Jamie Oliver’s brand new restaurant has opened its doors to passengers at Gatwick’s North Terminal, exclusively designed for the airport.
It includes a ‘grab and graze’ Italian bakery, providing customers with food to take onto the plane or to eat on the go.
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. This exclusive offering should offer something for everyone and we’re excited to be able to open the doors to passengers.”
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 through the night onsite by professional bakers and in the morning homemade jams will be provided.
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 square feet, the restaurant area includes a kitchen that is 40 per cent 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.
The 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 the last flight departs.