Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby Minigill on Sat 06 Jan 2018, 6:17 pm

After spending all afternoon searching for accommodation, its now time to book the tickets !

Doing a 2 day, one planned for static and wandering, other sat down in an enclosure all day ! Its our first visit to RIAT and after the cost of two days, enclosure & accommodation, prob the last one :)

Not much price difference between Pimms & Cotswold, is there anything that sets the two apart to consider ? Won't be taking pics as I am rubbish with long zooms and sold the bigger lenses ! So for a change, will sit back and enjoy the flying without starting into a viewfinder looking for a plane and then getting it out of focus ! :lol:

Are the director type chairs comfy ? Probably leaning towards Cotswold, but thought I would ask incase one is a better choice so to speak.

Thankyou :)
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby Wrexham Mackem on Sat 06 Jan 2018, 6:40 pm

Neither are particularly aimed at the enthusiast - more about comfort in your day out - and if the show ground layout is the same as previous years they're located up at the runway end in the red zone. You'll get a decent - but nowhere near the best - view, although you're close to landings if they're using that end.

The Viewing Village is much more central, and the garden section is comfortable and laid back. You won't be pampered quite as much as the Cotswold or Pimms though.

Previously, Pimms has been the closest to crowd line end.

I'm sure you'll have a great time wherever you go, its not that far to display centre.
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby Minigill on Sat 06 Jan 2018, 6:55 pm

Thanks for the info ! Hadn't thought about VV Garden seat area.... adds this to the consideration list :smile:
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby FullCarrot on Wed 10 Jan 2018, 5:10 pm

I tried the Pimms Flight Deck for the first time last year (my first ever enclosure), I found it to be very good indeed, the food provided was to a very good standard and the portions were enough to give me a full plate of food. Plenty of seating for everyone and nobody was shoving for space.
Own toilets for the enclosure so no queuing for a ridiculous amount of time to answer a call of nature.

Photography wise I actually thought it was brilliant, safe to say that I got some of the best photos i've ever taken at an airshow last year (must put them up on here at some point!) and having the little photog section to the right of the enclosure was great, unfortunately it was my first year using the Nikon 200-500mm and the poor chap next to me caught a couple of knocks to the bonce (if that was you I am deeply sorry sir!).

Good enough for me to have bought another ticket for the Pimms enclosure for this year.
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby Minigill on Wed 10 Jan 2018, 6:41 pm

Thanks for the info... you can ignore my PM FullCarrot, sorry, I didn't see your reply first !! Doh ! Might see you there !
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby Brevet Cable on Tue 23 Jan 2018, 5:42 pm

Bit of a thread hijack, but it is related....

Cotswold Enclosure -- Some time ago I asked what the score was with regards the tea & coffee, and the info was that it's essentially help yourself to as many cups as you want.

I notice now with regards to the food, they've now added "Breakfast Rolls available to buy in the morning".
My question, though, concerns the "relaxed Cotswold Lunch" -- is that fixed portions & one serving only, or is it a case of help yourself for however long it's being served ?
( And no, it's not because I'm a greedy so-and-so :lol: )
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby Brevet Cable on Sun 18 Mar 2018, 5:04 pm

A bit of a thread resurrection....
The catering menus for the various enclosures have now been published.
I was looking at doing the Cotswold Enclosure on the Friday this year, but having seen the menu :
Persian spiced chicken with pomegranate & saffron
Shawarma style BBQ lamb shoulder with Lebanese spices
BBQ cauliflower steaks with chilli, caper & cumin sauce (V)

To be served with:

Roast new potatoes with sea salt, rosemary & thyme (V)
Cucumber, olive, orange & cress deli salad (V)
Carrot, courgette & quinoa herb tabbouleh. Za'Tar dressing (V)
Sweetcorn and green leaf cob salad (V)
Sliced olive ciabatta bread (V)

I think I'll give it a miss.
Shame they've gone all arty-farty, I can see others being put off by it.

