Independent Surrey-based brewery, Big Smoke Brew Co, and Airport Retail
Enterprises (ARE) have teamed up once again to launch an independent craft beer
and food destination to travellers departing from London Luton Airport (LLA).
Following on from the success of their first venture at Heathrow’s Terminal 2, the
doors to a second Big Smoke Taphouse & Kitchen will be opening in June 2022.
Big Smoke’s design aesthetic and ethos of comfortable spaces and warm service
will be present at the Taphouse & Kitchen, alongside the brand’s range of locally
produced beers, cider and gins. The bar will be well stocked with Big Smoke’s core
range of beers, including 8 keg options, 1 cask ale, 6 cans in the fridge and 3 house
gins, alongside a large selection of premium beers, wines, spirits, cocktails and soft
The curated food menu has been designed with the airport traveller in mind, with a
wide range of seasonal options designed for all-day-dining. From comforting pub
classics to sharing dishes and all-day breakfasts – food highlights include DIY tacos,
grilled meat sharers and home-made burgers. For something more bespoke, guests
can tailor a dish to their individual tastes by choosing from a selection of grills, side
dishes and sauces. Brunch is a focus with a fresh daily 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 Taphouse & Kitchen will also have in-built technology featuring an orderat-
table/pay-at-table system, providing customers with the convenience and safety
of ordering and paying for their meals and drinks from their own phones.
Jonathan Rayner, Chief Commercial Officer at LLA, said: “With demand for air travel
returning, the arrival of Big Smoke at London Luton Airport is well timed ahead of
what’s expected to be our busiest summer since 2019. It’s the perfect complement
to our diverse range of shops and restaurants and it promises to be a big hit with our
customers, delivering even more choice, providing an excellent menu and the
convenience of at table ordering and payment.”
Rich Craig, who launched Big Smoke Brew Co with his business partner James
Morgan in 2014, comments: “We are thrilled to be opening a new Big Smoke
restaurant at London Luton Airport, bringing our signature home-cooked food and
craft beers to more global travellers. We are in safe hands with the team at ARE who
are as dedicated to delivering fantastic service and a welcoming atmosphere as
ARE Director John Butts said: “ARE is delighted to be opening our first pub at London
Luton Airport, and so pleased that we can continue our successful partnership with
Big Smoke. We know how popular their beers and gins are with airport travellers and
we are looking forward to bringing them to LLA.”
Our website can be found at www.bigsmoke-taphousekitchen.co.uk.
Notes to Editors
Opening hours 4am – 10pm
Breakfast is available every day from 4am - 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 14 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
About Airport Retail Enterprises (ARE):
ARE is one of Australia’s leading airport F&B retailers, operating over 50 restaurant,
bar and grab&go sites across 8 major airports through a combination of own brands,
franchises and partnerships with some of the country’s best known chefs. The
opening of Big Smoke Taphouse & Kitchen at London Luton Airport will be ARE’s third
UK site. For more information, please contact John Butts.
About London Luton Airport:
London Luton Airport (LLA) is one of the UK’s busiest airports despite Covid-19,
carrying 58 million passengers in the past five years.
The airport is operated by a consortium of which the majority shareholder is AENA,
the world’s largest airport operator, and AMP Capital, a specialist global investment
manager. Airlines include easyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair, Tui, Blue Air, FlyOne, Sun Express
and El Al.
Passengers travelling by rail can reach the airport via a half-hourly express rail
service which operates between London and Luton Airport Parkway. In addition,
work is nearly complete on a £225 million light rail system linking the airport with Luton
Airport Parkway station. The project is being delivered by the airport owners, Luton
Rising – a company owned by Luton Council.
LLA is awaiting final approval to raise its annual passenger cap by 1 million, to 19
million. It will not require any physical changes or new construction at the airport and
will prepare the airport to support the recovery of the local and national economy
as demand for travel returns.
London Luton Airport Press Office 01582 395333