Stansted Airport unveils new F&B line-up as it prepares for retail tenders

UK. Stansted Airport has revealed the line-up of food & beverage concepts that will grace its Departures area following an £80 million transformation.

The programme includes a celebrity chef restaurant led by TV personality James Martin. The James Martin Kitchen will offer high-end bakery products made with fresh farm ingredients.

Other airport firsts include coffee concept Harris + Hoole, fine wine and British contemporary cuisine brand Cabin, specially created Champagne bar Halo and the first ever airport outlet from American diner brand Coast to Coast.

The new dining line-up forms a core component of the £80 million transformation of Stansted’s Departures lounge

The dining offer will also include popular UK dining brands Giraffe, itsu and Leon, as well as several concepts already well known in the airport environment; Pret A Manger, Starbucks, Burger King, M&S Simply Food and The Windmill Pub by JD Wetherspoon.

The winning concepts were chosen in a tender process that drew bids from 70 brands for just 12 units. The new Burger King will open for business later this year and M&S Simply Food will be located in the international Arrivals area from November. The remaining units will open in Spring 2015 and will be housed in a dedicated area in Departures, close to exits to boarding gates.

Flight information display screens are being installed in all cafes, bars and restaurants and general seating will also be available in the F&B area for passengers opting for take-away meals.

A mix of specially created concepts, airport firsts and familiar brands make up the new F&B offer at Stansted

Manchester Airport Group Retail Director Beth Brewster said: “We’re not just giving Stansted a make-over; this is a multi-million pound investment to create contemporary, convenient, innovative and stylish terminal facilities. We’ve listened to what passengers want and really hope they will all be delighted with the choices on offer.”

Brewster said that under the next phase of the expansion project the airport is about to go to tender for high street and high-end fashion outlets.

She added: “Interest is already coming in from within the industry and having taken note of what passengers are saying we also know the types of styles and brands they will be hoping to see and will work hard to deliver an exciting range for our customers.”

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