Best places to eat at Heathrow Terminal 1

Looking for the best place to eat at Heathrow Airport Terminal 1? Here’s our guide to the terminal’s top five places to eat for everything from family feasts to budget bites and Champagne-fuelled fine dining.

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Our top five places to eat at T1– the best place for you Full list of T1 restaurants – our top recommendations
Kids eat for free deals – cash-saving offers for kids’ meals Special dietary requirements – find out where you can eat
The perfect foods for flyers – food to ensure you look and feel great Allergies in the air – essential information you need
Buy before you fly – beat the 37,000ft food and snack rip-off Eat to beat jet lag – boffins tell you how to avoid it with food

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.

Top five Heathrow restaurants

Our top five places to eat at Heathrow's Terminal 1

Our top five places to eat at Heathrow’s Terminal 1

Okay, you’ve made it through security and it’s time to kick back with a relaxing meal ahead of your flight. Here are APH.com’s top five suggestions to suit your needs.

Best place to grab a quick meal

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

Who’s it for: From busy business travellers to ravenous families, anyone running a little late will appreciate the rapier-like service that brings most meals to the table within 15 minutes. Fuel-up for the trip and get yourself right back on schedule all at the same time.
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 gamut of palettes in comfortable and friendly surroundings. From Cornish sardines on toast to chicken Balti and a giant children’s selection, the eclectic menu offers myriad 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 and save even more time as you head to the gate.
Click here for main menu Terminal 1Click here for the children’s menu
Click here for the breakfast menu Click here for the bar snack menu 

Best place to feed the family

Giraffe
Opening hours: 5:30am – last departing flight
Where: After security. Find Giraffe here

Who’s it for: Everyone, but families will feel especially welcome and relaxed in the friendly and fun atmosphere that Giraffe’s so proud of.
What’s on offer: If the airport jungle’s getting a little steamy, then gather your pack and make for Giraffe. Escape the crowds to feed and water your family from a mouth-watering array of dishes – all played out to a soundtrack of eclectic music from around the globe. Continue this theme as you sample popular recipes gathered from around the world. From scrumptious burgers to exotic noodles and freshly grilled fish, there’s something for everyone – all washed down with fresh fruit smoothies or juices. There’s no need to worry about bringing the kids along, either – they’ll be welcomed with treats, crayons, toys and a smile. The restaurant also offers a 15-minute menu, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy your meal and still make it to the gate without giving yourself indigestion.
Menus: Use the links below to see what’s on offer for your family.
Click here for the main menu
Click here for the children’s menu
Click here for breakfast menu

Best for a healthy bite

Pret A Manger
Opening hours: 4:00am – last departing flight
Where: After security. Find Pret A Manger here

Who’s it for:
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 as you pass security. 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 – any food that’s not sold on the day is offered to local charities. A great way to prepare your body for the holiday excesses that are sure to follow. Pret A Manger offers a 15-minute menu to help those looking to grab and go.
Menus: Use the links below to choose your meal.
Click here for the main menu 

Best for breakfast

Harlequin Alehouse & Eatery
Opening hours: 6:00am – last departing flight
Where: After security. Find Harlequin Alehouse & Eatery here

Who’s it for: If your body refuses to function without a proper breakfast – keep it on side with a visit to the Harlequin Alehouse & Eatery.
What’s on offer: It might look like a pub, but there’s plenty more than real ales and hand-pulled ciders to tantalise your taste buds. Grab a menu and check out the full complement of early morning fayre that’s ready to help kick-start your day. From a full English of scrambled eggs, double bacon, Cumberland sausage, grilled tomatoes, baked beans and toast, to breakfast baps, kedgeree and filled muffins, there really is a dish to satisfy everyone. For those who need a little extra help in the morning, there’s always a plentiful supply of barista-brewed coffee to give you that caffeine-induced shot of get-up-and-go to help you through the airport.
Menus: Use the links below to choose your breakfast.
Click here for the main menu 

Best for fine dining

Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar
Opening hours: 7:00am – 9.00pm
Where: After security. Find Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar here

Who’s it for: If the thought of fast food sends you into a cold sweat, then dodge the shivers with a trip to Terminal 1’s finest… the name says it all.
What’s on offer: Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar is a producer of the world’s finest Prunier caviar – reportedly a favourite of Oscar Wilde – and recognised as a world-leader for its selection process and high-quality product. There’s more than just caviar on offer, though; 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 sophisticated fine dining 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 

Full list of restaurants

Fancy something else - here's the full list of restaurants in Terminal 1

Fancy something else – here’s the full list of restaurants in Terminal 1

We hope you like our recommendations for the best five places to eat at Heathrow Terminal 1, but just in case you fancy something else to whet your appetite, here’s the full list of what’s on offer.

AMT Coffee  Bridge Bar and Eating House  
Caffè Italia Caffè Nero 
Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar Costa 
Est Caffe Giraffe 
Harlequin Alehouse & Eatery Pret A Manger 
The Skylark (Wetherspoon)The Tin Goose 
 

Remember… kids eat for free

Look out for eat-for-free deals for kids

Look out for eat-for-free deals for kids

We all know that taking a break with kids during school holidays can be expensive, but Heathrow Terminal 1 is doing its bit to bash the budget down with some handy kids-eat-for-free deals. Grab your free food during these dates…

Summer: 14 July – 1 September
October half-term hols: 23 October – 2 November
Christmas: 12 December – 4 January 2015

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

Buy before you fly

Many airlines are charging extra for in-flight meals, but skipping these and buying snacks on the plane could be costing you even more – with easyJet charging a 900% mark-up on their equivalent to supermarket-bought muffin. Find out how much extra you’re being charged on drinks and snacks by some airlines with this Travelsupermaket.com survey. Just hover over the item to reveal the shocking truth.



Eat to beat jet lag

Are you about to hop a few international timezones? Here’s how to eat your way around jet lag – according to research by foodie-type boffins.

 

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