Gatwick airport has unveiled plans for two new restaurants and wine bars at its South Terminal.
Vagabond Bar & Kitchen will open in May, offering customers more than 80 wines via the brand’s signature self-serve dispensing machines, including choices from local vineyards such as Digby in Arundel, Tillingham in Rye, and Kingscote in East Grinstead.
The all-day-dining restaurant will also feature a self-pour ‘beer wall’.
Meanwhile the adjacent South Downs Sparkling Wine Bar is set to open “a few weeks later”, and will celebrate English sparkling wine, alongside a cocktail menu developed by Max Venning, owner of the award-winning Three Sheets bar in London.
The new venues follow the opening of two F&B venues at Gatwick’s North Terminal in late 2021 – fast-casual Mexican restaurant brand Tortilla, and premium restaurant and bar concept Juniper and Co.
Commenting on the news Matt Fleming, managing director, Vagabond said:
“We are really excited to open our newest airport site at Gatwick Airport. Our Vagabond Bar & Kitchen site in South Terminal will become our largest site within the Vagabond estate and will be offering an extensive all-day food menu and continuing to drive innovation with the drinks we serve including cocktails, self-pour beer walls and making great wine available for all to try.
“On top of this, we are also going to be launching England’s first English sparkling wine bar – South Downs. Named after the South Downs area in Sussex and Kent, which hosts so many of England’s best vineyards and wineries, the bar will focus on championing not just English wines but also beers, ciders and spirits in Southeast England. The food menu will be elevated and designed to pair particularly well with English wines.
“We can’t wait to introduce the Vagabond and South Downs way to Gatwick passengers, giving them the perfect start to their journey.”