I've got a very early flight out of London Gatwick coming up, so I've booked into a hotel that's very close to the North terminal, to make the early start slightly less painful. I've just discovered that there isn't a restaurant at this hotel though, only breakfast, so I can't eat there when I arrive the night before.

Ideally, given the early start, I don't want to go too far to eat. What would be good is to find a restaurant (or similar) landside at the airport, which I can walk to / walk + shuttle ride to, to eat before I get an early night.

I know there are a fair number of restaurants airside at Gatwick, but I don't know about landside as I'm normally just dashing through that bit! I tried the Gatwick airport restaurants directory, but that had no option to show only landside airports, which is pesky and possibly a bad sign...

That leads to the question - are there any restaurants / similar places to eat, landside at Gatwick, ideally in the North terminal, open until at least 9pm?

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    As alternative: Pizza, fish & chips, indian will all deliver to your hotel. Ask for brochures at check in time.
    – Gayot Fow
    Dec 8 '15 at 23:19

Google Maps appears to show a Jamie's Italian and a seafood place called Caviar House & Prunier landside.

If you look carefully at the directory you'll see that there are two Jamie's Italians: a "van" landside and a restaurant airside. (In the right column, under Location, it says Before security or After security). The seafood place, however, claims to be airside, so maybe Google has the location wrong. There's also a Costa (at least, I think "arrivals" means landside rather than next to the baggage collection), where you can probably get a soup and a ciabatta.

At the South Terminal, there's an Apostrophe, a Nero, a Giraffe, and a Wetherspoons landside, although the latter two close too early for you.

  • Unless someone can confirm "Arrivals" is landside this won't work.
    – chx
    Dec 8 '15 at 21:54
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    @chx, huh? The only one which gives its location as "Arrivals" is Costa. Dec 8 '15 at 22:32
  • Ah! The van is the solution, nice find.
    – chx
    Dec 8 '15 at 22:42



LOCATION: Before security OPEN: 24 hours

  • That's not a restaurant though - M&S Simply Food is a (posh) supermarket
    – Gagravarr
    Dec 8 '15 at 21:28
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    If the goal is not to starve a sandwich or salad will do.
    – chx
    Dec 8 '15 at 21:53

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