Probably not. Yet, in the post-war years, offal, including tripe, a cow’s stomach lining, was considered something of a delicacy. The surprise item of high seas, haute cuisine, was revealed by an Orient Line ss Oronsay menu from 1959. The menu, one of a series of six, is appealingly decorated with images of the popular cartoon cat Orlando and his feline family and friends. On each menu is an episode in the story ‘Orlando Goes to Sea’. The illustrations and story were commissioned by Orient Line from acclaimed children’s author and artist Kathleen Hale. The menu had instant appeal to kids before they noticed the food. Incidentally, on offer also on December 12th 1959 were fried fillet of sole and poached fillet of brill.
If any readers have P&O line menus from this period, particularly, with Orlando cartoons, please note they are highly collectable. One similar to that shown, was bought for £65 recently on an online auction site.