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Old 25th Sep 2020, 09:59
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Nicest on-airfield restaurants in southern England

Hi everyone,

I know this used to be a perennial question, however my searches just now have drawn a blank.

Where does the collective wisdom of PPRuNe Private Flying believe are the best on-airfield restaurants in the South? If any previous threads are relevant (and someone is better at searching than I!), please direct.

Thanks,
KP
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 10:34
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The Pilot's Hub at Redhill ... high quality food, copious portions, delicious homemade cakes, speedy and genuinely friendly service and a bill that won't break the bank. Family friendly and a wonderful glimpse at aircraft under restoration in the hanger behind when you go to the toilet. https://www.pilotshub.co.uk/ Every visit we have made has been a genuine pleasure especially as the reasons behind our regular visits to the UK were not happy ones and these have been our high points and things to look forward to.
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 10:46
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The Hummingbird Restaurant in the main terminal at Shoreham does very good food.
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 10:55
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Thanks both, I have been to Shoreham (indeed very nice!) but never Redhill.

Any other suggestions?

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Old 25th Sep 2020, 11:06
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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.
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Sandown IOW https://www.eghn.org.uk/island-bistro/
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 16:41
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Compton Abbas
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 17:36
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At Blackbushe yesterday morning - very nice , prices , quality of food & drink and very busy on a bright autumn weekday morning
https://www.thebushecafe.co.uk/ pic from yesterday below ;

I hear from South West relatives , Compton Abbas , is also very good.
Also, White Waltham is ... very good from our experience , our visits.


Pic. from yesterday morning, Thursday 24th September 2020 AM. Blackbushe plenty of social distancing seating inside and outside ✓

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Old 25th Sep 2020, 18:19
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If you wanted to head North a bit you could try The Flight Deck Cafe at Turweston (EGBT). Very nice but it may be a bit too far…...
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Ikaron at Elstree. Good food.
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 19:47
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Naafi Restaurant & The Squadron Mess Bar at North Weald Airfield.


Full of history, interesting residents and great food.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restau...x_England.html
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 20:01
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Naafi Restaurant & The Squadron Mess Bar at North Weald Airfield.


Full of history, interesting residents and great food.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restau...x_England.html
Closed nearly two years ago. Under “restoration”

No sign of it opening anytime soon.
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 21:24
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As French Connection has mentioned :-
Also, White Waltham is ... very good from our experience , our visits.

No brainer ! Great restaurant staff, good varied selection of food, normally fast service except busy lunchtimes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The wartime Clubhouse has a lovely friendly atmosphere and appreciates all visitors, particularly if they arrive in an interesting form of transport - vintage or exciting car or aeroplane.
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 21:52
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Originally Posted by 3wheels View Post
Closed nearly two years ago. Under “restoration”
No sign of it opening anytime soon.
The latest word is it should be open by the end of the year. (It was supposed to be open by now, until the lockdown delayed it further)
Both buildings are being completely gutted and restored.
The timber building has had a completely new roof and exterior cladding fitted when I was last up a couple of weeks ago, and they were making a start on refitting the interior.
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Originally Posted by kestrel539 View Post
Compton Abbas
Make that a second vote for Compton Abbas
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 23:01
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
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.
I wouldn’t say this place is great, had a sandwich their recently and it was firmly below average.

The Crew Room at Denham is fairly good, as is the Airways Flying Club cafe at Booker.

Top of the list for me are Pilot’s Hub at Redhill, Compton Abbas, Shoreham and The Bushe Cafe at Blackbushe. I’m told the Propeller Inn at Sandown is good too, but haven’t been there myself.
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Old 26th Sep 2020, 01:19
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Originally Posted by asyncio View Post
The latest word is it should be open by the end of the year. (It was supposed to be open by now, until the lockdown delayed it further)
Both buildings are being completely gutted and restored.
The timber building has had a completely new roof and exterior cladding fitted when I was last up a couple of weeks ago, and they were making a start on refitting the interior.
I hope you’re right but, as of this week, they haven't finished the first or started on the second building.....
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Old 26th Sep 2020, 04:54
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What about the one at Kemble ? Has that reopened
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Old 26th Sep 2020, 08:35
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I hope you’re right but, as of this week, they haven't finished the first or started on the second building.....
Hmm. Hope it hasn't been delayed again. They seemed to be finally making progress last time I was there.
I haven't been for a few weeks now, as my aircraft is also being refurbished at the moment and is away for a respray.
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Old 26th Sep 2020, 09:03
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Kemble Av8r not reopened yet although there is a mobile Burger bar in the car park. Mediocre.
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