Kemble’s AV8 Restaurant Re-Opening Announced

Fans of Kemble Cotswold Airport – one of the more interesting airfields in the UK – will be pleased to hear that the on-site AV8 Restaurant will finally re-open soon.

The AV8 was badly damaged last year and this popular restaurant has remained closed ever since. Now, however, it has announced a re-opening date of 28th June 2019, and promises some exciting new features for pilots and visitors to enjoy.

The following details have been given:

It has been a long and tortuous process. Initial delays, beyond our control, meant the restaurant had to be re-roofed and then the internals stripped back to bare brick and dried out, in the same way flood damaged properties are restored. This has taken a very long time to strip out and dry out. To use an aviation style phrase ‘every cloud has a silver lining’, and this compete strip out has allowed a complete refurbishment; an all new inside, from flooring to tables and chairs. In addition, we have made some improvements for customer expectations in 2019, such as USB charging points. AV8 has always had a certain character and attractiveness, which we have been keen to retain and, where appropriate, amplify.

Whilst retaining the aviation theme inside and the unrivalled view of planes taking off and landing, we have added a few very bespoke features which are unique to Kemble. To name a few of the changes: a pedestrianised front area (the old front car park) in which we will display some of our own jet heritage aircraft and a newly marked car park to the rear, with more marked bays and more disabled parking and specified bike and cycle parking areas. Lastly, but not least, an airliner fuselage section, courtesy of Air Salvage International, which will be mounted inside the restaurant with first class leather seating for 18 people.

Kemble is well known as an airliner storage and recycling airport. You’ll see huge aircraft parked all around the site in various states of dismantling, which makes it an interesting place for private pilots to visit. It is also very welcoming to GA pilots and easy to reach in south-west England, near Cirencester and Gloucester.

Keep up with Kemble and the AV8 here:




Matt Falcus is a private pilot and aviation writer. He has been flying since 2006, taking the opportunity whenever the British weather allows to explore the local area and other airfields. He is author of a number of aviation books.

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