Does a Cafe Have the Best Free View at Gatwick Airport?
The North Terminal at London-Gatwick is somewhere we find ourselves quite regularly, and up 'til now we’ve never been particularly jazzed about it; it’s a bit cramped, with too few bathrooms and too long walks to the gates. And, we always thought, it’s not as airy and fresh as more modern airports can be.
But we had something of a turnaround in opinion when we flew through this last weekend, because we discovered Café Rouge on the first floor of the departures area.
It’s a place we’ve walked by lots of times before, but ignored every time, largely because we never have time for a sitdown meal and its location next to the toilets makes us feel a little icky. But this time, lured by a £3.95 coffee and cake deal, we went in…
…And found what’s possibly (discounting the lounges) the place with the best views of the airport in the North Terminal. Think: a huge room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking some of the gates and the runway, without the need to pay for a lounge or present a Business or First Class ticket for access.
Unfortunately, the service isn’t so great; it took five minutes to have our order taken (which seems kind of slow in a semi-empty airport restaurant), then when we asked for a croissant, we were told it’d take 5-10 minutes to arrive. For a cold, unfilled croissant. Since our gate opened in 15, we didn’t risk it.
We did, however, enjoy an OJ overlooking the runway, which was more than worth the £2.50. Few things get you as tingly for a flight as seeing take-offs, landings and pilots chatting in the cockpit. Oh hai, Mssrs easyJet.
[Photos: juliab for Jaunted]