What is the food like in the Plaza Premium airport lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5?
Back in March I ran a full review of the new Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5 – click here.
The only realistic ways to get in – unless you have certain obscure Asian credit cards – are:
By showing an American Express Platinum charge card (Plaza Premium has a global deal with Amex, a guest is allowed for UK issued cards, foreign Platinum cards may vary)
By showing a DragonPass lounge club card, but these are rarely seen in the UK – Barclays is the main issuer
By paying cash (on the Plaza Premium website here)
In March I was there during breakfast. On Wednesday I popped in at 5pm – using my Amex Platinum card – to check out the evening food selection. It was pretty decent. Importantly there were fewer than 20 people in the lounge.
There were BBQ chicken wings and potatoes:
There was tortellini in mushroom sauce:
And in the other pans:
….. were chicken tikka masala, beef stroganoff and steamed rice. There was also a large selection of wraps and a salad bar.
And if you wanted dessert, there were special cupcakes to celebrate Plaza Premium’s recent Skytrax awards! Photo below. If you want to see photos of the lounge itself, read my March review.
Getting airport lounge access via a UK credit card
As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:
Two free Priority Pass cards (one for you, one for your supplementary Platinum cardholder, each admitting two – so a family of four gets in free) giving access to every lounge in the Priority Pass network – search it here. You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. Our American Express Platinum review is here.
You get a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club network lounge – see the list here. The list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list, but not by much. Additional visits are charged at £20 per person. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card. No annual fee in Year 1. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
You get a free LoungeKey card allowing you access to any property in the LoungeKey network. Guests are charged at £20 although regular travellers will find it cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card (adults only, of course). The card has an annual fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer. Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.