At one time the concept of fine dining at an airport in the UK would have been laughed out of court, as the saying goes. But that was in the dim and distant days of yesterday, when airport ‘dining’ was in no way to be confused with fine anything.
But nowadays all that has changed for the better, alongside the typical fast food outlets there are some rather more exclusive dining establishments too. This gives the traveller a wide choice of eating options.
This list is not a definitive list of premier dining establishments at British airports. There may well be more. The only way to find out for sure is to call customer services at the airport that you are going to fly from.
Gatwick Airport Dining
Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver has opened a restaurant at Gatwick Airport North Terminal. The new restaurant area includes Jamie’s Italian, Jamie’s Italian Bakery and a Union Jacks Bar serving a British menu. Jamie offers sit down Italian food, grab and go food, or English grub and an English pint. 01293 223 020.
Gatwick also offers Armidillo Café and Grill, EAT and Giraffe. Top five places to eat at Gatwick Airport.
Birmingham Airport Dining
Blanc et Noir Champagne and Wine Bar
The Blanc et Noir Champagne and Wine Bar is at the departure lounge. Blanc et Noir proudly proclaims that it offers travellers the opportunity to indulge in the high life, but also offers good value. They stock a range of select Champagnes and fine wines from all over the world. Plus high quality coffees, too! The menu contains continental, mezze and cheese platters, plus a range of tasty open sandwiches, plus other food options are available. Check for details.
Heathrow Airport Dining
Carluccio’s is an example of genuine Italian cooking, served in a most welcoming atmosphere. For travellers in a rush, there’s the delicious Menu Fisso Set Menu at £8.95 per person. 020 8283 6213
Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar
You’ll be able to enjoy a unique dining experience at their seafood bar. Taste their Prunier caviar and Balik smoked salmon. You can also enjoy wines from their award-winning wine list. Although the food is high class, the atmosphere is reportedly informal and relaxed. (At several locations throughout the airport.)
Gordon Ramsay Plane Food
It’s in T5, and as well as providing high quality meals from Gordon’s menu, it provides fantastic views of the runway and air traffic. 020 8897 4545.
Todiwala’s Kitchen serves pan-Asian dishes by Cyrus. These include some of his signature dishes from his acclaimed landmark restaurant in the city, Café Spice Namaste. The spectacular setting of Todiwala’s Kitchen includes an exhibition kitchen, chef’s table and even a 300 year old elephant in the room, brought to the UK on an exclusive chartered flight from a palace in Rajasthan!
Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5
The hotel is just a 5 minute drive from Junction 14 of the M25, which in turn is one junction from the M4 and two from the M40. 01753 686860.
It’s in Terminal 5, and it provides a focus on great British foods and drinks. On the menu you will find regional and traditional dishes. Plus special treats including afternoon tea. There’s also an excellent children’s menu. 020 8283 6191
Luton Airport Dining
Bar Des Voyageurs
‘Bar Des Voyageurs is described as an ‘authentic’ French style bar which offers a wide range of tasty hot and cold snacks, plus a wide range of hot and cold beverages from around the world. 01582 414989.
Manchester Airport Dining
Bar MCR is described as a unique concept style bar & restaurant in Terminal 1. It offers an informal and professional service. refreshingly light atmosphere. It provides a range of foods from tapas to traditional British style dishes. There’s a wide range of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks. 0161 435 4080.
There’s also a branch of the interesting Giraffe chain in Terminal 1.
It’s funky, it’s global in concept and it has won numerous awards. Salads, burgers, mezze plates and their speciality smoothies, plus much more besides. 0161 435 4070.