Vintage aviation themed cafe with high-flying cocktails and food to open

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Oct 2017

High-fliers will be able to travel the world from the comfort of their cocktail glass, when an aviation-themed vintage cafe bar opens.

Former air hostess Lucie Mountain has travelled around the globe and has a world of ideas for her new cafe bar.

Customers at The Cockpit Cafe will be able to order drinks from a trolley, from exciting international destinations such as Paris and New York.

The 1950s-style cafe bar will open next month at former restaurant premises in Wednesday Market, Beverley, previously occupied by The Beehive.

The Cockpit Cafe will open at former restaurant premises in Beverley's Wednesday Market (Image: Jerome Ellerby)

Lucie, who has a Crêpe Lucette food stall business visiting major festivals like Glastonbury, is keen to see her aviation-themed venture take off.

She says: “I used to be an air hostess for Eastern Airways, based at Humberside Airport, and then went travelling before landing a marketing job at the airline.

“Aviation gets under your skin, there’s something quite addictive about it so I came up with the idea of The Cockpit Cafe.

“The idea is to create a nice cafe bar that’s a bit of a quirky destination for people to escape to.

“It will be vintage-style, serving drinks and cocktails from a trolley.

Cocktails from around the world will be served at The Cockpit Cafe

“It will be something a little different to what’s out there, with cocktails from around the world with luggage tags for destinations.

“We will also have a lot of local produce in terms of beer and cask ales.”

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Food will include international and domestic sharing platters.

Lucie, 36, says: “There’s lots of restaurants in Beverley where people can eat and drink but not many nice cafe bars.”

She also aims to keep the Crêpe Lucette food stall business going.

Lucie says: “Crêpe Lucette is 1940s vintage style street food, I really like the whole escapism look and feel.

“The street food business is great but last year I decided I wanted to go for permanent premises for a cafe bar.

“Crêpes are a bit niche so I went for the aviation-themed cafe bar idea, travelling the world from the comfort of your cocktail glass.”

Lucie is now recruiting a crew of 20 staff for The Cockpit Cafe, including a mixologist and bar staff.

Lucie's mum, Jayne Wilkinson, is also coming on board after deciding to leave her job as cabin services supervisor for Eastern Airways, based at Humberside Airport.

The Cockpit Cafe is coming to Beverley

Lucie says: “My mum is taking the brave step to quit her current role and come work alongside me to be me right hand woman at the Cockpit Cafe.

“Mum has a wealth of knowledge of airlines and travel as she has worked as cabin crew for many years for different airlines and she was a travel agent for many years.”

Lucie’s partner, Gavin Duffy, who is an architectural technologist at a consultancy in Grimsby, has also helped with design ideas.

Lucie, who is currently based in Market Rasen, says: “I want to make The Cockpit Cafe an opulant, luxurious place, without London prices.”

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