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New Runway Bar opens at Stansted Airport's Windmill pub

The Windmill at Stansted Airport serves 1.2 million customers a year (8251480)
The Windmill at Stansted Airport serves 1.2 million customers a year (8251480)

A new £1.3m bar with views of the runway opens at Stansted Airport’s JD Wetherspoon pub on Wednesday (April 3).

The 3,650 sq ft Runway Bar at The Windmill has been built on a new mezzanine level at the back of the pub and can seat 200 customers.

Another 40 staff have been taken on to join the existing 175-strong Windmill workforce.

Aircraft can be seen taking off and landing through a 30m (98ft) long window in the new bar, which is in addition to 7,000 sq ft of customer space in the pub.

It will serve six real ales at all times, including a changing range of beers from local and regional brewers and microbreweries, as well as craft beer and lager from around the globe.

Self-service coffee machines offering free refills have been installed.

The Windmill, which serves more than 1.2 million customers a year, opened in March 2015 at a cost of £2.7m. It replaced the pub of the same name which had been at Stansted since May 2003.

It is Wetherspoon’s largest airport outlet and was the global winner in the FAB Awards 2016 ‘Airport Bar of the Year’.

The pub opens from 3am until the last flight every day.

Manager Michael Wilkins, who has worked there since 2007, said: “The Runway Bar is a fantastic addition to The Windmill and we look forward to welcoming and serving even more Wetherspoon customers travelling through Stansted Airport.”

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