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 ferry blogger and photographer from Belfast. He founded NI Ferry Site in 2014, and still acts as the editor. Steven also looks after all of the technical aspects of the website.
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