As for Pimm's :
Picnic Meat Options:

Gloucester Ham with Rosemary & Wild Flower Honey
Royal Coronation Chicken Salad with a Masala, Mint & Greek Yogurt Dressing. Dates & Almonds
Mini Steak Pies
Mini Pork Pies
Quiche Lorraine Slices
Pinwheel Tortilla Wraps - two fillings of Chicken, Red Pepper & Rocket with Chermoula Sauce or Poached Salmon, Lemon Cream Cheese & Cress

Vegetarian Options:

Mini Leek & Cheddar Quiche (V)
Chickpea, Red Pepper & Spinach Puff Pastry Rolls (V)
Pinwheel Flatbreads with Feta, Sundried Tomato, Rocket & Fresh Pesto (V)

Salad Options:

Carrot, Courgette & Quinoa Herb Tabouleh
Spinach & Red Cabbage Deli Slaw
Potato Salad with Chervil, Chives, Capers & Dijon Creme Fraiche
Classic Caesar Salad with Olive Oil Croutes and Fresh Grated Parmesan
Greens & Seeds - Green Leaf Salad with Sprouted Seeds & Green Goddess Dressing
A selection of Ciabatta and Deli breads with Butter

Sides:

Pickled Onions, Cornichons & Marinated Olives
Lemon Aioli, Horseradish Sauce and Wiltshire Mustards
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby aviodromefriend on Sun 18 Mar 2018, 5:55 pm

Persian spiced chicken with pomegranate & saffron
Shawarma style BBQ lamb shoulder with Lebanese spices
BBQ cauliflower steaks with chilli, caper & cumin sauce (V)

To be served with:

Roast new potatoes with sea salt, rosemary & thyme (V)
Cucumber, olive, orange & cress deli salad (V)
Carrot, courgette & quinoa herb tabbouleh. Za'Tar dressing (V)
Sweetcorn and green leaf cob salad (V)
Sliced olive ciabatta bread (V)
I thought the Cotswold club was to celebrate the things coming from the Cotswolds, but... Persian spiced, Lebanese spices, Shawarma style, olive, Za'Tar dressing, ciabatta bread. Seems to be not the case. Anyway, I'll probably bring my own food or buy something from the food vendors in the service stations if I feel my stomach prefers that over missing a meal on the day.
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby Brevet Cable on Sun 18 Mar 2018, 6:38 pm

You seem to be stuffed ( :whistle: ) if you don't like - or can't eat - spicy food.
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby verreli on Sun 18 Mar 2018, 7:22 pm

Begs the question... What's wrong with traditional British food? Quite ironic given the RAF100 theme this year that they serve foreign food. Another example of British cultural erosion.
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby Wrexham Mackem on Sun 18 Mar 2018, 8:28 pm

Roast ham, Coronation Chicken, Steak Pie, Pork Pie, pickled onion, horseradish and mustard... what could be more traditionally British than that?

Supplemented with some interesting new stuff, because that's what us brits have always done, looked for exciting flavours from around the world to spice up our menus.

Sounds yummy to me, shame such cuisine isn't laid on in FRIAT, amongst our bacon butties and baguettes :drool: :lol:
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby verreli on Sun 18 Mar 2018, 9:05 pm

Afternoon tea and cakes?... although fair enough. You pay your money and take your choice. I've always been partial to a spud thanks to Walter.
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby Brevet Cable on Sun 18 Mar 2018, 10:06 pm

Wrexham Mackem wrote:Roast ham, Coronation Chicken, Steak Pie, Pork Pie, pickled onion, horseradish and mustard... what could be more traditionally British than that?

Except that's the Pimm's Enclosure, not the Cotswold one.
If the 'CE' was offering stuff like that I'd be happy.
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby pbeardmore on Mon 19 Mar 2018, 12:05 pm

"pomegranate & saffron"

Give me strength - cut and paste into the angry thread - sums up so much about where we are today. Desperate to be "cutting edge", "on trend", "ahead of the curve" and new when, as pointed out, we have a wonderful heritage of food and drink here in the UK. Utterly vacuous and pretencious at the same time.

After getting up at god knows when, queing, getting through security, doing static etc etc, "Boy, I'm hungry, tell you what, I could just do with some pomegranate and saffron chicken with quinoa herb tabbouleh." Talk about knowing your market!

