09 May, 2011

DC6 Diner opens at Coventry Airport


For many the idea of airline food is a right turn off,  however something different is the case in Coventry,  a new restaurant is setting tongues wagging.


A DC6  1950s aircraft that has been transformed into a 40-seater restaurant at Coventry Airport, promise much more than the standard chicken or fish option served up at 30,000ft.

DC6 Diner in former plane at Coventry Airport

Going a la carte on aboard Air Atlantique: Diners can scale new culinary heights at the DC6 Diner, where dishes include Vampire gammon and Bomber T-bone steak

The refurbished Douglas DC-6 plane, which hasn't flown in three and a half years, offers aviation enthusiasts the chance to enjoy lunch or dinner in the cabin of a transatlantic prop-engine plane, with waiters summoned using the call buttons above seats.

The chef behind the project, Tony Caunce, has named dishes in the quirky diner after old military aircraft. Guests, or 'passengers', can tuck into such delights as a Bomber T-bone steak, Vampire gammon, 8oz Rapide steak or even a Meteor marinade fillet.

After lunch there's the opportunity to wander up to the plane's cockpit or drink a digestif at the onboard cocktail bar.

DC6 Diner interior, Coventry Airport


Mr Caunce said of the diner, which welcomed its first paying guests two weeks ago: 'Some people have come just because it is a plane and they want to experience something different.

'It used to provide people with sheer luxury compared to what you get today. It was an incredibly well engineered plane, which is why it was still flying until recently.'

The restaurant forms part of the Airbase exhibition at Coventry Airport, where other Air Atlantique planes are currently on display.