The Museum NAAFI lies at the heart of our operations in many ways. Located centrally on our historic aerodrome layout, alongside the Control Tower, the NAAFI serves hot food every day, as well as sandwiches, hot and cold snacks, tea and coffee, plus of course, the ever important cake.
Our NAAFI style restaurant occupies one of our original RAF Elvington wartime buildings, but with a kitchen equipped to modern catering and food hygene standards. Permanently staffed by a team of professional catering personnel, you can be sure of a warm welcome and something refreshing every single day that the Museum is open to the public.
Traditional Hot Food
Each day, our menu rotates with a selection of hot meals, available in adult and child portions. Popular dishes include Lasagne, Beef Stew and Dumplings, Chilli and Rice as well as vegetarian options and jacket potatoes with popular fillings .
Sunday Lunch – Our “Traditional Sunday Lunch” of Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding with accompanying Roast Potatoes is a big hit each Sunday with Museum visitors. Even in mid winter, we often have families travelling to enjoy a traditional Pub style roast dinner while exploring the Museum.
Main Adult Course £6.95 | Small or child’s portion £3.65
Snacks, Sandwiches, Refreshments
In summer, salads including Ploughmans Lunch are always to hand, plus we always have a variety of sandwiches ready made all year round. Our ever popular cake selection changes constantly, so watch our for our latest additions throughout the year.
Jacket Potato with filling £4.75 | Sandwiches £3.75 | Soup of the Day £3.75 | Cakes £2.65
We are also licensed to sell alcoholic drinks, with Black Sheep Beer an ever popular accompaniment to our Sunday Lunch.
About the Term ‘NAAFI’
NAAFI stands for Navy Army and Air Force Institutes and was established way back in 1921 by the UK Government to ensure the supplies of good food, refreshments and other basic goods to armed forces personel around the world. No matter where any aircrews may have found themselves in the world, they knew that if they found the aerodrome NAAFI, they would be sure of something to eat. At its peak during World War Two, more than 110,000 people worked across the world in NAAFI’s as far afield as Hong Kong, Shanghai, Jamaica, Egypt, Kenya, Palestine, Transjordan, Sudan, Singapore and Trinidad as well as aboard ships and in mobile units in the field. For crews working out on windy airfields, the mobile NAAFI was always a welcome sight.
Our own restaurant is modelled on the style of the original NAAFI and proves to be very popular with our in-house engineering teams as well as our volunteer guides and stewards, so we must be doing something right. On any lunchtime you may often be sharing restaurant tables with aircraft engineers and other members of our team as they take a break from looking after our historic aircraft collection.
Consistently given five star reviews on Trip Advisor, our modern interpretation of the original NAAFI continues to provide a great location to take a break when you’re exploring the Museum. For us, our NAAFI style restaurant continues to offer those traditional values to Museum visitors all year round. Make sure you’re at the front of the queue!