Airports can be so busy and chaotic and if you’re about to depart for a long flight for a holiday or are returning home, don’t you just want somewhere to relax? Can’t afford the First Class Lounge like most of us? Well, don’t worry as The Commission at London Heathrow Airport is a positive alternative. Surrounded by glamorous shops, duty-free outlets and the usual chain pick-me-and-go places like Pret and Costa, The Commission welcomes you and comes with a reasonable price tag. Located after security in Terminal 4 and open from the first to the last flight, you know that it is ready to serve up some good food and comfort. As it is located within London Heathrow Airport, I feel compelled to tell you about it as you may not otherwise hear about this fantastic eatery and may query whether to enter when in Terminal 4.
Experience this gastro delight before your flight
The Commission is owned by the Drake & Morgan Bars & Restaurants in London and as I have experienced some of its other dining establishments, such as The Parlour in Canary Wharf, London, I had a feeling that it would deliver a great experience. The Parlour had previously been my second home when I lived in Canary Wharf.
Once you pass through security, you need to turn on the left hand side and walk about 30 metres (100 ft) in order to see The Commission. It has a striking and large entrance and exudes a super anti-airport atmosphere even from the onset. As one would expect with Drake & Morgan Bars & Restaurants, it is well decorated, modern, stylish and very inviting. Importantly, it also has disability access and various types of seating areas to ensure that you can feel really cosy.
A zen-like feel that is a contrast to the airport frenzy
The seating ranges from mini sofas, armchairs, chairs with grey and white fluffy material draped over parts of it, simple wooden chairs and padded open booth-like seating with clean bright coloured pillows. The tables are a light brown wooden colour and are surrounded by or have on them, green plants. The plants makes this eatery feel that extra bit zen-like, which is wonderful when you’re trying to kill time in the airport and either start off or end your holiday in a relaxing mode. Underneath and around some of the seating are plug-points which you can use to charge your devices. The walls are covered with pictures representing different parts of London and by chance, I had been seated underneath the picture that was of Canary Wharf. The atmosphere in The Commission is very good and without the usual airport frenzy. The staff are attentive, courteous and helpful. The menu is split into small plates and sharers, salads, burgers and sandwiches, mains, starches and desserts.
Whether you feel healthy or not, there is something for you
From the small plates and sharers, I would have to recommend the mezze board, which costs 13.95 GBP (17 USD) and includes a salty bulgur wheat salad, hummus, baba ghanoush, harissa, pickled chillies and olives. It is accompanied by flatbread. From the mains, the Thai coconut curry accompanied by basmati rice was heavenly and costs 10.50 GBP (13 USD). If you’re feeling like being a bit healthy but are craving a burger, then there is an option to request a carb free burger where you get the burger (without the bun) and are offered a salad on the side. The burgers and sandwiches are from 12.95 GBP (16 USD). Alternatively, if you feel like embracing the holiday spirit (if you’re on your way to a trip) and are feeling a bit curious and peckish, I would have to recommend that you try the trio of fries which are cowboy fries, Roman fries and sweet potatoes fries and cost 9.95 GBP (12 USD). If after munching your food, you have a little room left, then I would urge you to check out the dessert menu and sample some of the loose leaf tea, whether it be Earl Grey or mint.
Drake & Morgan Bars & Restaurants delivers an experience
The Commission is unlike the usual restaurants and cafes in airports and has something a little bit special and charming about it, like the other establishments within the Drake & Morgan Bars & Restaurants group. It feels very spacious, airy and open, meaning that you won’t feel like you’re seated within a hectic airport with people rushing around. There is an electronic board with details of every flight included within the eatery and there are also a set of electronic boards about 10 metres (32.8 ft) away from the restaurant. This means that you can check-up on the status of your flight whilst enjoying some good and freshly prepared food within a laid back environment where you can unwind and take a breather before your flight. I would encourage you to sit in one of two places in the restaurant. The first would be at the front, where you can see the airport world passing by as you won’t feel like you’re a part of the busyness and hype that occurs within such a place. The second would be to alternatively sit further inside the restaurant and near the bar area so that you can see the bartender making unusual cocktails, next to the open kitchen where the chefs are working fast to prepare tasty dishes.
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