6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Hampshire Life today click here

Aviator, Farnborough – Restaurant Review

PUBLISHED: 11:38 28 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:13 20 February 2013

Aviator, Farnborough – Restaurant Review

Aviator, Farnborough – Restaurant Review

Editor Elizabeth Barnett samples this month's latest A la Carte menu from the Food and Drink Awards nominated 'Chef of the year', Andrew Donovan...

Aviator, Farnborough Restaurant Review

Editor Elizabeth Barnett samples this months latest A la Carte menu from the Food and Drink Awards nominated Chef of the year, Andrew Donovan...

The last time I visited the Aviator was when I had just become Editor of Hampshire Life and I was treated to a very warm welcome followed by a beautiful meal in the most perfect setting, overlooking the runway of Farnborough airport. Heading back there this month I must admit I was slightly nervous that my high expectations would lead me to feel disappointed as a humble diner, but as soon as my partner Jon and I were welcomed by reception and shown to our seats, I realised that this was the sort of service everyone was treated to, guest of the hotel or not.

The A la Carte menu was flooded with local and seasonal produce, with many dishes sporting the L symbol to highlight their support for local farming; and when our starters of Jasmin Tea smoked salmon with pickled cucumber and dill mayonnaise and Tiger Prawns with papaya, chilli and coriander salsa arrived, one taste told me that this was no fluke. The flavours were complementary without being over bearing, allowing the quality of the fish and seafood to speak for itself. For our mains, we went for the 10oz Hampshire Ribeye Steak with fat chips, portabello mushrooms, cherry vine tomatoes and triple mustard watercress and the Crispy Pork Belly with braised cheek and champ and caramelised apple sauce, both of which were cooked perfectly. Portion sizes were very generous and the service throughout the meal was second to none. Dessert proved too much for Jon but I went for the Chocolate Pav with honeycomb and roasted nut which was amazingly good. There were some great deals on the dessert menu such as the cheese board and Taylors port for 12 or a dessert and dessert wine for 10. Before the long drive back to Southampton, we headed up to the bar where there was a wide variety of original cocktails and after dinner drinks. Sadly coffee and tea was on the menu for us, but if you have the luxury of a room, then it is a great space to unwind after a long day.



More from Food & Drink

Friday, March 24, 2017

Whether you’re looking for fine dining, pub food, a romantic meal for 2 or a taste of something from further afield, eating out in Hampshire really has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

Read more
Friday, March 10, 2017

Join Chewton Glen for lunch in The Dining Room and enjoy a three-course lunch menu for just £26.50.

Read more
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Celebrate English Tourism Week with a special dinner menu in The Dining Room at Chewton Glen.

Read more
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Now that ‘dry January’ is over and New Year’s resolutions have been banished to the back of the drinks cabinet, it’s time to get re-acquainted with some of Hampshire’s best gin makers and shakers, says Natalie French

Read more
Thursday, February 23, 2017

All you can eat rodizio dining is like nothing you’ve had before!

Read more
Friday, February 17, 2017

Treat yourself to lunch and tea with a visit to one of these fantastic Hampshire tea rooms.

Read more
Friday, February 3, 2017

The Terrace Restaurant is one of the finest restaurants in the New Forest...

Read more
Monday, January 30, 2017

Winchester Cocktail Week is back to whet the whistle, with quizzes, masterclasses and some fabulous concoctions

Read more
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

As the temperatures plummet and winter nights darken the mood, Winchester Cocktail Week offers an ideal distraction. Now in its second year, the event offers classes, workshops and a chance to try some of the fantastic creations on offer

Read more
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Get a kick out of the New Year with delicious blow-torched mackerel with apple and wasabi remoulade

Read more
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hampshire excels as a wine growing region, yet finding the right recipe for success can be a tricky business. Viv Micklefield heads to the Meon Valley’s Wickham Vineyard where it’s time to raise a glass to its future

Read more
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Save up to 40% on a stunning tasting menu at this award-winning restaurant.

Read more
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas lunch is the most eagerly anticipated meal of the year and whether you’re catering for the whole family or it’s a more intimate affair

Read more
Friday, December 9, 2016

This gin-cured venison carpaccio with pickled mushrooms is sure to get the party started

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad
Hampshire Life Application Link

Local Business Directory

Hampshire's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area

Property Search

Search For a Car In Your Area