Best places to eat at Heathrow Terminal 4

Heathrow Airport Terminal 4

Heathrow Airport Terminal 4

Are you looking to fill up before your flight from Heathrow Terminal 4? We’ve got the must-have info on all the top eateries. We’ll help you find the perfect venue to fit your requirements… from families to budget travellers, we’ve the information you need to fuel up before you fly. 

 

Restaurants at Terminal 4 (Before or after security)?

Eat before or after security?

Eat before or after security?

Making your way through an airport can be a stressful – equivalent to moving house according to one survey – so it makes sense to wait until you’ve negotiated security before sitting down to a meal.
Top tip: While a large meal before you pass security could result in serious indigestion – as you’re left nervously watching the clock while waiting for the waitress – grabbing yourself a coffee or snack for the kids from a landside café will help keep the hunger and boredom at bay while queueing at check-in and security.

Where to eat at Heathrow T4

Find out the best places to eat at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 4

Find out the best places to eat at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4

Here are out top picks for places to grab a meal as you wait to fly…

Best place to grab a great breakfast

Bridge Bar and Eating House
Opening hours: 6:00am – last departing flight
Where: After security. Find the Bridge Bar and Eating House here 

From busy business travellers to ravenous families, anyone running a little late will appreciate the friendly and fast service that brings most meals to the table within 15 minutes.
What’s on offer: With its simple, yet delicious fayre, the Bridge Bar and Eating House provides a catch-all menu to suit the complete range of palettes in comfortable and friendly surroundings. From a traditional English breakfast to smoked salmon brunches and a huge children’s selection, the menu offers plentiful options for diners of all ages. From breakfast to dinner and everything between, there’s a budget-friendly dish for all to enjoy.
Menus: Use the links below to choose your meal.
Click here for the main menu 

Best for a family feast

Pret A Manger
Opening hours:
6.00am – 9.00pm
Where: After security. Find Pret A Manger here 

If you want to a quick, healthy meal or snack, then Pret’s the place to be.
What’s on offer: Holidays are for enjoying yourself, but that doesn’t mean your healthy eating habits have to be abandoned left at home. Sitting on cramped plane isn’t great for your body’s digestive system, so why not give it a helping hand with Pret’s handmade natural food? The popular chain’s mantra is to avoid processed foods packed with chemicals and preservatives. With fresh produce prepared on a daily basis, you certainly won’t have to scrutinize the ‘sell-by’ dates of sandwiches and salads on offer. As every second counts when you’re flying, you need good food – fast! This is why Pret A Manger at Heathrow offers a 15 minute menu.
Menus: Use the links below to choose your meal.
Click here for the main menu 

Best for healthy eating

Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar
Opening hours: 9:00am – 9.00pm
Where: After security. Find Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar here

If the thought of fast food makes you lose your appetite, then swerve the grease with a trip to Terminal 4’s Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar
What’s on offer: Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar is a producer of the world’s finest Prunier caviar, but there’s much more than just caviar on offer. From seafood classics, such as rock oysters to smoked salmon dishes and the finest Champagnes. Join the jet set early in this first class restaurant where healthy eating is always on the menu.
Menus: Use the links below to see what’s on offer.
Click here for the breakfast menu
Click here for the main menu

Best for a budget bite

Costa
Opening hours: 5.30am – 9.00pm
Where: After security. Find Costa here

Looking for a quick snack on a budget? Head to Costa.
What’s on offer: Along with a wide selection of great coffees from macchiato to mocha, the high street chain also offers a wide selection of good, reasonably priced food – from morning granola to hot wraps and pasta salad at lunch, or a super-size custard cream from the outfit’s sweet counter.


What’s your dietary requirement

Find where you can eat

Find where you can eat

Whether you’re looking for gluten free, wheat free vegetarian or vegan, Heathrow provides a full list of what’s on offer in the airport’s eateries and bars. Click below for information.
Click here for your special dietary information  


The perfect food for flying…

You’re sure to get a great meal at Heathrow, but what you eat in the air or in the days leading up to your flight is just as important – especially for those on long-haul flights. Airline meals have improved in recent years, but following our in-flight eating tips will help you arrive looking great, feeling fresh and ready to go.

