More than 40 new, local jobs now created following TRG Concessions Partnerships
There’s even more great choice for customers jetting off from London Southend Airport as The Navigator is now open in the Departure Lounge.
The new pub represents a £300k investment from TRG Concessions to develop the former Lakers Bar in a 4 week programme of works to transform the 4,300 sq ft space into a comfortable and contemporary air-conditioned traditional pub that can serve 300 people. The Navigator has free Wi-Fi and charging connections throughout and will be open daily from 4am until the departure of the final flight.
The menu includes an extensive all day Breakfast offer, from traditional cooked breakfasts to lighter meals such as the Smashed Avocado and classic porridge options. On the Main Menu a wide range is also available; Small Plates including loaded nachos and chicken wings and Navigator Classics such as Hand Battered Cod and an Indonesian inspired Padang Curry. There’s also a great burger range featuring the menu’s hero; The Navigator Burger, a prime mince beef patty topped with smoked chilli jam, bacon-mayonnaise, back bacon, chorizo, melted Cheddar, tomato and little gem lettuce. The menu has been carefully considered to ensure there’s something for everyone including a Vegan Beets Burger, a range of pasta and salads bursting with fresh flavours – plus a desserts range to cater for those with a sweet tooth.
A carefully curated drinks range is also in place featuring, amongst others, Leigh-on-Sea Brewery – a craft beer brewery located just 3 miles from the airport – meaning that travellers can enjoy the locally produced Legra Pale pale ale, Six Little Ships best bitter and Cockle Row Spit US style IPA. London distilled gins and vodkas, some fantastic superior G&Ts, spritz cocktails and a global wine list are all also present in this premium pub range.
The Navigator is the latest development to come from the airport’s partnership with TRG Concessions, who took over the existing airport operated outlets and their teams back in June as part of a £5m deal to develop the food and beverage offer at London Southend over the next 10 years. Already opening and operating well are Giraffe Stop and Costa with plans to introduce more nationally recognised food and drink brands over the coming years.
Together, the new outlets have led to the creation of around 40 new jobs, including 38-year old Steve Cannon from Southend as the General Manager of The Navigator. Steve has brought with him to The Navigator eight key team members from his years working in hospitality in Southend. He says "I am absolutely delighted to join the team at London Southend Airport, it's expanding all the time and is a huge success story so I really wanted to be part of that journey. A holiday, mini break or business travel starts the minute a person arrives in the airport and so it’s my goal to ensure that anyone passing through London Southend will only take away good memories of their experience with us."
Glyn Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Stobart Aviation, owners of London Southend Airport said "We are consistently voted Best Airport in London and our mission is to deliver a great experience for our guests. We know from customer feedback that improving our food and beverage offer is the main way we can make their experience even better, so the opening of The Navigator is another step along our road continuing to deliver as London’s favourite airport."
He added “We’re also delighted to be working with the Leigh-on-Sea Brewery as we strongly support embracing local as part of our commercial offering, something research shows our passengers want - a blend of the big, well-known brands as well as independents for that unique airport experience.”
For more information, please visit www.southendairport.com