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“Red Arrows 50th Anniversary Reunion”

AV8 Bistro & Restaurant
Ranked #28 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.
Stroud UK
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“Red Arrows 50th Anniversary Reunion”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

2014 is the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team The Red Arrows and it was decided to hold a reunion of former members at their spiritual home at RAF Kemble, now Cotswold Airport near Cirencester. Most of those attending were familiar with the location of the old fire station now the AV8 Bistro restaurant. This is located alongside the control tower with views of the runway and the cotswolds beyond.

On the weeks building up to the reunion, the manager of AV8, Sue Bennett, provided a lots of help and advice for which the organisors were very grateful. The decision was taken to keep things as simple as we could with a choice of either chicken curry or salmon salad and a beer with a pay bar. This was to allow for opportunities for the 'old boys' to have time to renew friendships and chat about experiences that have made the team world class.

On the 10th July around 55 former members of the Red Arrows (pilots and engineers) and invited guests arrived at AV8. We were treated to private aerobactic display by the Gnat Display Team led by Ollie Wheeldon before having the opportunity to walk around the beautifully restored Folland Gnats and chat to the pilots. We then retired to the restaurant where Sue and her team served the meals and beers. Service was efficient and the food tasty. During the evening two framed pictures and two framed 'plaques' were presented to the restaurant. The latter to commemorate the fact The Red Arrows were based there from 1965 to 1983 and the other record the the names of seven Red Arrow pilots lost their lives there during the same period. Sue had arranged for these to be permanently mounted on the wall for visitors to see,

A great time was had by all. Brilliant venue, good food, good service and perfect weather.

To find AV8, take the A433 from Cirencester toward Tetbury, pass under the arched rail bridge near the Thames Head pub. After one mile look for the green Cotswold Airport signs on the left. Turn left into a small narrow road, at the end of which turn right onto the airfield. Follow signs to AV8 or Control Tower - easy!


Thank you AV8, you helped to make a lot of people very happy.

  • Visited July 2014
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“A destination with a difference”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

I had seen previous reviews for AV8 and although I live nearby, I never knew it existed. Many restaurants provide a similar offering; friendly staff, a menu that caters for all tastes and a range of beverages to suit differing needs. So in order to be different, you have to have something else and that usually links to location or price.
How many restaurants can boast an outlook of an airport too?

Well done AV8, it gave the kids something to talk about back in class after the weekend.

  • Visited June 2014
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic ”
Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

Great food a nice proper cup of coffee, service is really quick and friendly, clean and relaxed ambiance and if you like planes it's the complete package. Thank you.

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Thank Dave R
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Cotswolds
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“Great location with tasty food”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

A little difficult to locate, look for the airfield control tower then park in front of the restaurant, between the building and the runway.

I rated it short of a perfect 5 due to the slow service, despite it being quiet it took a long time to place an order, then quite a long wait for the food to be served. Although everyone in our party ordered at the same time, one order was delayed/forgotton and only arrived once the staff had been prompted and by then everyone elso has finished their meal. Maybe it was new staff, but attention to detail does need looking at in my opinion.

That said, the food was good and the location very different from the average eatery. I will definately go again and would recommend it,

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank CotswoldsMidge
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“Yummy”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Had a delicious meal with hubby here, highly recommended the service was good and everyone was v friendly and a good buzz about the place

  • Visited May 2014
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