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The Brunch Diaries: Oriel, Heathrow – Terminal 3

For being an international terminal there aren’t a lot of options for places to eat at terminal 3 beyond chain restaurants (Yo Sushi/Strada) and small snack type places like EAT so when I was looking for a place for breakfast before my flight to New York I was happy to stumble across Oriel tucked away in one of the corners.


Oriel is a French Brasserie with a great menu at excellent prices – no more than you would pay in central London – which is unusual in an airport where they have a monopoly. They offer petit Déjeuner and hors d’oeuvres as well as mains, desserts and a large drinks menu which you can enjoy in the bar area if you don’t wish to dine.

Oriel Brunch

As I was there for breakfast I settled on the oeufs royale; poached eggs with smoked salmon on a toasted muffin and Hollandaise sauce, a pot of tea and, as I was going on vacation, a cheeky glass of Prosecco. My waiter was very cheerful and pleasant especially given the time he must have been in from that morning!

Everything arrived quickly, tasted great and the portion size was just right with a substantial amount of salmon and the perfect amount of sauce rather than being drowned in the stuff. I think I got a total of three cups out of my pot of tea and they weren’t piddly ones either. Woe betide those who come between a Brit and their tea eh? The atmosphere was nice and relaxing too which is just what you want before a long flight and I didn’t feel like I was being rushed at all despite occupying my table for around an hour. If I fly from terminal 3 again I’ll definitely be coming here for a bite to eat and avoiding the chains!

Terminal 3
Heathrow Airport

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