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“Not the average airport restaurant”

AV8 Bistro & Restaurant
Ranked #20 of 125 Restaurants in Cirencester
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: AV8 Restaurant, based at Cotswold Airport, Kemble is a fantastic location to grab a refreshment and take in the sights. You often see fast military jets here or even F1 Testing. Frequented by celebrities, its a truly interesting place to hang out, kick back and relax.
Reviewed 18 June 2014

I have worked all over the UK in aviation and most airports have a little cafe that offers light refreshments and food. However Cotswold Airport have excelled themselves with a picturesque fully licensed (if you are not driving or flying) restaurant that offers much more. Either sit with a cup of tea on the terrace and watch really diverse displays of varying aircraft, or pop inside to sample reasonably priced meals or snacks. The decor is plush and comfortable and you would not believe you were at a small airfield (until a roaring fast jet or Spitfire zoom past) Second only to Cranfield maybe (but they have 3 restaurants!!!) this must be the best little airport dining establishment I have encountered.
Looking forward to the Autumn when they promise to be open in the evening for Curry nights etc

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Thank Lex L
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

I'm watched this restaurant grow to a fantastic place to eat or just have a drink and watch the world go by. Highly recommend

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Thank Alamoracing
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

As I live in the surrounding area, I visit AV8 relatively often. I also have vast experience of other aviation related eateries. Without doubt, AV8 is a high quality restaurant, the ambiance is fantastic, the staff friendly and attentive, food and drink is reasonably priced. The building itself, a converted RAF fire station, has been sympathetically renovated to an aviation theme, it's light and airy with a lovely view directly across the airfield and down towards Wiltshire.
There is always aircraft action and there's always the chance that a fast jet or Hercules may turn up. Former home of The Red Arrows before their move to Scampton I cannot recommend this place highly enough.

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Thank David B
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

... ways to have a relaxing, chill-out for lunch or anytime!
I have visited AV8 many times over the years for business meetings or to meet friends - in fact before it was even conceived! The food is very good, the staff are swift with service and excellent manners and people skills.

To sit out on the veranda with a munch or just a coffee or glass of the good stuff, and watch the aviation world come and go right in front of your eyes is right up there. Light aircraft (and the occasional RAF fly-by or 747/Vulcan bomber!) and helicopters land and taxi right up to the AV8 gate, it really is fascinating and relaxing to watch!

AV8 has come a long way since being a storage shed next to the fire station! Suzannah Harvey has really brought the place up to spec and a very high standard - Well worth a visit, it's a hidden gem!

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

flew to kemble (egbp) yesterday (bank hol mon 260514) the breakfast we had was really nice the cafe was clean the staff very pleasant / airside again very good & they have reduced their landing fees (£10 for a pa28) so if you fancy a trip (we flew from exeter) this is a nice choice / but remember it is an overhead join which some people seem to think is outdated / also seems to be a popular destination with non flyers

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Thank bus380
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suziejet, Owner at AV8 Bistro & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2014

Thank you very much for your kind review. We hope to see you at Cotswold Airport and AV8 Restaurant again in the future.
Suzannah Harvey, CEO Cotswold Airport

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