Jamie Oliver’s first airport restaurant opened its doors to passengers at Gatwick’s North terminal yesterday.
Jamie Oliver at Gatwick, which has been exclusively designed for the airport, is a new restaurant area that includes a Union Jacks Bar, a Jamie’s Italian Bakery and a Jamie’s Italian.
The Union Jacks site – 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, and an ‘open’ beer cellar with an all-British wine list and a large number of UK sourced/produced beers.
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. Bread will be baked throughout the night, onsite by professional bakers.
Jamie’s Italian is adjacent to the Union Jacks BAr 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.
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.
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.”
Spencer Sheen, Head of Retail at Gatwick Airport said: “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 options 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.”