Many of us associate airport fare with dismal fast-food offerings, wan, reheated pastries, and murky, burned coffee. But happily for those who are travelling out of Heathrow, the days of bleak eats have long since passed.
Chefs John Torode and Gregg Wallace, who’ve become household names thanks to their appearances on Masterchef, have put together a gourmet Food on the Fly guide (download it or pick up a printed copy at the airport) to the London hub’s best bets for hungry travellers. Drop by these eight spots for a revitalising meal – you’ll be very pleasantly surprised.
Nestled in T5, Gordon Ramsay’s outpost is a reliable spot for genuinely delectable, restaurant-quality meals. Whether you’re looking to sip a craft cocktail at the marble-topped bar or sup on dishes like steamed sea bass, you can head to the ironically named Plane Food – and even book ahead by phone.
2) Caviar House
Caviar House has long provided international travellers with a warm and comfortable spot for high-end eats. There’s no better way to wash away the proverbial travel dust than with a glass of house champagne and three-tiered salmon meal.
Ideal for those who are travelling with families, Strada offers kid- and parent-approved Italian fare, from hearty pasta dishes to skilfully handled thin-crust pizzas.
Situated in Terminal 3, Oriel is far and away one of the most stylish spots in the sprawling airport. The French-style brasserie serves confit de canard alongside house cocktails.
With a focus on British dishes, ranging from the hearty (breakfast butties) to the delicate (pea and mint tortellini), “rhubarb” also specialises in high-end wines for those looking to relax between flights.
It’s no surprise that Heathrow is home to a number of great pubs, of which The Three Bells is one of the best. Offering gourmet breakfasts, a dining room packed with Chesterfield sofas, and high-end cocktails, The Three Bells provides a top-notch dining experience.
7) Café Rouge
Café Rouge, decked out in red banquettes and a chequerboard floor, offers a spot of throwback Parisian bistro chic in the middle of T4 and T5. Those after some Gallic cuisine would do well with the steak frites or croque monsieur.
8) Dining Street Restaurant
For British comfort food, don’t miss Dining Street Restaurant. From Cornish ice cream to bangers and mash, odds are the plates will have you feeling happy and well fed. The eatery is also easy to spot thanks to the red telephone box planted outside.
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