Welcome bar reopened and gourmet meals back on Thalys trains.
As a result of Covid, Thalys had suspended the Premium class and its Welcome Bar for a while, as the food on offer was not compatible with the health measures. This suspension is coming to an end, as travellers will be able to find these offers from 5 September onwards on high-speed trains linking France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Although, of course, wearing a mask remains compulsory on board, except during the catering service, and social distancing must be respected when making a purchase at the Thalys Welcome Bar.
For the occasion, the company has redesigned the gourmet meal served instead to its Premium customers, in addition to the other advantages reserved for them, such as faster WiFi, free access to the Lounges in Paris and Brussels, an online taxi booking service and a digital press offer.
Prepared by Belgian chef Frank Fol, the dishes offered at lunch and dinner are based on local vegetables and products, with a vegetarian option available. Depending on the time of day, passengers will also be offered breakfast or an aperitif. During the first month of the relaunch of the service, a glass of Crémant de Bourgogne will be served to passengers. In addition, the Café Gourmet is making a comeback and includes a sweet or savoury treat as well as a drink.
At the same time, and for all travellers, the company is once again inviting them to the Thalys Welcome Bar to enjoy a sweet or savoury snack or sip a coffee. The digital pre-order of snacks and drinks has also reappeared.
While the company is already involved in sustainable development, notably with trains powered by 100% green energy, it is putting a new emphasis on waste sorting. In Premium Class, all PET bottles and lids, aluminium cans, glass bottles and organic waste will now be sorted and recycled. And travellers will find sorting bins at the Welcome Bar to make it easier to recycle the various waste products.