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Rhubarb opens Pilots Bar & Kitchen at Heathrow T5

05 January 2015 by
Rhubarb opens Pilots Bar & Kitchen at Heathrow T5

Upmarket caterer Rhubarb has opened Pilots Bar & Kitchen, a new restaurant at Heathrow T5 inspired the golden era of 1950s travel.

The 145-cover airside restaurant will be open from early morning breakfasts through to late-night dinners.

Rhubarb culinary director Stephen Templeton has created an international all-day menu featuring locally-sourced ingredients that aims to have broad appeal.

Breakfast dishes include American pancakes, breakfast ‘pizza' and a traditional cooked English breakfast in addition to freshly-made pastries and muffins. All-day dining options include soups, sandwiches, salads and mains, such as a classic club sandwich, tuna niçoise and pizza.

Designed by 01 Creative, the interiors feature a vintage palette and aeronautical design features. These include an oversized jet engine air intake on the ceiling, glass hangar-style doors, executive club armchairs upholstered in baseball glove leather and antique searchlight fittings.

Chrome, stainless steel and period graphics are also used to create the nostalgic feel. Seating options include stools at the bar, poseur tables, lounge seating and traditional banquettes.

Helen Bowey, retail director at Rhubarb, commented: "We wanted to create a chic and visually entertaining environment that complemented an inspiring food offer with plenty of points of interest that referenced the golden, post-war aviation era when international air travel was portrayed as stylish and glamorous.

"Reinforcing the qualities of the terminal, Pilots Bar & Kitchen represents affordable luxury with the customer experience at its core, reminding passengers that it's not just about the destination but the journey."

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