If you are looking for a unique dining experience along with delicious food, airports and commercial flights probably aren’t at the top of the list, but the DC-6 Diner could be an exception to that rule. Opened in early 2011, the DC-6 Diner is located inside a 1950s DC-6 aircraft that was featured in James Bond’s Casino Royale and then transformed into a 40-seater restaurant at the Coventry Airport:
Naturally a unique venue requires equally unique menu names with the grilled menu options being named after various aircraft (e.g. the Spitfire hanger steak, Dam Buster 16oz T bone steak, Concorde 8oz aged fillet steak etc.) while American burgers are named after American celebrities (e.g. the “Monroe some like it hot” chargrilled burger with chill; “Straight shootin’ John Wayne” chargrilled burger with tomato, red onion, lettuce and pickle; the “James Dean Rebel Without a Cause” butterfly chicken with tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise etc.). There is also a “little aviators” or kids menu and a takeout menu.
It should also be mentioned that during the daytime, the DC-6 Diner’s website says it’s the perfect place for lunch, private business meetings, corporate hospitality or a simply tea and coffee while during the evening, the place becomes a more “intimate” restaurant.
Otherwise and the unique venue aside, what’s going to matter the most is whether or not the food and/or the service flies high or crash lands for you with John Lanchester, a Guardian restaurant critic, completely trashing the restaurant in an October 2011 review while most of the reviewers on TripAdvisor have rated the place as either “very good” or “excellent” albeit there are a number of not so good reviews as well (because everyone is a restaurant critic these days…).
With that in mind, we would like to ask any of our readers: Have you ever stopped at the DC-6 Diner at the Coventry Airport for some food or drink? If so, tell us what you thought of the food and the service in the comments section.