Beer Glasses on the pub counter at The Lion and Antelope in Manchester Airport.
Manchester Airport / J.W. Lees Brewery

Creating an engaging bar and restaurant experience

Project at a glance

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Manchester Airport and J.W. Lees Brewery
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The Lion and Antelope, Manchester Airport, UK
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Project requirements:

Food grade push-to-connect fittings.

Situated at the heart of Manchester Airport’s busy Terminal 3, The Lion and Antelope is a rendition of the traditional British pub experience offering a variety of spaces and seating areas, carefully designed to cater for the wide range of travellers visiting the airport. Taking centre stage is a state-of-the-art glass-fronted cellar installation, allowing for all departing passengers to get a glimpse of how a fully operational cellar actually works.

The Lion and Antelope pub/bar based in Manchester Airport, UK.

The project

Making quality beer since 1828, J.W. Lees brewery was recently approached by Manchester Airport with the challenge to refit all bars in all of their departure terminals and to also come up with a new concept to engage with customers while they enjoy a quality local beer. The Lion and Antelope glass-fronted cellar is what J.W. Lees imagined all along, designing similar installations for all three Manchester Airport departure terminals.

Kegs and pipes behind the scenes at the Lion and Antelope pub.

Our involvement

Such an innovative and sophisticated installation needed technical support from the best, which is where RWC’s plastic push-to-connect pioneer John Guest came to play a part.

Having used JG fittings throughout their portfolio of 140 pubs across the North of England and Wales, J.W. Lees had full confidence John Guest had the expertise to provide state-of-the-art fittings and tubing, ensuring smooth cellar connections and consistent quality beer pour.

Such trust and recognition come by no surprise as in fact the world’s first food grade push-to-connect fitting was launched by John Guest into the UK beer market in the early 1980s. It is virtually impossible to find a pub in the UK where the beer hasn’t been brought from the keg right up to the beer tap with the help of the John Guest drinks dispense fittings range.

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