London/ Gatwick Airport will showcase local wines, beers and other produce in two new F&B spaces opening this spring.

Vagabond Bar & Kitchen and South Downs Sparkling Wine Bar will offer the best wines, beers and produce from across the region, alongside global options, the airport said.

Award-winning urban winery Vagabond will open its second airport outlet and largest single site at Gatwick’s South Terminal in May. South Downs – its sister bar – is a brand-new concept exclusive to Gatwick, and will open a few weeks later.

Vagabond will provide passengers with a choice of more than 80 wines from around the world, via its bespoke self-serve dispensing machines – a fun and easy way for passengers to discover new wines and sample before committing to a glass or bottle, according to Gatwick. Local vineyards, including Digby in Arundel, Tillingham in Rye, and Kingscote – based less than 10 miles from Gatwick – will be represented, enabling passengers to try some of the best wines Sussex and Kent has to offer, alongside options from France, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and beyond.

Vagabond will also feature a self-pour craft ‘beer wall’, providing a similar discovery experience, as well as an extensive food menu, catering for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a family-friendly environment.

South Downs – a premium sparkling wine bar in the heart of the South Terminal departure lounge – is a unique offering for Gatwick passengers, celebrating English sparkling wine. It will also offer a cocktail menu developed by Max Venning, owner of the award-winning Three Sheets cocktail bar. The new wine bar will also serve a range of meals and snacks, with the menu inspired by the great wine-producing regions across the world, but featuring many locally-sourced ingredients.

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