It's like dining without wings (except with wings)

A close second to the tequila verdita wings from Bunny Jackson’s, the next best wings in Manchester belong to a retired super plane with a famous crooked nose, and this year you can devour a Christmas dins underneath them. 

On Sunday 5 December, the team over at Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park are inviting guests to wine and dine under the wings of Concorde, this lovechild between Come Fly With Me and Come Dine with Me featuring festive food, fizz, and a fancy tour of the wonky faced aircraft.  

Concorde Nose Droop 1
See the iconic nose droop whilst enjoying a festive scoop Image: Manchester Airport

What's on the Concorde Crimbo menu? 

Served up buffet style, the Xmas dinner consists of turkey and all the trimmings (including, controversially, creamed sprouts) and guests will be welcomed with a complimentary choice of prosecco, beer, or a soft drink. Dessert then entails a traditional figgy pud with brandy sauce and sugared apricots, and a vegan option is available in the form of a roasted butternut steak with varied veggie sides. 

Just like a flight to Magaluf with the lads, the in-flight drinks are also a-flowing as a bar filled with bevs and booze alternatives will run throughout the afternoon. 

If you’re not already sold by maple pigs in blankets under a plane, the event features live entertainment from The Sensational Soprano Gemma Ashley, The Voices Choir from Wilmslow High School and the Sale Salvation Army – think Westlife’s Flying Without Wings video, but with less hair gel. 

The Concorde Conference Centre At Christmas
Concorde just got Christmassy Image: Manchester Airport

Although a trip into the cockpit is sadly off the cards, guests are invited to take a tour of Concorde in its Northern home whilst witnessing the lowering of its nose and toasting their champers to iconic engineering. 

I'm dreaming of a flight Christmas

As last Christmas at the airport was a far cry from the closing titles of Love Actually, Runway Visitor Park manager Robert Hassard assures us that “after a difficult couple of years for the airport and our neighbouring communities, we are delighted to be able to bring people together once more to celebrate the festive season”. 

Christmas Dinner Under Concorde
The next best thing to take to the sky after Santa's sleigh Image: Manchester Airport

Promising to get guests “well and truly into the festive spirit”, a roast potato in the airport and some wine under the wings sounds a lot more glam than dinner at the dining table with a paper crown.

If you fancy a festive feast with a bit of extra flight, bookings can be made in person at the Visitor Park’s reception. Alternatively, guests can reserve their seats by calling 0161 489 3932 or visiting The Runway Visitor Park website. Doors open at 12 noon on 5 December with the event running until 4pm and tickets come in at £50pp (free for children under the age of two).

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