If food is your issue when traveling through London’s Heathrow Airport, your worries can be put to rest. Offering a variety of delicious, reasonably priced options from both established names and smaller cafes, Heathrow’s 32 restaurants serve up everything from traditional English favorites to international cuisine. Whether you’re passing through for a long layover or just need a quick bite before your flight, there are plenty of eateries in the 4 terminals.
In this guide, I have gotten helpful info on restaurants located at Terminal 2, 3, 4 and 5 at Heathrow from the official website of Heathrow Airport, https://heathrow.com.The website has categorized hotels by location as shown in the snapshot below;
I also reviewed hundreds of traveler reviews on what they thought about the 30+ restaurants located before security, after security, and at the arrivals. I also referred to Booking.com and Tripadvisor websites for further information.
What are airport restaurants?
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Airport restaurants are places where travelers can grab food quickly to either eat on the go or before they board a plane. Airport restaurants also provide drinks and snacks, including hot meals, sandwiches, salads, and beverages such as coffee, beer and wine.
Unlike a hotel, airport restaurants are located at the airport and provide a fast, convenient way for travelers to get food quickly. Airport restaurants also offer both sit-down meals and take-out options. Some airport restaurants even offer special menu items that can only be found in airports.
Some Heathrow lounges have restaurants and they are a great option for travelers as they offer private seating and faster service than regular airport restaurants. These lounges provide exclusive food and beverage options to members, often at discounted prices.
What can you expect to eat at Heathrow Airport Restaurants?
From as early as 6 am, you can find restaurants at Heathrow serving up cooked breakfast with a side of fresh juices, smoothies, and other refreshments. Hot dishes include traditional English breakfast served with bacon, sausage, eggs, and more. There are also continental options such as croissants and pastries.
You will have to pay for this using your credit card and can cost anywhere from £3-£10 depending on the restaurant you go to.
I really like Caffe Nero Restaurant for breakfast, located in Terminal 2. They serve up a delicious breakfast panini – my favorite is the bacon and cheese one. Also, check out their large selection of coffee from all around the world.
Lunch and Dinner:
At Heathrow Airport, there is a wide variety of lunch and dinner options available for travelers. Hot dishes include curries, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and salads as well as traditional British dishes such as fish & chips and bangers and mash.
You can also find international cuisine such as Chinese and Indian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food. Prices range from £10 to £30 depending on the restaurant you choose.
For those looking for something a little lighter, Heathrow Airport offers a selection of snacks including crisps, nuts and chocolates as well as coffee, tea and soft drinks. Prices range from £1-£5 depending on the item.
If you’re looking for a refreshing drink before or after your flight, Heathrow has several bars and pubs located in the terminals serving up craft beer and premium spirits. Prices range from £3-£10 depending on the drink.
Terminal 2 Hotels at Heathrow;
Big Smoke Taphouse and Kitchen:
My favorite restaurant at Heathrow has to be the Big Smoke Taphouse and Kitchen located in Terminal 2 on the Queen’s Airside after the security checkpoint. if you want food on the go, this incredible restaurant in Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 conveniently doubles as an independent craft beer and food destination. The menu is expansive with English pub favorites, American-style grills and ribs, plus delectable meat-sharing platters for those looking to share their meal.
You’ll really like their fresh breakfast menus that include pancakes with maple syrup, Eggs Benedict, a double sausage muffin burger and the ‘Big Smoke Signature Breakfast’ with smoked beef brisket as per the details shared on the Tripadvisor page.
Below is another snapshot with details of the juice options you can pick to drink;
Moreover, you won’t want to miss out on their homemade tacos, burgers and a delicious mixed grill of steak, BBQ chicken, pork chops and lamb. Here is a link to the main menu.
They also have a children’s menu.
Want some beer? – Big Smoke Brew Co’s range of locally produced beers, cider and gins are available, including 6 draught options, 6 cans in the fridge and 3 gins on the bar. The Tripadvisor posting goes on to claim that it is backed up by a large selection of other beers, wines, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks. You will honestly not miss the opportunity to get yourself a cold one before or after your flight.
Here is the Drinks Menu.
Please note that you’ll need to pre-order your food at this restaurant and expect a 15-mins wait time.
From the 600+ reviews, I found on TripAdvisor, Big Smoke Taphouse & Kitchen has earned 4.5 out of 5 stars and is rated as the 3rd best restaurant at Heathrow Airport. It is worth noting that this restaurant was voted Tripadvisors’ 2022 Travelers Choice.
The reviews speak for themselves – “Absolutely fantastic food, great service and very friendly staff! We will definitely be coming back here again.”
“Outstanding quality and varietyig Smoke Taphouse and Kitchen is by far one of the best eateries in Heathrow Airport. The variety of food and drinks on offer are fantastic, and you can tell they pay attention to quality. I had a steak that was cooked to perfection, and the sides were all delicious as well.”
Unfortunately, if you’re looking for a restaurant before security in Terminal 2 of Heathrow Airport, there aren’t any available. But don’t worry – Cafe Nero is located conveniently at the Arrivals area of Terminal 2 to fulfill your food cravings!
Below are all the lists of restaurants in Terminal 2;
Terminal 3 Restaurants at all Heathrow Airport:
Below are a brief review of my top picks;
If you want a great breakfast option, Caffe Nero is your best bet. They offer hot dishes, pastries and sweet treats for a fairly reasonable price.
If you’re in the mood for something more substantial, EL&N and Pret a Manger are also located here. Their food is delicious, from their homemade tacos to steak and burgers – it’s all worth trying out!
If you are on a budget, Pret a Manger is definitely an excellent choice. They offer a variety of food items such as sandwiches, salads and snacks at a very reasonable price.
For something more unique, Caviar House Oyster Bar will not disappoint. Caviar House & Prunier stands atop the world for its impressive selection process, premium quality caviar and succulent Balik smoked salmon. Offered in an array of luxurious flavors, Caviar House & Prunier proudly sets the standard for arguably one of the most revered delicacies throughout history. This choice of restaurant is perfect for those looking to splurge and experience a more extravagant meal. Read more details here.
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