Where to eat at UK airports

If you’re travelling from one of the UK’s major airports, then planning your pre-flight meal has just become a whole lot easier. Browse below to find a guide to eating – and parking – at your chosen airport. 

Save time and cut stress on departure day by picking your table and meal before you set off… leaving more time for duty free shopping and relaxation before you fly.

The APH airport restaurant finder…

Simply use the dropdown menu below and go straight to your departure airport – and a full list of restaurants.

Don't be rushed into choosing your pre-flight restaurant... browse at your leisure here

Don’t be rushed into choosing your pre-flight restaurant… browse at your leisure here

These are the details you’ll need to know…

Heathrow Airport

Use the following links to help plan your trip through Heathrow Airport…

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
Choose your terminal then click the link to see what’s on offer for hungry travellers

Terminal 2
Terminal 3
Terminal 4
Terminal 5

Gatwick Airport 

Use the following links to help plan your trip through Gatwick Airport…

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants: 
See our guide to the top eateries at the North and South Terminals.
Top six food picks at Gatwick Airport

Manchester Airport

Use the following links to help plan your trip through Manchester Airport…

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants: 
See our guide to what’s on offer for hungry travellers departing from Manchester Airport.
Manchester Airport restaurants

Birmingham Airport

Use the following links to help plan your trip through Birmingham Airport…

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants: 
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from Birmingham Airport.
Birmingham Airport restaurants

East Midlands Airport

Use the following links to help plan your trip through East Midlands Airport…

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from East Midlands Airport.
East Midlands Airport restaurants

Newcastle

Use the following links to help plan your trip through Newcastle Airport…

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from Newcastle Airport.
Newcastle Airport restaurants

Luton Airport

Use the following links to help plan your trip through Luton Airport…

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from Luton Airport.
Luton Airport restaurants

Stansted Airport

Use the following links to help plan your trip through Stansted Airport…

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from Stansted Airport.
Stansted Airport restaurants

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Use the following links to help plan your trip through Liverpool Airport…

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport restaurants

Edinburgh Airport

Use the following links to help plan your trip through Edinburgh Airport…

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from Edinburgh Airport.
Edinburgh Airport restaurants

Glasgow Airport

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from Glasgow Airport.
Glasgow Airport restaurants

Bournemouth Airport

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from Bournemouth Airport.
Bournemouth Airport restaurants

Bristol Airport

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from Bristol Airport.
Bristol Airport restaurants

Cardiff Airport

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from Cardiff Airport.
Cardiff Airport restaurants

Exeter Airport

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from Exeter Airport.
Exeter Airport restaurants

Leeds Bradford Airport

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from Leeds Bradford Airport.
Leeds Bradford Airport restaurants

London City Airport

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from London City Airport.
London City Airport restaurants

Prestwick Airport

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from Prestwick Airport.
Prestwick restaurants

Doncaster Airport

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from Doncaster Airport.
Doncaster Airport restaurants

Durham Tees Valley Airport

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from Durham Tees Valley Airport.
Durham Tees Valley Airport restaurants

Aberdeen Airport

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from Aberdeen Airport.
Aberdeen Airport restaurants

Southampton Airport

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from Southampton Airport.
Southampton Airport restaurants

Southend Airport

Airport parking:
Click here to book your airport parking right here. 

Restaurants:
See our guide to what’s on offer for passengers flying from Southend Airport.
Southend Airport restaurants

The perfect food for flying…

Using our guide, you’re sure to get a great meal at UK airports, but what you eat in the air or in the days leading up to your flight is just as important. Airline meals have improved in recent years, but following our in-flight eating tips will help you arrive at your destination 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…

Using our guide, you’re sure to get a great meal at UK airports, 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 27,000 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.

Why you should eat before you fly…

Choose a spicy airline meal to give your tastebuds a helping hand

Choose a spicy airline meal to give your tastebuds a helping hand

Grabbing some grub before you fly really does make sense, according to boffins. Here we reveal why taking your seat on a plane means you’ll be leaving your tastebuds behind.

Why can’t airlines just provide tasty meals? The short answer is – they probably do. It’s your sense of taste that should take the blame for the dour-tasting dishes you’re served. Flavour is derived from your tastebuds and sense of smell; both of which start to fail as the plane heads to its cruising height. This will hit your perception of saltiness and sweetness and leave perfectly edible food tasting decidedly bland.

The in-flight combination of dryness and low pressure can cut your tastebuds’ sensitivity to sweet and salty foods by around 30%, according to a 2010 study carried out for German airline Lufthansa. This is why airline caterers have to give their grub a boost by packing it with extra salt and sugar. This can leave you feeling dehydrated, bloated and sleepy after the rush subsides and your body ‘crashes’. Certainly not a great way to start your hols. Make sure you drink plenty of water and avoid eating desserts in order to help reduce sugar intake.

In-flight food tips: While our ability to recognise salty and sweet flavours plummets as we soar, our capacity to decipher sour, bitter and spicy flavours is left virtually unaffected. So, go for the spicy curry option and citrus dessert next time you’re choosing an airline meal. Other altitude-friendly foods include those made with mushrooms, tomatoes and soy sauce.

Don’t whine about the wine: While a good wine tastes terrific on terra firma, there’s a good chance it could become expensive vinegar in the air. If you do want to imbibe, choose a variety that’s fruity with low acid and tannin. Top tip here – Champagne is high in acid, so don’t go wasting your cash on grand gestures that might well fall flat.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *