We went on a flying visit to Essex over the weekend and flew back up to Edinburgh from Gatwick instead of Stansted. I've not been to Gatwick for a while...years in fact. At first glance it seemed the same, but once we were through security I soon spotted Jamie Oliver's Union Jacks Bar. I am way behind the times...and apparently no longer on Jamie's mailing list...I had never heard of Union Jacks (check them out...flatbread pizza chain) and have still yet to visit Jamie's Italian...or any other Jamie backed restaurant.
We had loads of time to kill so decided to treat ourselves to a few small bites and fill the Jamie Oliver Dining Experience void in our lives.
Located on the upper level of Gatwick's North Terminal it is the perfect place to go for the ultimate people watching. We sat at a table by the glass over looking the duty free below and watched and watched and watched and watch. The menu isn't huge...it is all about snacks, coined British Tapas, and the drinks...but the prices are reasonable for the airport.
We shared a giant sausage roll with fresh mustard and pickles, a crunchy salad with red leicester, walnuts and apple, and a charcuterie platter and also had a ginger beer and an apple and cinnamon soda. We both enjoyed our tapas, it wasn't too filling to make us uncomfortable before our flight and was something totally different from our normal bag of crisp, sandwich and a coffee.
Sure it cost more than the coffees and sandwiches (£17.95) but it was definitely more enjoyable. We sat down at our own table, we didn't feel like we had to rush out or fight over space with the million other people, we talked about what we were eating, we talked about our weekend shenanigans, we actually enjoyed eating at the airport.