Unparalleled in luxury, RMS Titanic was well equipped to serve lavish meals to her passengers. The cuisine served to first-class passengers was of the highest standards. Hearty breakfasts consisting of eggs and meat would be expected; fine cheeses, decadent preparations of beef and poultry, and even items such as corned ox tongue would accompany the day’s later meals. After eleven courses and some of the finest wine available, dinner in the First Class Dining Saloon was quite the affair. Second-class passengers by no means went hungry. Their meals were not of the same caliber as those in first class; nevertheless, their meals still consisted of meats, starches, dairy, and even fresh fruit.
Before meals were served aboard Titanic, bugler Peter Fletcher would sound White Star Line’s traditional meal call “The Roast Beef of Old England.” The passengers would make their way to their assigned dining rooms upon hearing the signal for the upcoming meal. The First Class Dining Saloon was situated on ‘D’ deck, between the second and third funnels, while the second-class diners found themselves further aft of their first-class counterparts, just in front of the base of the main mast of the ship. The third-class passengers would eat on ‘F’ deck, between the second and third funnels, exactly two decks down from the first-class passengers. While these passengers were given a much less glamorous experience, the food provided on Titanic was substantial, hearty, and healthy. For far too many passengers, this exquisite food would be the last that would ever pass their lips.