Cotswold Airport’s AV8 Restaurant Reopening Confirmed
We are genuinely thrilled and reassured that so many people, some very passionately on social media, keep asking when AV8 will be reopened. We are pleased to announce that AV8’s completion is ‘now on finals’ and is scheduled to reopen to the public on Friday the 28th June 2019.
It has been a long and tortuous process. Initial delays, beyond our control, meant the restaurant had to be re-roofed and then the internals stripped back to bare brick and dried out, in the same way flood damaged properties are restored. This has taken a very long time to strip out and dry out. To use an aviation style phrase ‘every cloud has a silver lining’, and this compete strip out has allowed a complete refurbishment; an all new inside, from flooring to tables and chairs. In addition, we have made some improvements for customer expectations in 2019, such as USB charging points. AV8 has always had a certain character and attractiveness, which we have been keen to retain and, where appropriate, amplify.
Whilst retaining the aviation theme inside and the unrivalled view of planes taking off and landing, we have added a few very bespoke features which are unique to Kemble. To name a few of the changes: a pedestrianised front area (the old front car park) in which we will display some of our own jet heritage aircraft and a newly marked car park to the rear, with more marked bays and more disabled parking and specified bike and cycle parking areas. Lastly, but not least, an airliner fuselage section, courtesy of Air Salvage International, which will be mounted inside the restaurant with first class leather seating for 18 people.
For the first few weeks, due to anticipated demand, we will only accept table bookings, no walk-ins. Once our restaurant phone line is live and we can accept bookings, we will post this on our social media sites and website.
The Great Vintage Flying Weekend, which although not an organised public event, is this first weekend of AV8’s re-opening, will give a fantastic view of all the vintage aircraft arriving and departing
We look forward to seeing you all again.