Local Eateries for Visitors By Air

For visitors by air - for whom food is a key element of any days flying - here is some local information for visiting pilots and passengers alike. Bon appetite!

 

Most visitors park their aircraft at the Control Tower and as of 1st July 2015 can take a 200 metre walk to the seafront. The views and activities of the Solent and Isle of Wight are forever changing and interesting.

From that seafront access, across the road and to the left is the first eatery to hand is the Snack Shack, serving simple snacks such as hotdogs and cake, coffee and tea to those strolling along the lower seafront. Outside eating only, but you are under short final and can watch the arrivals / departures close up (and critique your fellow flyer's approaches and centreline tracking on departure!)

For more food options head west to Hill Head, or east into Lee-on-the-Solent.

Heading West:

- the nearest pub food is 400m along the main road into Stubbington (west side of the airfield) at  http://www.thegoldenbowler.co.uk/

- for those who fancy more of a stroll before lunch check out http://www.thecrofton.co.uk/    http://osborneviewhillhead.co.uk/   http://www.breezeshillhead.co.uk/

Titchfield Haven is a 30 minute stroll away with decent tearoom, garden and more Solent views. http://www3.hants.gov.uk/countryside/titchfield.htm "A nationally renowned nature reserve, celebrated as a winter refuge for ducks, geese and wading birds, and summer breeding ground for the rare Avocet. Our hides provide spectacular views of the wildlife and a network of paths and boardwalks take you through a rare, unspoilt landscape."

Heading East along the seafront into Lee-on-Solent:

Waterfront Brasserie

The Waterfront Brasserie

25 minute walk from Main Gate http://www.waterfront-brasserie.co.uk/
Right on the water front. Having arrived at Seafront, along Broom Way, from the airfield, head west along the parade for a couple of minutes. Have not tried it myself but hear it is very good. Childrens play area nearby. FAA Memorial, dedicated to the 1,400 Fleet Air Arm personnel of World War Two who have no known graves, is nearby. http://www.fleetairarmarchive.net/daedalus/Memorial.html

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Hovercraft Museum

TwogGiant Cross-Channel hovercraft arestored at the Hovercraft Museum (public access days limited to 6 days per year by the landlord but if you want a private tour contract LFA Lee Flying Association for details.

 

The High Street, Lee-on-Solent 15-20 minute walk east from the Seafront Gate
The quiet seaside town retains a traditional High Street, with a varied selection of independent shops and restaurants - British, Italian (Sapori's), Indian, Chinese. Bookshop, Gadget Shop, Bakery, "Made by Me" Pottery Painting for the Kids.

The Tea Room - Milville Road - at the west end of the High Street
Spoil yourself or other half with Very Nice Sandwiches and/or CAKES try The Tea Room
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant ... gland.html
Nearby on Milville Road : The White Dog Gallery. Finishing Touches.

The Seafront, Lee-on-Solent 20 minute walk from Main Gate, south
The long-standing Bluebird Cafe remains a popular seafront attraction and is home to the 'large mixed 99' ice-cream and 'mega breakfast'

 

For Visitors who have parked up on the East Side of the aerodrome, visiting one of the airfield tenants, the CEMAST engineering college or Innovation Centre there, the nearest options for food are:

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The Wyvern

http://wyvernleeonsolent.co.uk/
Aviation Themed pub (you do know what a Wyvern looks like eh?)
Five minute walk from the east , can sit outside with view to airfield.

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The Bun Penny

http://www.bunpenny.co.uk/   Picturesque traditional building, family run. Pub food, and restaurant sittings. Dog friendly!
10-15 minute walk from east Gate, south along Broom Way towards seafront.

 

A couple more places a taxi or bike ride away include:

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The Diving Museum

http://www.divingmuseum.co.uk/
"It is not yet popularly known, but Gosport is the home of the global diving industry...". Nearby cafe and beach. Dog-walking on the Browndown camp (except when Royal Marines on beach assualt exercises!)

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Pebbles Fish and Wine Bar

http://www.pebblesfishandwinebar.co.uk/
Very good apparently. Can take a walk east along to Gilkicker Point for interesting perspective on the Solent scene.

 

For the very many "Mainline" attractions like HMS Victory, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Shopping for SWMBO at Portsmouth Gunwharf Quays, Military Museums, Gosport-Portsmouth harbour ferry, and much more Google and TripAdvisor are your friend.

Lots to do and see - and all accessible via Daedalus Aerodrome - we hope you will come and find some new favourite places!