Big Smoke Brew Co teams up with ARE to open Big Smoke Taphouse and Kitchen in Heathrow's Terminal 2

May 2021 

Independent Surrey-based brewery, Big Smoke Brew Co, and Airport Retail Enterprises (ARE) have teamed up to launch a brand new independent craft beer and food destination to travellers departing from Heathrow, Terminal 2.  Opening in May, Big Smoke Taphouse & Kitchen seamlessly blends a modern attention to detail with comfortable surroundings and a very warm welcome.


The well-curated food menu has plenty for everyone at all times of day, with a focus on comforting pub classics, all day breakfasts and sharing dishes. Highlights include DIY tacos, grilled meat sharers and home-made burgers. And for something more bespoke, guests can tailor a dish to their individual tastes by choosing from the selection of grills, sides and sauces.  All times of day are covered with a fresh breakfast menu that includes pancakes with maple syrup, Eggs Benedict, sweetcorn fritters and the ‘Big Smoke Signature Breakfast’ featuring house-smoked beef brisket.


Big Smoke have produced a beer and a gin to be sold exclusively at Heathrow;  Flight Mode, a crisp and refreshing 4% pilsner and Taphouse London Dry Gin which will be available with personalised labels that can be created while you wait. Big Smoke Brew Co’s own range of locally produced beers, cider and gins will also be available – including 6 draught options, 6 cans in the fridge and 3 gins on the bar.  This range is backed up by a large selection of other beers, wines, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks.


The pub and restaurant will be certified Covid-safe to trade, and will feature order-at-table / pay-at-table technology to provide customers with the convenience and safety of being able to order and pay for their meals and drinks from their own phones.


Fraser Brown, Heathrow’s Retail and Property Director said: “As the UK's gateway to the world, we are delighted to welcome local Surrey-based brand, Big Smoke Taphouse & Kitchen into Terminal 2. Heathrow strives to provide our passengers with the best airport service in the world and this opening will serve as a fantastic new addition for our international travellers, as they will get the opportunity to experience an authentic local brewery. To ensure customers feel safe and secure, they will be able to pay and order meals from their mobiles or use the food and beverage takeaway service via the Heathrow app. We look forward to Big Smoke Taphouse & Kitchen opening their doors to our passengers as international travel resumes this summer.”


Rich Craig, who launched Big Smoke Brew Co with his business partner James Morgan in 2014, comments: “We’re very excited to showcase our range of beers and gins to people traveling from Heathrow.  Our brewery is based only 8 miles from the airport so we are offering passengers a truly local experience.  The brand-new Big Smoke Taphouse & Kitchen represents everything that we love about modern beer and pubs and we can’t wait to welcome our first guests”.


ARE Director John Butts said: “ARE is incredibly proud to be commencing our partnership with Heathrow, and delighted that we are able to do so with such a fantastic brand in Big Smoke.  This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate a truly local champion on one of the world’s largest international stages.”


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Notes to Editors


Opening hours


Breakfast is available every day from 5am - noon


The main menu is available every day from noon – 10pm


About Big Smoke Brew Co:


Big Smoke Brew Co has undergone a period of rapid growth in the last two years. The company now operates 8 pubs, a gin distillery and a brewery producing a wide range of modern beer styles from their base in Esher, Surrey. Big Smoke Brew Co is proud to support local suppliers and offers a truly independent alternative to high street chain pubs and bars. For more information or high res images, please contact Rich Craig. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


About Airport Retail Enterprises (ARE):


ARE is one of Australia’s leading airport F&B retailers, operating approximately 50 restaurant, bar and grab&go sites across 6 major airports through a combination of own brands, franchises and partnerships with some of the country’s best known chefs. ARE is a privately-owned family business founded almost 50 years ago. The opening of Big Smoke Taphouse & Kitchen at Heathrow will be ARE’s second UK site. For more information, please contact John Butts. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


About Heathrow Airport:


Heathrow is the UK’s only hub airport and one of the world’s top international aviation hubs. The airport is Britain’s largest cargo port, helping to drive British trade growth and assisting the country in the fight against COVID-19, with 46% of the country’s pharmaceutical products imported through Heathrow in 2020. Heathrow is the first UK airport to pass the CAA's COVID Security Assurance Scheme and has secured the Airport Health Accreditation from the Airports Council International, as a result of investments made to keep the hub airport COVID secure. The airport is currently ranked by passengers as the “Best Airport for Shopping” for 11 years in a row.


Big Smoke Taphouse & Kitchen will practise the responsible service of alcohol at all times in support of the industry’s One Too Many campaign to reduce disruptive behaviour onboard flights.




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