Heathrow Airport used to be somewhere you hurried through, not somewhere you’d linger over a meal. Yet the vagaries of travel mean that we’re often caught out, like a ferryman on the Styx, in limbo between the outside world and the confines of the aircraft cabin. The catering outlets between passport control and boarding have us captive – except, of course, that we still have choices. We recently re-reviewed both Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food at Terminal 5, and Heston Blumenthal’s Perfectionists’ Café at Terminal 2.
We’re pleased to report they’re both cruising at altitude, on steady courses with no turbulence. Good food, fair pricing, and swifter turnaround than a Lufthansa check-in – we were impressed by both. If you have the time and appetite, it’s worth arriving early for your flight, and forfeiting the handbag and booze shops for a smart meal before boarding – then you can skip that aircraft meal with impunity.
By Guy Dimond