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Village Inn, Gatwick Airport

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user reviews of Village Inn, Gatwick Airport

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Polite and swift service, good selection of ales but not as many as the flying Horse on the tarmac side.

Sometimes the tables can take a while to be cleaned and you may have to move old plates and glasses before settling down.

Good for a pint or 2 while your flight is being prepared.

lezford - 17 Apr 2013 13:50
Just had a lovely brekkie in here.
Busy as you would expect from airport spoons.
Couldnt face a guinness this early,but plenty drinking this time of day.
Service good,nice hot staff.
rainbowian - 20 Jul 2012 08:24
Pretty much what you would expect from an airport Wetherspoons - decent beer and (relatively) reasonable prices, but no character... However, they do usually stock an ale from the local W J King Brewery (currently £2.75), and the bar staff seem more clued-up and friendly than one might expect. It should also be noted that this pub 'moved' in 2007 from its original site a short distance away in Gatwick's land-side 'shopping village'.
rpadam - 3 Feb 2010 21:33
Wasnt expecting anything overly exciting from an airport spoons other than pedigree and abbot but i had a really nice local pint of W J King's "red river ale" yum 6/10
fat_beer_badger - 25 Nov 2008 21:40
The VI has had a make-over quite recently, now pretty well unrecognisabe from the old boozer. Now a different layout and far more modern interior - all high, square wooden tables, blocks of bold colours on the wall, etc. Looks pleasant and welcoming enough, if slightly too bright.

In any Airport pub you will probably never escape the sense that you are only one step away from the Departure Lounge, it's unavoidable with the transient nature of the clientele. However, I think that this is still probably the best option in this part of Gatwick. Everyone knows the Wetherspoons formula, and the VI sticks to it. I found the service very friendly and attentative, they seem to cope remarkably well (and keep good humour) with the huge turnover of customers, most of whom were in seriously bad moods over their delayed flights.....

There were six real Ales on, and my pint of Courage Directors was very fresh. All in all a decent enough place to while away and hour or twenty as you wait for your flight or missing baggage.


pccmp17 - 1 Jun 2008 11:04
This is quite a nice looking Wetherspoons outlet on the land side of Gatwick’s south terminal. Staff were friendly and polite on a recent visit and it’s a good place to while away the time that the airport authorities deem you have to waste before a flight. From the check in desk area you can find it by going up the escalators to the next level.


Millay - 16 Nov 2007 20:55
Yes - a plain airport bar, but the Bombardier was almost perfect and at only £2.19 a pint I'm not complaining.
sussexred - 30 May 2007 14:32
Just what you would expect from an airport Wetherspoons - decent beer and (relatively) reasonable prices, but no character...
rpadam - 21 Mar 2007 23:16
Comfortable Wetherspoon's which whilst cheaper than most other airport bars is still a lot steeper than the average high street outlet of this particular chain.
Barstaff were quick and friendly (and in the case of one East European barmaid perhaps a little too interested in exactly why I was going to Amsterdam)and the beers that they actually had on during my visit were all served well.
Better than the alternatives but no great shakes all in all.
Mr.Monkfish - 5 Mar 2007 14:15
visited last friday evening and was busy but i got served quick by a friendly english bar person , only had a fosters as wasnt in the mood for anything heavy , cant fault the staff or the beer , probably the best weatherspoons ive been to for a while , quick good service , good beer well impressed , only complaint was one of the managers (?) chatting up a female member of staff and falling arse over tit over my case in the process , did i say complaint yes i did cause he knocked my pint flying funny though lol
romfordir - 10 Oct 2006 14:35
Going on holiday? Skip this place & wait till you arrive at you're final destination.
Note travellers to the Middle East, Scandinavia & Utah should ignore this advice and get tanked up at this JWD offering.
Notasaffa - 11 Mar 2006 17:09
Rip-off prices (like all airport bars).
Last time I visited (end of Jan 05) there was no real ale.
BinBagBob - 27 Feb 2005 10:24

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