  • Don’t binge on green veg: Don’t binge on green veg: Holidays usually involve swapping veg for an orgy of booze and chips. Countering this with a pre-holiday diet of nothing but greens could be seriously dangerous. If you use blood-thinning drugs like warfarin, bombarding your body with cabbage and spinach etc will cause a spike in vitamin k. This renders warfarin ineffective and could leave you prone to a killer DVT. Stick to your normal intake.
  • Don’t eat baked beans: Don’t eat baked beans: They might look tempting as you tuck into your pre-flight full-English breakfast in the terminal before you board, but scoffing tasty baked beans will make for an uncomfortable flight - for you and the passenger sitting alongside you. Low pressure in planes causes gases in the digestive system to swell by a third - resulting in bloating and discomfort. Avoid the foods that fill you with gas.
  • Meal times: Meal times: Avoid jet lag issues by getting your body’s digestive system in time with that of your destination. This will help minimise fatigue and the possibility of developing constipation on the flight. In the week before you travel, gradually move your mealtimes closer to those of where you’re heading.
    Have a look at out guide to beating jet lag for more information - just click the picture on the left.
  • Oily fish: Oily fish: If you want a fresh, healthy complexion as you step from the plane, then scoffing plenty of oily fish such as salmon and mackerel in the week before you fly will help achieve this goal, according to skin therapist Louise Thomas-Minns (see what else she has to say at uandyourskin.co.uk). However, if the prospect of a smoky dead fish doesn’t float your trawler, why not opt for some walnuts and fruit such as Kiwis.
  • Chewing gum: Chewing gum: Air pressure on a plane's much lower than you’d find at sea level. This can causes your oxygen levels to fall - which can leave you feeling listless, dizzy and faint. Recent research suggests that chewing gum can improve memory and alertness by sending more oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Avoid dribble-stained clothes and get chewing.
  • Don’t rock the salt: Don’t rock the salt: Travelling at 37,000ft results in humans losing around 30% of their taste sensations - which could prompt you to add more salt that normal in an attempt to compensate for the loss of flavour. This will merely result in damaging dehydration and uncomfortable bloating. If you need some seasoning, choose the pepper sachet instead.
  • Water: Water: Humans feel most comfortable when humidity is around 40-70%, but on many aircraft this will dip as low as 12%. This can break down mucus barriers in our nose and throat making us more susceptible to any bugs we come into contact with. Taking fresh, clean water on the flight will help keep your defences in place. You might be sent to the loo more often, but this will simply help keep you mobile and fight the risk of DVT.


The perfect food for flying… You’re sure to get a great meal at Heathrow, but what you eat in the air is just as important – especially for those on long-haul flights. Airline meals have improved in recent years, but following our in-flight eating tips will help you arrive feeling fresh and ready to go.

Water: Humans feel most comfortable when humidity is around 40-70%, but on many aircraft this will dip as low as 12%. This can break down mucus barriers in our nose and throat making us more susceptible to any bugs you come into contact with. Taking fresh, clean water on the flight will help keep your defences in place. You might be sent to the loo more often, but this will simply help keep you mobile and fight the risk of DVT.

Don’t eat green vegetables: Going on holiday usually involves a straight swap between healthy green vegetables and week-long orgy of pasta and chips. Nothing wrong with that, but trying to counter this with a pre-flight tum-trimming frenzy of eating nothing but waist-squeezing greens could seriously damage your health. If you’re one of the thousands of people using blood-thinning medications such as warfarin, bombarding your body with greens such as cabbage, spinach and broccoli will create a huge spike in vitamin k. This will make the warfarin ineffective and could result in a dangerously low INR reading (the measure of how long your blood takes to clot) – leaving you dangerously prone to a killer DVT. So, if you’re using a blood thinner, don’t be tempted to boost your diet by eating extra greens.

Chewing gum and sweets: Air pressure at cruising height is much lower than you’d find at sea level. This can cause the amount of oxygen in your blood to fall – resulting in a mild form of hypoxia, which can leave you feeling listless, dizzy and faint. Low pressure can also affect your ears and make them painful – especially for kids. Recent research suggests that chewing gum can improve memory and alertness by sending more oxygen and nutrients to the brain. So, if you’re finding it hard to concentrate on the scintillating in-flight movie, you might want to get chewing. Additionally, we all know that sucking a boiled sweet will help ‘pop’ your ears.

Don’t eat baked beans: They might look tempting as you tuck into your pre-flight full-English breakfast, but baked beans will make for an uncomfortable flight – for you and the passenger sitting alongside you. Reduced air pressure in planes can cause gases in the digestive system to swell by a third – resulting in bloating that cause aches and discomfort. You know your body better than anyone, so make sure you avoid the foods that fill you with gas.

Meal times: Long-haul travellers will have to deal with jet lag and all the problems it brings. Getting your body’s digestive system in time with that of your destination will help minimise fatigue and the possibility of developing constipation on the flight. In the week before you travel, gradually move your mealtimes closer to those of where you’re heading.

Oily fish: If you want a fresh, healthy complexion as you step from the plane, then scoffing plenty of oily fish such as salmon and mackerel in the week before you fly will help achieve this goal, according to skin therapist Louise Thomas-Minns (uandyourskin.co.uk). If a smoky dead fish doesn’t float your trawler, opt for walnuts and fruits such as Kiwis.

Don’t rock the salt – go pepper instead: Airline meals used to be heavily salted, but health-savvy travellers have forced providers to look at other ways of creating tasty meals – without having to resort to a Sodium Chloride overload. However, travelling at 27,00 feet results in humans losing around 30% of their taste sensations – which could prompt you to add more salt that normal in an attempt to compensate for the loss of flavour. This will merely result in damaging dehydration and uncomfortable bloating. If you need some seasoning, choose the pepper sachet instead.

Allergies in the air

Don't take chances with allergic reactions in the air

Don’t take chances with allergic reactions in the air

If you suffer from allergies, you’ll need to know what you’re eating while in the air. Get the information you need here with this airline-by-airline guide to allergy policies on all major carriers.
Get the allergy information you need here 

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