Eating at Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport is home to a host of eateries to suit every palate. Before you fly, check out the options available to tempt your tastebuds by reading our lowdown on the most delicious dishes on offer.
The most important meal of the day, breakfast at Gatwick can start pretty early if you're catching a dawn flight. With restaurants opening their doors from 3am, there's much on offer to whet your appetite, despite the early call.
If a hearty breakfast is just the thing to start your day right, check out the all-day brunch options available at Armadillo, the Santa Fe-style chain. Here, you can choose from breakfast burritos or even a breakfast burger, topped with bacon and egg. Over at Wondertree, your journey can start by tempting your tastebuds with the Mexican breakfast or Japanese breakfast bowl.
At Comptoir Libanais, passengers can sample a taste of the Middle East by opting for the veggie breakfast, which includes falafel, halloumi, zatar and sumac or their speciality, shakshuka with spicy lamb sausage.
As midday rolls around, Gatwick passengers have some tasty options for lunchtime dining. This month, Jamie Oliver opens a brand new diner in the south terminal. And with menu options like The Whole Hog and Jamie's Insanity Burger, it looks like it's not for the faint-hearted!
To grab a smaller bite, Pret A Manger sells a host of freshly prepared lunchtime options designed to suit everyone, with none of the nasties you might normally find in packaged food, while Eat provides hungry passengers with plenty of takeout options to grab and go if time is tight.
If you're waiting on an evening flight, there's a meal to suit every palate. Confit duck tacos, jambalayas, quesadillas and salad bowls are available at Armadillo, while Giraffe offers up sizzling sharing platters, world sandwiches and "bowls for the soul".
Pukka pasta options at Jamie's Italian include oxtail lasagne, Gennaro's tagliatelle bolognese and squid & mussel spaghetti nero. However, if chicken is more your thing, you can head for a cheeky Nando’s at the airport’s popular outlet.
Vegetarians can choose from veggie burgers at various establishments; mezze platter at Comptoir Libanais, veggie wraps at Nando’s, superfood salad bowls at the Grain Store and Giraffe or a classic margherita or veggie pizza at Garfunkel’s.
For vegans, there are options a-plenty too, including the indo-coco curry and San Fran super salad at Giraffe, tender roasted aubergine at Jamie's Italian, tofu & butternut ramen at Wondertree and yasai itame tofu and vegetable rice noodles at Wagamama. Even Wetherspoons is getting a piece of the action, with its own separate vegan menu available at all outlets.
As more and more of us suffer wheat allergies and intolerances, restaurants and cafés are becoming increasing clued up about how to cater for a gluten-free diet.
Happily, Gatwick’s food outlets all do a fantastic job of this and gluten-free passengers certainly won’t go hungry at any time of day.
Make sure you ask for a gluten-free menu at whichever establishments you choose to dine at, as options may not always be listed on the main menu.
Great news for parents travelling with little ones, as children eat for free at Comptoir Libanais.
All of the major eateries offer a children’s menu and the options are vast and varied, from cheesy quesadillas at Giraffe, cod cubes and katsu curry at Wagamama to organic spaghetti and meatballs at Jamie’s Italian.
Parking at Gatwick Airport
Sitting in the airport with a nice, cold glass of something may seem a long way off when you’re waiting for your shuttle bus. Why not opt for meet and greet parking, where you can drop your car off right outside the terminal and get your holiday started right away?