Pilots Hub Brasserie and Coffee House
Hanger 9, Redhill Aerodrome, Redhill, Surrey. RH1 5JY
So, Bank Holiday Monday and we had a couple of hours off parent duty. I have heard lots of good things about the Pilots Hub and decided to go and see for myself what it was like.
First appearance was “where is it”? However, strategically placed signage soon had us walking in the right direction and we found a much bigger, more established venue than I expected.
We opted for a table on the terrace and were greeted by Morgan who was going to be our waitress. There was no rush for us to place an order, she left us two menus and politely agreed to return in a few minutes to take our order.
The menu is fairly comprehensive with a nice vegetarian selection. This is not your average burger bar as I would soon find out!
There were a few helicopter movements and a couple of landing planes parking up close to us but no real issue with noise or wind. Plane enthusiasts could easily spend a day here sampling the various aviation movements along with tasty food and beverages. Don’t be fooled though into thinking that this is just for aviation buffs. This is a venue for anyone looking for an easy relaxing good quality bite to eat.
There is music playing in the background, not too loud or heavy though, easy listening between conversations.
Morgan returned and we ordered two Cappuccino, a Spirit of St Louis Burger and a Vegetarian option the Goats Cheese and Red Onion Tart.
I have to admit that I am very fussy about coffee. I like hot tasty coffee, not dishwater in a cup or any version similar to it. Our Cappuccinos were duly delivered, large, hot, full and very tasty. Sugar was not in a paper sachet but a real sugar bowl with white and brown sugar lumps.
I overheard an older couple behind me complimenting the tea, which had arrived in a china tea pot with an image of a ginger cat on one side and a black and white one on the other.
An order of sandwiches and chips went past us and I found myself wondering if I had ordered the right meal. They were huge and looked fantastic. By the looks on the faces of the waiting customers the taste equalled the appearance.
The bun was tasty and fresh and the burger itself was juicy, freshly cooked and really tasty. I actually wondered if I would be able to finish it all.
Chips were cooked to perfection and there were just enough to complement the meal.
The relish was tasty and worked well with the burger and the coleslaw finished it all off very well.
The vegetarian Goats Cheese and Red Onion Tart was colourful and well presented. Again there was a pot of coleslaw which complimented the tart and fresh salad very well.
My wife tells me that it tasted every bit as good as it looked.
During our meal I observed various members of staff tidying and wiping down tables which explains why everywhere looked so clean.
At no time were we rushed or bothered by staff members who were only ever attentive, polite and friendly.
Once we had finished the meal and relaxed for a while we went inside to settle our bill and to be honest with you, we wanted a nosey around a bit!
Inside is a relaxed atmosphere of comfy chairs and tables. Aviation memorabilia lines the walls and a wonderful looking bar is at one end.
As I was about to pay a staff member came out of the kitchen with a new cake for the collection behind the counter. I pondered, just for a few seconds but already I could feel my belt straining , so that treat will have to wait for another day!
There is a sign at the entrance warning patrons that at busy periods there may be a wait, but to be honest that could give you just the excuse you need to watch the various planes and helicopters landing, taxying and taking off in front of you whilst sipping your favourite tipple and enjoying the free wi-fi and papers.
Our opinion is 10 out of 10
On Sunday 14th June the Redhill Aviation Festival takes place at Redhill Aerodrome. This is certain to be a hugely popular event that is supporting the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
For more information go to: www.pilotshub.co.uk