Jamie Oliver’s new restaurant opens its doors at Gatwick Airport

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12th Jul 2012
Jamie Oliver’s new restaurant opens its doors at Gatwick Airport

Jamie Oliver’s brand new restaurant opens its doors to passengers at Gatwick’s North Terminal. Jamie Oliver at Gatwick, which has been exclusively designed for the airport, includes a bespoke ‘grab and graze’ Jamie’s Italian Bakery – a first for Jamie Oliver – providing passengers with great food to take onto the plane or to eat on the go.

The new restaurant area includes a Jamie’s Italian, a Jamie’s Italian Bakery and a Union Jacks Bar serving an all-British menu. The groundbreaking offering marks the very first dining experience from the British chef to be launched in an airport and highlights Gatwick’s commitment to reinvigorating the airport environment and providing passengers with their ideal dining experience.

Spencer Sheen, Head of Retail at Gatwick Airport commented: “We’re thrilled Jamie Oliver chose to open his first ever restaurant in an airport at Gatwick. Passengers have called for a greater variety of dining options1 in the departure lounges, and our partnership with Jamie Oliver sees Gatwick taking yet another step in significantly enhancing the passenger journey to, through and from the airport. This exclusive offering should offer something for everyone and we’re excited to be able to open the doors to passengers today.’’

The Union Jacks site at Gatwick – the first stand-alone Union Jacks Bar to launch in the UK - has a bar on the balcony of the North Terminal, serving a British menu, with small plates such as scotch eggs and dishes accompanied by homemade pickles. The bar also has an ‘open’ beer cellar, offering an all British wine list and a large number of UK sourced/produced beers. Union Jacks is ideal place for grazing, nibbling and drinking before a flight.

The very first Jamie’s Italian Bakery has a wide choice of freshly baked items from homemade pizzas, focaccias and filled sandwiches to cookies and brownies as well as freshly prepared salads, fruit and yoghurts. Bread will be baked throughout the night, onsite by professional bakers and in the morning homemade jams will be ready for your toast! Jamie’s Italian Bakery is perfect for travellers to take away and particularly convenient for early morning flyers to pick up a delicious breakfast.

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Jamie’s Italian is adjacent to Union Jacks and gives diners a spectacular view of the airfield. Glass-fronted food preparation areas showcase an antipasti bar and fresh pasta making area, plus a wood-fired pizza oven for fresh pizzas.

Jamie Oliver said: “Opening this restaurant in the airport is a new and exciting step to take. Whether you want to dine in the Italian, grab food for the flight from the bakery, or savour some good old Blighty grub before you jet off, this is something really special, just for Gatwick.”

Occupying 6,000 sq ft, the restaurant area includes a kitchen that is 40% bigger than other Jamie’s Italian restaurants, and the largest within the airport – it also has a gas supply which is a first for Gatwick and something the airport will be looking to extend to other food and beverage outlets. This new restaurant offering has been designed specifically with Gatwick passengers in mind and forms part of Gatwick’s £1.2 billion investment programme to transform the airport and provide modern facilities.

The restaurants will be open to passengers boarding the first flight of the day, and will stay open until after after the last flight departs.

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