A new family dining concept – the Flying Hippo – has opened at Newcastle Airport as part of the flight hub’s £14m development.
The family diner is the brainchild of SSP - which specialises in running food and beverage brands in travel locations – and has opened in the airside departure lounge. It features everything from cooked breakfasts to American-style pancakes, ribs, wings, burgers and a ‘flying pizza’ as well as smoked brisket and pulled pork.
Local suppliers like Dropswell Farm from Trimdon, County Durham, Ponteland-based Manners Butchers and Geordie Bakers of Kingston Park, are featured on the menu.
The diner boasts a 15 minute serve promise and for younger visitors there’s a children’s interactive play zone and special family dining booths containing state of the art tablets loaded with games featuring the eateries mascot, Hamilton the Hippo.
Chief Marketing Officer for SSP, Lucy Knowles, says: “In a fast moving travel environment, we need to make sure we cater for someone with minutes to play with, as well as those who have time to spare for a relaxing meal.
“Flying Hippo does just that and wraps the whole experience in a colourful, vibrant and fun atmosphere. This is a first for Newcastle and we have exciting plans to introduce the concept in other parts of the country.”
As part of the departure lounge redevelopment, a new beer venue has also opened. The Beer House stocks a wide selection of real ales, beers, wines and spirits with a spotlight on locally sourced on-tap brews and hand-held food favourites such as a pulled pork and roast beef stotties.