A long wait stretching ahead before a flight isn’t exactly a traveller’s dream. That scenario is made even worse when the dining options on offer are less than inspiring. Thankfully, passengers at Birmingham Airport are at least well catered for by restaurants where you can not just while away time, but do so with quality food.
The usual high-street cafes, fast food chains and on-the-go supermarket snacks are available. But with more gourmet dining options on the menu too, your airport dining experience can actually be memorable - for the right reasons.
Here we put the spotlight on a handful of the best. Whether you’ll be looking for a light breakfast ahead of a yawn-inducing early flight, a leisurely brunch where you can raise a glass to your soon-to-start holiday, or a family-friendly dinner that suits every member’s tastes, at least one of these food outlets will have you covered.
A reliable choice whether you’re seeking out breakfast, lunch or dinner, the Factory Bar and Kitchen is open from 3 am until the last flight of the day. Filling pub classics make up the main menu - think burgers, pizzas, fish and chips, curry and nachos - and there’s a kids menu with similarly crowd-pleasing dishes. If you can stomach a plate liberally stacked with food before a morning flight, go for one of the breakfast burgers or traditional fry ups.
Even if you’re in a hurry, don’t write off fitting in a meal at the Factory Bar and Kitchen, as certain dishes promise a wait time of 13 minutes or less. Extensive seating means you should never have trouble finding a seat either and the extensive drinks list includes cocktails, sparkling wine, bottled beers and ciders, and fizzy soft drinks.
Expect no less than ‘The Perfect Match’ at Bottega, as fine prosecco and wines are paired with the Italian food by flavour. Favourites like antipasti sharing boards, Caprese salad, and ciabattas filled with prosciutto or tomato, mozzarella and pesto are some of the dishes on offer.
Bottega also serves breakfast until 11 am, making it a spot for prosecco brunches. Order your fizz with pastries, poached eggs, avocado on toast and a full English with an Italian touch among other breakfast dishes. It’s the perfect way to start your holiday with a little elegance and luxury, whether you decide to dine, stop in for a drink or two or even just to relax with one of the premium coffees.
Wrapchic proves that ‘grab and go’ airport food doesn’t have to mean tasteless sandwiches. Indian flavours meet Mexican-style wraps on the menu of this chain, which started in Birmingham. This combo might not be one you’ve imagined tucking into before, but lay eyes on the menu and any fan of either cuisine will soon be won over.
Every dish is whipped up with lashings of fresh, vibrant spices and many of the fillings will be familiar to you - chicken tikka, paneer masala, mutton kheema, egg bhurji and more. These can be served in your choice of wraps, burritos, rice or salad bowls, nachos, curry pots or even wraposas, the brand’s twist on traditional samosas.
Open from 4 am, breakfast is also available at Wrapchic, offering a change from your usual bacon and eggs in the form of wraplettes, quesadillas, parathas, and wrapaninis with the same Indian-influenced fillings. All of these dishes are perfectly complemented by the lassis on offer, yoghurt-based drinks in a range of flavours.
Have a suitably global meal ahead of your holiday at Giraffe. The award-winning chain is famed for their world-spanning menu that can take you from Japan to Mexico, Australia and beyond - before you even step on a plane. The geographical breadth of inspiration means that even the fussiest eater would struggle to find something that didn’t appeal to their taste buds.
All-day brunches, bowls for the soul, flatbreads, sharing plates and juicy burgers are just some items to choose from. The drinks menu is just as impressive. Kick-start the holiday vibes with crafted cocktails, sunshine smoothies, worldly wines or a selection of other refreshing thirst quenchers.
For breakfast, you can choose from one of the many grand cooked breakfasts with global flavours, healthier, lighter dishes, sweet treats like pancakes or classic egg dishes. The restaurant warmly welcomes little ones too and aims to serve all meals within 15 minutes.