SSP officially opens new Beer House and Ritazza at Cardiff Airport

SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has opened two new outlets at Cardiff Airport following the agreement of a new five-year deal.

The Beer House, one of the company’s most successful premium pub concepts, made its first appearance in London in 2011, and today there are eight Beer House bars at airports and rail stations across the UK. Each Beer House shines a spotlight on the foods of the region it serves, and the new bar and restaurant at Cardiff Airport is no exception. The menu features a number of locally sourced ingredients including Welsh beef burger as well as favourite dishes for which the region is renowned such as Welsh Rarebit. The menu is complemented by an excellent selection of local craft ales from Welsh breweries, including Tiny Rebel and Brains. Decorated in true patriotic-style and with walls adorned with images of iconic landmarks of Cardiff and Wales, the bar highlights the very best of the city the airport serves. A zoned approach provides a comfortable environment for all – whether it’s friends or families heading on holiday, or business people flying from Wales’ national airport.

Ritazza is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the departure lounge – a haven for those seeking a place to relax and revive, enjoy great coffee, and perhaps a light bite to eat. The brand is inspired by cosmopolitan and multicultural European café culture, where coffee is less of a caffeine hit and more of an opportunity to regenerate.

Commenting on the new opening Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK, said the new outlets will help Cardiff Airport achieve its aspirations to offer an even higher quality experience to its passengers. “Beer House and Ritazza are great brands that have real resonance with the travelling consumer. We have been working with the team here at Cardiff Airport since 2002, and we are delighted to be building on this long and successful relationship.”

Debra Barber, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Cardiff Airport, added: “We’ve been making significant improvements to the overall customer experience for some time now, and the addition of these new facilities really complements the terminal’s offering.

“Cardiff Airport is in an exciting phase in its development with consistent passenger growth, so it’s essential to provide facilities that meet the needs of our leisure and business customer base. I’m sure passengers will like the food and drinks now on offer and will enjoy sampling some iconic Welsh products at Wales’ national airport.”