de Havilland Aircraft Museum expands its cafe

PUBLISHED: 16:41 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:33 02 March 2017

Aeroshop and Caf� manager Jonathan Fulwell, right, and museum retail director Jeff Hill [Picture: de Havilland Aircraft Museum]

Aeroshop and Caf� manager Jonathan Fulwell, right, and museum retail director Jeff Hill [Picture: de Havilland Aircraft Museum]

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Visitors are promised an even more enjoyable and interesting experience when they pop along to the country’s oldest aircraft museum in Hertfordshire.

When the de Havilland Aircraft Museum at Salisbury Hall, London Colney, reopens on Sunday, March 5, visitors will be able to enjoy a larger café where for the first time a range of hot light-bites will be available.

“We want our visitors to really enjoy their time at the museum,” said museum retail director Jeff Hill.

“Over the winter we have carried out an extensive renovation of our entrance foyer and café to provide a larger seating area in the Aeroshop alongside our display of de Havilland piston, jet and rocket engines.”

Both hot and cold refreshments will be supplied by local companies.

Museum’s mission

The de Havilland Aircraft Museum’s mission is to preserve and communicate the de Havilland heritage, to ensure that current and future generations of all ages will understand de Havilland’s contribution to innovative British aviation technology.

The museum’s volunteers are dedicated to restoring de Havilland aircraft and artefacts.

The Salisbury Hall site’s New Hangar will provide additional facilities that will enable more of the museum’s aircraft to be under cover, and ensure that the restoration process can continue in all weathers, as well as providing visitors with the opportunity to enjoy practical and informative learning opportunities.

These will include paninis, sandwiches, sweet pastries and cakes, plus hot and cold drinks, confectionery and ice cream.

The Aeroshop will also have on display an expanded range of limited edition aviation prints, model kits from more than a dozen companies, diecast models, branded mugs and clothing, aviation books, child-oriented educational items, and a popular library of pre-owned books.

The revamp of the Aeroshop has been carried out during the winter closure by a team led by Alan Bradstock, alongside training sessions organised for other volunteers who will be staffing the Aeroshop and Café with its manager Jonathan Fulwell.

“Trip Advisor has just awarded the museum its Certificate of Excellence for Hospitality,” said Mr Fulwell.

“This year we will be open six days a week from the start of the school’s Easter holiday to the end of the summer holiday in September, so we want to give our visitors the kind of experience they will remember and talk about.”

For those travelling by car, the museum – home of the Mosquito Aircraft Museum – is on the B556 off Junction 22 of the M25.

• For more information visit www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk

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