Heston Blumenthal and Heathrow are thrilled to announce that the multi-award winning chef will launch a new restaurant at Terminal 2 : The Queen’s Terminal in June 2014.
Still under wraps, the new restaurant is due to open in June 2014 when Heathrow’s Terminal 2 begins operations. The concept and menu, currently being developed, will showcase Heston's love for nostalgia and celebrate his pride of all things British, including our much loved and familiar dishes.
The menu will feature some of Britain’s favourite meals inspired by his “In Search of Perfection” TV series. The concept for the restaurant will draw on all aspects of the chef’s inimitable and creative approach to cooking bringing a brand new dining dynamic to Heathrow.
"This is an incredible project,” Heston explains. "There are so many different elements to consider when people are travelling. We want to deliver a broad spectrum of easy to enjoy, familiar dishes from fish and chips to pizza. When we made the ‘In Search of Perfection’ series we spent hours researching the temperature of a pizza oven or the crunch of batter; it’s this inspiration that is behind the menu at Heathrow – with some truly British eccentricity thrown in for good measure."
‘Our brand new, £2.5bn terminal will not only showcase the best of the UK’s art and engineering talent, but also one of its greatest culinary minds. This new restaurant will certainly introduce a unique and original dimension to the airport eating experience at Heathrow’ says Muriel Zingraff-Shariff, Heathrow’s retail director.
Built and designed with passengers at its heart, Terminal 2 will be a spacious, open terminal with multi-lingual ambassadors and personal shoppers on hand to help customers make the most of their journey. The terminal is the next major step in the transformation of Heathrow, and will continue the progress the airport has made in recent years with the opening of Terminal 5 and the refurbishment of Terminals 1, 3 and 4. £11bn has been spent on the airport over the last decade and passenger satisfaction scores now rank Heathrow as among the world’s very best large airports.
Notes to editors
- The restaurant will be built over 443 sqm and will be located immediately after security when passengers enter Terminal 2’s departure lounge
- Heathrow was originally known as London Airport when it opened in 1946 with a temporary village of tents for passengers. Those tents were gradually replaced with prefabricated concrete villages before the opening of the old Terminal 2 and Queen’s Building. Our love of air travel has seen passenger numbers at Heathrow rise from just 63,000 in 1946, to more than 2m in 1955 and 70m last year
- Heathrow is home to some of the world’s most successful retail space with annual net sales of over £1.7 billion serving passengers from around 180 worldwide destinations.
Terminal 2 : The Queen’s Terminal:
- The terminal will eventually serve 20 million passengers a year and be home to 23 Star Alliance airlines, as well as Aer Lingus, Virgin Atlantic Little Red and germanwings carriers
- An average of 55,000 passengers will arrive and depart from the Terminal daily once in full operation
- Each unit at Terminal 2 received an average of five proposals, surpassing the tender process for Terminal 5
- Terminal 2 will have 67 outlets in total including shops, bars and restaurants
- Heathrow has been named ‘Best Airport for Shopping’ four times in a row at the Skytrax World Airport Awards, independently voted for by passengers (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013)
- Despite being built in the centre of the world’s busiest international airport, the construction project has not disrupted daily operations. The project is one of the largest privately funded construction projects in the UK and will have supported 35,000 jobs across the country by the time it opens
- The old Terminal 2 opened in 1955, shut after 54 years of service in 2009.