What’s Your Favorite Heathrow Restaurant?


Every year more than 250,000 pieces of sushi are served at London’s Heathrow airport (steak, 630,000). July and August expects to draw 13.8 million passengers to the UK’s hub airport where the most popular meal in dollars and yen and wan and euros is breakfast.

More than 5 million eggs served last year (6.4 million croissants). Which of the 73 bars, cafes and restaurants do you chose to fuel up at? At non-extortionary prices?

Now there’s a food guide to help hungry passengers. It ought to help cut through lines of teeming masses in places like Terminal 3, let me tell you.

Celebrity chefs John Torode and Gregg Wallace reportedly did the grunt work of eating at all 73 joints for Food on the Fly (they claim 80 plates). This week they’ll be at Heathrow handing out copies of their reviews.

The guide breaks it down into top fives by terminal. But they’ve thrown in a lot of starchy one-size-fits-all advice (always a warning sign) like what foods to eat and not eat before flying. Insight might not be Heathrow’s long suit.

The chefs also suggest some recommendations after slaloming their way around Heathrow’s eateries. The same old stuff:  We want healthier options. Local dishes in ‘small plates’ to go with a drink. Like nothing but rich grasses surround the restaurant and the chef is in the garden now picking artichoke hearts.

Seventeen new food outlets are opening this summer in Heathrow’s Terminal 2. Airport officials want us to forget images of accordion fences in jewelry store windows. Heathrow’s all cool now. No longer like a civil service exam in filing-cabinet tan metal.

John Torode boasts that Food on the Fly “is a great way for passengers to navigate their way through the menus and potential meals available – and to make the most of their time at the airport.”

The Tarmac’s View: Yes, Mr. Torode, you’re right, a time machine through the confounding web of Heathrow. But paper guides aren’t what we’re wearing on the hip circuit, like Frankfurt.


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  • Artpen100 at 9:26pm July 31, 2013

    Pret a Manger, hands down. Wish they had the same sandwiches in the US branches, but they seem to have wanted to Americanize their menu, which I don’t think was a good idea.

  • Xlr at 9:45am August 01, 2013

    I would say Giraffe in T5 – slightly overpriced, but quality food is always appreciated after spending hours inside a metal tube.

  • uggboy at 7:37pm August 01, 2013

    Plane Food @ T5, Pret A Manger @ T1, Strada and Rhubarb @ T3.

  • Jim90068 at 9:58pm August 01, 2013

    I hated Plane Food. Couldn’t get a simple (and very expensive) breakfast right. Served the $7.50 2 slices toast before the tea and breakfast. when the breakfast was delivered, the eggs were runny. A total waste. I wish Mr. Ramsey could have been there.

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