Photographer: Jonathan Lovekin/Grain Store
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Grain Store Restaurant Taking Vegetable-Led Cuisine to Gatwick

The popular restaurant, where Londoners queue down the street, will now have an airport outpost

Grain Store, the London restaurant that attracts queues of diners for dishes that put vegetables center stage, is to open an outpost at Gatwick Airport

Grain Store Café & Bar at the South Terminal is scheduled to open in November. It will feature an all-day menu with fresh and organic vegetables, and fish and meat from British producers.

The original Grain Store, in King’s Cross, has been a hit since it opened two years ago. It is currently drawing about 3,000 diners a week for such dishes as ginger-poached rhubarb, raw fennel, red onions, flamed mackerel. While it is not vegetarian, it is vegetable-centered, with meat and fish as garnishes.

Bruno Loubet takes a break at the original Grain Store, at King's Cross, in London.

Bruno Loubet takes a break at the original Grain Store, at King's Cross, in London.

Photographer: Richard Vines/Bloomberg Business

“I am very happy to be opening at Gatwick,” chef Bruno Loubet said in a telephone interview. “It’s a window to the world for my message that you can have food that is colorful, tasty, and fun with more vegetables and less meat.

‘‘I want to show people that vegetables aren’t horrible. And it’s good to get the chance to eat fresh produce before flying instead of loading up with burgers and fried food.”

The cafe, part of the Zetter Group, will be designed by Russell Sage Studio. Sage is the man behind such fashionable restaurants as Quaglino’s, Savoy Grill, Dishoom, and Grain Store. It will be operated by Airport Retail Enterprises, an Australian company.

Gatwick is the U.K.’s second-largest airport (after Heathrow) and serves more than 200 destinations in 90 countries, with more than 38 million passengers a year. It is 28 miles (45 kilometers) south of London. 

Grain Store Unleashed, a pop-up offshoot of Grain Store at the Zetter Hotel, will close at the end of this month.

Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Bloomberg. Follow him on Twitter @richardvines.

Light mousse pea tartlet shows Loubet's style of creating light, seasonal dishes centered on vegetables.

Light mousse pea tartlet at Grain Store King's Cross shows Loubet's style of creating light, seasonal dishes centered on vegetables.

Photographer: Jonathan Lovekin/Grain Store
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