Review of the BA Terraces Lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 3

This is our review of the British Airways lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 3.

A few weeks ago we asked for your help in completing our collection of UK airport lounge reviews, which you can find on the ‘Favourites’ page here. HFP generally does not accept third-party reviews. There is zero chance of Rob or myself making it to most of the missing UK lounges, however, so we were happy to take some help here.

We currently have reviews of:

Heathrow: Club Millesime T5 Arrivals, British Airways Concorde Room T5, British Airways Galleries First T5, British Airways T5 Arrivals, Aspire T5, Plaza Premium T4, Etihad T4, SkyTeam T4, Qatar Airways T4, Cathay Pacific T3 (and video and video), American Airlines T3, British Airways Galleries T3, Club Aspire T3, Emirates T3, No 1 Lounge T3, Virgin Atlantic T3, Aer Lingus T2, Plaza Premium T2, Plaza Premium T2 #2, Plaza Premium T2 Arrivals, Lufthansa T2, Air Canada T2, United Airlines Business and First T2, Singapore Airlines T2

Gatwick: No 1 Lounge North, My Lounge North, My Lounge North #2, No 1 Clubrooms North, No 1 Lounges South, No 1 Lounges Clubrooms South, British Airways South

Other: London City: First Class / Private Jet Terminal (and a video) London Luton: Aspire London Stansted: Escape London Southend: SkyLife Belfast City: British Airways Belfast International: Causeway Lounge Birmingham: No 1 Lounge, Aspire Bristol: AspirePlus Cardiff: Executive Lounge Edinburgh: No 1 Lounge, British Airways, Aspire Glasgow Airport: BA Lounge, Upperdeck Lounge Isle of Man: Rendezvous Lounge Leeds Bradford: Yorkshire Premier Liverpool: Aspire Lounge  Manchester: Escape T3

(We’re not looking for further volunteers at the moment as a few people have offered to write pieces. Once those are in we will do a list of all the remaining gaps.)

Reader John (who spent £1052 on LEGO last year) kindly sent in some photographs and a brief review of the British Airways Terraces Lounge at Manchester Airport T3. For comparison, here is what he thought of the Aspire Lounge next door.

Here is his review:

“I’d imagine that more than a few HFP readers have passed through Manchester Airport T3 as it is used for all British Airways flights departing from Manchester.

When compared to the departure halls in T1 and T2, Terminal 3 is very lacking in terms of, well, everything really. Shops, bars, restaurants, even the layout of security is lacking as you have to pass through a tiny corridor and climb some steps before you enter the main hall.

The good news is that if you’re flying in Club World, Club Europe, First or – until 1st April – Business UK with British Airways, you won’t have to walk far to get to the departure lounge.  There’s a set of steps on your left as you enter the main hall where you will find the Escape Lounge and the separate British Airways Terraces lounge. I’ve managed to get from the curb to a cozy chair in less than 15 minutes.

On the last occasions I visited the lounge last year, it was a very pleasant experience. I was warmly greeted by the BA member of staff at reception (not something I can say for the staff at the Concorde Room at Heathrow) who politely checked my details and told me she’d alert me and my wife when our flight would be ready for boarding.

reception

The lounge is actually very large but doughnut shaped.  The centre is taken up by a cupola that provides a natural light both to the Terraces lounge and the main departure hall on the floor below. A wide variety of seating and workspaces are available around the periphery.

BA terraces lounge manchester t3

The views from the window are nothing special but you can watch the (mostly Ryanair) planes coming and going.

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Now, on to the food and drink!

While I’ve only ever visited the lounge for breakfast, the selection is absolutely fine.

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There is a very well-stocked bar with a good selection of spirits (not that I was sampling them at 10am) and a couple of choices of wine.

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The breakfast choices are the standard selection of cereals and pastries but everything is well-presented, clean and pretty fresh.  If you want a hot bacon roll you need to use your Priority Pass to pop into the Escape Lounge next door!

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The coffee was served from a bean-to-cup machine and I enjoyed my two lattes very much.

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The ‘business’ section is pretty small – although tablets and ultra light laptops mean the demand for using third party PCs has dropped a lot in recent years – but there is good WiFi throughout the lounge so you only really need it for printing.

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The lounge has a reasonable amount of seating and feels massive due to the cupola in the centre of the room.  I can’t imagine it ever getting that busy unless British Airways does, as rumoured, begin long haul flights from the airport.

The only other oneworld airlines that fly out of Manchester Terminal 3, and so also use the lounge, are American and Iberia.  Finnair and Aer Lingus use Terminal 1.  As there are only a handful of flights each day, you should expect the lounge to be pretty quiet whenever you visit.

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Conclusion

All-in-all, I find the British Airways lounge in Manchster Terminal 3 a fine place to start your trip. It is nothing special but certainly very comfortable and accommodating.

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Comments

  1. Alan WAn says:

    I’ve used this lounge a few times. Worth noting champagne is available on request.

  2. rossmacd says:

    I’m not sure you can get better views than the BA lounge has at MAN, considering the type of traffic that comes and goes.

    Good lounge that I called home for almost 4 years.

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      +1.

      To paraphrase Basil, are you expecting herds of wildebeests to sweep majestically across the plains?

  3. I go in the lounge once or twice a year and the staff have always been friendly; I don’t know if it’s because it’s Northern or because it rarely seems busy! They are always quick to clear used crockery and glasses away, which keeps the lounge looking clean and tidy, unlike at Heathrow where we’ve often had to clear our own table and not seen a member of staff for the entire visit! It’s just a shame about the lack of bacon rolls, as they’ve usually gone by the time we get to T5 :-(

  4. Afasam says:

    *kerb, *cosy

  5. I think this lounge is exactly what a lounge should be – an oasis of quiet to relax in before a flight. I have been there only a couple of times but the food offerings were fresh, the drink selection wide for hot drinks, liquor and soft drinks and the staff amongst the best BA people anywhere to be found, but most importantly, the lounge was quiet and relaxing. I don’t know how big it is in square metres but the shape give is a great feeling of space.

  6. I used it last Sunday afternoon for the first time. Nice surroundings, polite and cheerful staff who kept it very clean and tidy. Only downside for me was I fancied something sweet to have with a cup of tea. There were sandwiches, cheese and biscuits, soup but no cake or anything for those of us with a sweet tooth.

    • Trickster says:

      There are usually some cookies available, and sometimes wrapped cakes.

      I’ve always enjoyed visiting this lounge. First time I used it was for the then direct BA flight to JFK. At that time BA had the whole lounge area where the Escape lounge is and a bit to the left as you look at the airfield that’s closed off now.

  7. LondonLad says:

    The worst thing about T3 is security ALWAYS a farce!! Apparently BA refuse to pay Manchester Airport for Fast Track as they think it’s so poor!

    What annoys me in the lounge are the staff talking to each other in languages other than English.

    • Maybe you should stay out of lounges altogether then

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Surely the ability to speak multiple languages is a great skill for a lounge agent?

      While I always try to speak English in public places out and about in the UK I’d have no issue speaking my second language in an airport, it’s full of international travellers after all.

    • AndyGWP says:

      I’ve used fast track a few times there… just show your boarding pass or relevant Oneworld status :)