Newcastle Airport in the Northeast of England, has opened a new restaurant encouraging passengers to enjoy locally-sourced dishes and regionally-distilled drinks before jetting off on their travels.
The Quaystone Bar and Kitchen menu features a variety of traditional dishes, including pizzas, pasta and sharing platters, as well as regional specialties such as chicken parmo served with Newcastle Brown Ale-battered chips.
Many of the dishes use regional produce – including cheese from the Northumberland Cheese Company, stotties from Geordie Bakers and meat from Ponteland-based Manners Butchers. Travelers can then wash down their meals with a choice of beverages – including alcohol supplied by the award-winning Lakes Distillery, based in Cumbria.
The Quaystone Bar and Kitchen is based in the departure lounge and has replaced the former Flying Hippo.
Dean Ward, head of commercial at Newcastle Airport, said, “I am proud that we have been able to offer something different to our passengers with Quaystone Bar and Kitchen. Now, customers will have a much wider variety to choose from – thanks to the addition of pizzas, pastas, sharers and of course, the Northeast-inspired dishes.
“For local passengers, the Quaystone Bar and Kitchen will give them a last taste of home before they jet off on their travels. For overseas tourists leaving Newcastle, this will be one last chance to sample some of the region’s finest produce and favorite dishes before they depart.”
Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland, which operates the new restaurant, said, “From show-stoppers such as the Tyne Burger, topped with local cheese and onion rings made with Newcastle Brown Ale batter, to the design which features artwork depicting the local area, there’s something to remind every Newcastle traveler of what’s great about the city and the region the airport serves.”