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Old 26th Sep 2020, 10:45
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The 'Hangar Cafe' at Fairoaks is great, open 8 am - 4pm but avoid going there at about 11am; that's when all the 'lycra louts' turn up and block the queue when all they want is their water bottles re-filled.
Been supporting this place for years, flying in to Fairoaks in helicopters, fixed wing and cycling in as a 'Lycra Lout'
Ironically I, and many of my friends, have spent a fortune with the Cafe (they even very kindly gave us 'local cyclists' coffee during their 're-furb') in that time and never once 'only' had 'water bottles re-filled'. Beware the biting off the hand that feeds many, many local businesses around the UK!

Edited to add: It's a lovely cafe. Blackbushe as well is great, my son, also a Lycra lout, has done his PPL there and loves it.
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Old 26th Sep 2020, 12:14
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The problem with cafes and restaurants on airfields is business is largely dependent on good weather unless there is sufficient clientele from local towns and businesses.
AV8 at Kemble and the Flying Club Cafe at Nympsfield have both fallen victim to pandemic restrictions.
The propeller Inn at Bembridge is one good option.
If you're willing to walk 10-20 minutes from the field there could be a lot more choice.
A bit further north Leicester has a good cafe and Nottingham has a decent Indian restaurant next door.
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Old 26th Sep 2020, 13:36
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The problem with cafes and restaurants on airfields is business is largely dependent on good weather unless there is sufficient clientele from local towns and businesses.
Sadly, that is very true, and not only in UK. No cafe/restaurant can offer a decent level of service based only on local aviation custom. The saddest illustration is the resto at LFAC Calais, doing fairly well in summer, going bust in autumn, restarted by a new enthusiast in spring, only to repeat the cycle.
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Old 26th Sep 2020, 14:00
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4th vote for Compton Abbas, fun approach too!
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Old 26th Sep 2020, 14:46
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The problem with cafes and restaurants on airfields is business is largely dependent on good weather unless there is sufficient clientele from local towns and businesses.
Very true, but Redhill's 'The Pilot's Hub' is not only welcomed by pilots but also by local families and employees of light industry and administration around the airfield. And even in the dodgiest of weather, their cooked breakfasts set you up for the day ahead ... and a cup of hot chocolate and a slice of cake for the mid-afternoon dip!
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Old 26th Sep 2020, 17:38
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I wouldn’t say this place is great, had a sandwich their recently and it was firmly below average..
Agreed sorry fairoaks doesn't belong here.
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Old 26th Sep 2020, 17:47
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The Pilot's Hub in Redhill is exceptionally good, and may be the consistently best breakfast I have ever had anywhere in the UK. Great food, great service and a great location.
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Old 27th Sep 2020, 09:06
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Thumbs up for The Aviator at Dunkeswell
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Old 27th Sep 2020, 16:28
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I'd second Compton and WW and add Andrewsfield into the mix
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Old 28th Sep 2020, 07:37
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Thumbs up for The Aviator at Dunkeswell
nice carvery on a sunday
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Old 28th Sep 2020, 11:04
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I would have thought that Biggles Restaurant at Denham would be a prime contender.


(Not the same as the Crew Room, which I'm very fond of, but is substantially less posh)

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Old 1st Oct 2020, 04:46
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It's been many years since I was at Compton Abbas, but I'm glad to hear that the restaurant is still recommended. I can remember some wonderful breakfasts there, on lovely summer days.

One of the nice things is the hilltop* setting, with wonderful views to the north, except when they are obscured by flying machines!

* 811' ASL. I flew from there a few times in the 80s and 90s, when visiting my mother, who lived near Shaftesbury. I remember a young instructor asking me if I was familiar with high-altitude operations. My local airfield is 3700' ASL.
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Old 1st Oct 2020, 07:45
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Meg’s Cafe Shobdon

Shobdon might be a bit too far for some of you southerners, but young Meg has done wonders to the Hotspure Cafe at Shobdon and has improved the visitor count.
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Old 1st Oct 2020, 10:13
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Trouble with Shoreham is landing fees I believe. Haven’t flown for years but I understand that they have really gone up. If you are up to it, lunch in Bembridge or even Le Touquet was always a nice day out.

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Old 3rd Oct 2020, 15:26
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Another vote for Compton Abbas and Dunkeswell. If you can go a bit to the East, Beccles offers really great food at low prices.
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Old 11th Oct 2020, 21:11
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It’s all about the chips ...the common denominator

have done all of the following in the last few months:

Agree Redhill is excellent ( including the chips) - extensive and well thought out menu, good coffee.

Otherwise - Compton Abbas - great and generous sausage baguette ( terrible chips)

Sandown - burger and chips v good ( chips much improved )

Bembridge - propeller inn - v good fish and chips

Fairoaks - old fashioned motorway service like - adequate but you’ve gotta be hungry

Kemble - only the AV8 van is working - typical van fare - staff v helpful

Exeter - passenger terminal was closed recently - not sure if it opens by appointment post Flybe closure. Pasties good but sell out quickly when it does open.
Nearby pub Jack on the green is very good indeed.

lydd - Kit Kat & coffee only alas, but staff v charming

Headcorn - B+ for the burger and an A for the chips

popham - B+ for the English breakfast - lovely service and charming airfield

one question there’s supposed to be a grass strip in north Kent with good food - shortish strip though !

hope this helps !

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Old 12th Oct 2020, 08:15
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It might be worth noting that Popham, which had outside catering during the summer, has re-opened the cafe in the Clubroom. Lisa is offering a good selection of meals, including the famous Popham-All-Morning-Breakfast.
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Old 12th Oct 2020, 08:31
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Southend is an option with 1935 Restaurant-bar.
Good views of airside. Main issue is the length of hike from where you are parked to landside access (through the old FBO).
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Old 12th Oct 2020, 21:16
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A big thumbs up for the eatery at Elstree ...... the Ikeron cafe. Lovely food and friendly staff
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Old 21st Oct 2020, 16:21
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Pilot's Hub - Redhill!
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