Pub chain JD Wetherspoon is set to open a new bar this week (Apr 4) at the back of The Windmill pub at London Stansted Airport, UK. The new 3,650ft² Runway Bar is located on the mezzanine level and can accommodate up to 200 seated customers.
Developed at a cost of £1.3m (US$1.7m), the new bar will treat guests to expansive views of the runway and apron thanks to its 30m-long (98ft) window. The Runway Bar is in addition to the 7,000ft² of space on the existing ground-floor and mezzanine level of The Windmill, which already serves more than 1.2 million customers per year.
The new bar will serve six real ales, including an ever-changing range of beers from local and regional brewers and microbreweries, as well as craft beer and lager from around the globe.
The Windmill will employ 40 new members of staff in addition to its existing 175-strong team. The pub will open from 3:00am until the last flight, seven days a week.
Pub manager Michael Wilkins said, “The Runway Bar is a fantastic addition to The Windmill pub and we look forward to welcoming and serving even more Wetherpoon customers traveling through Stansted Airport.”
Richard Cross, head of retail F&B and duty free, Stansted Airport, said, “The Windmill’s new Runway Bar is a fantastic new addition at London Stansted and represents the culmination of phase one of the International Departure Lounge enhancement works within our transformation program.
“The new Runway Bar brings a further 200 seats with excellent views over the runway, giving customers and holiday makers breathtaking views of all the aircraft as they land, taxi and take off,” he said.