Food and drink travel operator SSP Group has opened the new Quaystone Bar and Kitchen restaurant in Newcastle Airport in the UK.

Located in the departure lounge, the new restaurant features a range of locally-sourced menu items including pizzas, pasta and sharing platters. It replaced the former Flying Hippo in the airport.

The restaurant and bar chain also introduced Chicken Parmo served with Newcastle Brown Ale battered chips at the restaurant.

Customers can also order a range of beverages including alcohol supplied by Cumbria-based Lakes Distillery to pair with the food items.

The drinks offered will be enhanced using various products offered by UK-based Popaball such as Rose Gold Shimmer.

“I am proud that we have been able to offer something different to our passengers with Quaystone Bar and Kitchen.”

Newcastle Airport commercial head Dean Ward said: “Now, customers will have a much wider variety to choose from – thanks to the addition of pizzas, pastas, sharers and of course, the North East-inspired dishes. For local passengers, the Quaystone Bar and Kitchen will give them a last taste of home before they jet off on their travels.

“For overseas tourists leaving Newcastle, this will be one last chance to sample some of the region’s finest produce and favourite dishes before they depart.”

SSP UK and Ireland CEO Simon Smith said: “We’re extremely pleased to be serving passengers more of the authentic flavours of the North East at Newcastle Airport.”

Menu items offered at Quaystone Bar are made using regional produce such as cheese from the Northumberland cheese and meat from Manners Butchers.

In addition, fast-food chain Burger King at the departure lounge has recently added self-serve kiosks to minimise waiting times.

Earlier this month, SSP Group received a €203m contract to open even food and beverage outlets at Alicante-Elche Airport in Spain.