in 2014 to be a news and information source for everyone with an interest in ferries, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. Steven is the editor of the website and looks after all of the technical aspects.
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