Who comes up with this tosh?
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby st24 on Mon 19 Mar 2018, 3:19 pm

Hear hear! I say get rid of the International out of RIAT...!
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby Tommy on Mon 19 Mar 2018, 3:19 pm

Sometimes, I'm almost ashamed to have association with this place. "British cultural erosion" indeed... Or am I missing a bit of satire. I can't tell anymore.

(though, to be fair, in general terms the hamming up *ahem* of otherwise quite ordinary food is an bit of an irk of mine)
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby Chrisse on Mon 19 Mar 2018, 3:36 pm

st24 wrote:Hear hear! I say get rid of the International out of RIAT...!


I smell a rat. :wat:
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby st24 on Mon 19 Mar 2018, 3:55 pm

Chrisse wrote:
st24 wrote:Hear hear! I say get rid of the International out of RIAT...!


I smell a rat. :wat:

:grin: In the ratatouille I suspect?!....
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby Brevet Cable on Mon 19 Mar 2018, 3:58 pm

If they had any sense they'd go for a German or Belgian theme...
Wurst,schnitzel, frites, mayo, ketchup, curry sauce - food of the Gods. :drool: :biggrin:
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby Wissam24 on Mon 19 Mar 2018, 4:37 pm

Hahahahahahahaha these reactions. Amazing.
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby pbeardmore on Mon 19 Mar 2018, 4:41 pm

Our environment is similar to Germany and so many times we have had cold/wet RIATs,

the German menu looks good to me. People want honest, wholesome that is tasty and filling. Last time I went with the Cotswold option, I'm sure it was decent pork sausages on the menu with not a pomegranate in site. Sometimes, people think they need to change things just for the sake of it or to justify their roles.

Sausage and mash or fish and chips etc etc , if it aint broke, don't fix it.
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby Brevet Cable on Mon 19 Mar 2018, 5:00 pm

Wissam24 wrote:Hahahahahahahaha these reactions. Amazing.

The thing about the CE & PE is that you're paying for the food whether you eat it or not.
Can't really fault what the PE is offering, but the CE appear to be aiming more at those who would go to the corporate-type enclosures rather than normal airshow-goers.
It's the sort of fare you'd have if you're going out for a meal or spending a few hours at an event, but as pbeardmore posted, it's not really what you want if you're spending 10-12 hours at a show where you'd spend about 4 hours of that wandering around.
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby verreli on Mon 19 Mar 2018, 5:26 pm

Or alternatively you could have an American enclosure and have an open BBQ ala Mildenhall air fete (imported burgers from the USA, not from the UK)... or possibly an international enclosure and serve a variety of international cuisine. I wonder if the people who paid good money for the product knew what they were getting or, when they realise, will be a bit disappointed?
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby Wissam24 on Mon 19 Mar 2018, 6:23 pm

verreli wrote:Or alternatively you could have an American enclosure and have an open BBQ ala Mildenhall air fete (imported burgers from the USA, not from the UK)... or possibly an international enclosure and serve a variety of international cuisine. I wonder if the people who paid good money for the product knew what they were getting or, when they realise, will be a bit disappointed?


I would be very surprised if any are outraged by the absence of an exclusive British food menu, and anyone going expecting such would be a bit foolish given that pretty much any menu anywhere has a variety.
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Re: Pimms or Cotswold enclosure

Postby verreli on Mon 19 Mar 2018, 6:33 pm

Wissam24 wrote:
verreli wrote:Or alternatively you could have an American enclosure and have an open BBQ ala Mildenhall air fete (imported burgers from the USA, not from the UK)... or possibly an international enclosure and serve a variety of international cuisine. I wonder if the people who paid good money for the product knew what they were getting or, when they realise, will be a bit disappointed?


I would be very surprised if any are outraged by the absence of an exclusive British food menu, and anyone going expecting such would be a bit foolish given that pretty much any menu anywhere has a variety.


Perhaps Brevet, as the only one who has paid good money in this thread for CE, could comment? Is he delighted or perhaps meh...?
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