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The Three Bells (Bar, Restaurant)

Picture of The Three Bells in Heathrow Airport, London

Terminal 3, Landside, Above Virgin Check-In, Heathrow Airport, London, TW6 1AD
Cuisine: Gastro
Tel: 0208 897 6755 | Email to The Three Bells | Transport: Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 | Write review

The Three Bells Review

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“This is a passenger announcement. Could passenger Khan meeting representatives from the Royal Dorchester please make his way to the Quantas information desk in sector G.”

Royal Dorchester, eh? Sounds very poe-sh. Probably just arrived from Dubai. That could be me one day, meeting representatives from the Royal Dorchester. Still, I shouldn’t grumble. Life right now isn’t all that bad. I mean, here I am tucking into a black pudding and poached egg salad that is not overpowering me but is certainly giving me something to think about, whilst simultaneously chugging back a large £5.50 glass of Vigneti Delle Dolomiti Pinot Grigio.

“Will all passengers please keep their belongings with them at all times.”

Yeh, life is pretty decent at this very point in time. Especially as I can check the full time scores on the TV over there just beyond the slouchers on the couches. I feel like I’m at home. Only my home doesn’t have mismatched furniture, rustic food on rustic slabs, and shelving with fake books and bric-a-brac. Nor does it have a bar billiards table or exposed airport pipes. It does, however, have the uncarpeted floors and black and white 1980s poster shop images of James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Bob Marley. Nice touch.

“This is a customer announcement. Flight A432 to Sydney will now begin boarding on Gate 64.”

64?! Wow this place is BIG. No wonder it’s so busy. Look at all these exotic faces. Listen to all these amazing accents. This surely must be London’s most ethnically diverse pub. This is a VERY British menu, though. Practically every dish involves meat, egg or cheese. Or a combination of all three.

“I could order a big main, but I paid for a business class seat,” she says, “I’m expecting luxury once that inner door is locked.”

That’s what she says. She being the passenger I’m sat with. But (a) the pate she’s just had looks suspiciously like terrine (a fatty, bland terrine, at that), and (b) in the words of the immortal BA Baracus, I ain’t getting on no plane. No really, I’m not. Unlike the A-Team’s beef man, I’m just here for the ride. Which means I’ll be requesting the curry. No inflight sweats for me.

“This is a passenger announcement. Would passenger Lewis en route to Bangkok please make your way to gate 42 immediately.”

Ooooh, sounds like someone might be in trouble. Ooops, me by the sounds of it. I wasn’t listening to what my passenger friend was saying just now. I was too distracted by the urgency of Bangkok Lewis. I think she may have been saying something about how she was tempted by the champagne and smoked salmon breakfast, but as it’s 8.30 in the evening, she thought better of it. Wait, was that her flight that was just called? Hmmm, maybe we shouldn’t dawdle. Or maybe we should, this is a nice place to dawdle.

“Will all passengers please be reminded that there’s is no smoking inside the terminal building.”

Wow, that WAS prompt service. And wow, this curry is surprisingly spicy. I like! I also like the U-shaped bar with the large clock above it; useful in circumstances like these. Both the bar and the clock.

She’s given in and gone for a ‘lighter’ option: a sizable steak, greens, and crispy but-could-be-hotter chips. She looks contented enough. Although it is taking her a while to get through. Airports are ‘no steak knife’ zones. I wonder, is she going to miss her plane?

“This is a customer announcement. All passengers who are slightly hungry and have a little time to kill, please make your way to The Three Bells on the upper concourse where you can find Ploughman’s sandwiches, 25 wines by the glass (including the delicate Infamous Goose Wild Rock Sauvignon), and a remarkable scene of eying-up going on between a small group stag-do revellers and a duo of primped menopausal jewellery obsessives who are clearly too old for them and should know better.”

Did I just hear that correctly?

“I notice that they’ve got Adnams and that German Franziskaner beer at the bar.”

“That’s nice, dear.”

She seems anxious.

“No obligatory sculling necessary then.”

She cant hear me. There’s an annoying musical beat belting out of the speakers. It’s adding to the din of these excited travellers. I’d normally declare myself a slave to the rhythm, but this isn’t the time nor the place. But those chaps with the laptops sitting at the high tables over there, they seem to be happily working. Although I did just overhear one of them complaining that he had to pay for the WiFi. How disappointing. Oonst, oonst, oonst.

“Hey, have you noticed how this place is ‘sandwiched’ between Pret A Manger and Ponti’s. Ha, ha...”

“.........”

“Do you get it? Sandwiched, Pret.”

“Yeh, I got it.”

“Right.”

And then it’s a quick goodbye and she’s gone. Whoosh. No need for pudding and sentiment. Business class or not. It’s 8.45pm and suddenly completely empty. Unlike my sated stomach. Must be that 10pm departure surge. This place is decidedly eerie with nobody around. I expect zombies to appear at any moment. Best I get out of here, then. Back to the labyrinth of underground passages that is the Heathrow interconnecting terminal network. I have a long haul of my own: the Piccadilly Line.

Look at the address. This is not central London. Either I’m very very lost, or I’ve just left the best eatery in the Heathrow Terminal 3. If not in the entire Heathrow complex. Just don’t get the pate.
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Customer Reviews for The Three Bells

Average (based on 1 votes): 1 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“Obviously, because everyone is excited about flying out of London, this pub/restaurant has a great atmosphere. Loads of space for bags and lounging around. It feels like someone's front room almost. And the food is better than expected. All wines by the glass too so you don't miss your flight. We ate there and almost missed our flight because we were so relaxed.”
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Leigh, Tooting (9 years 4 months 22 days ago)

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