Fascinators at the ready, it’s that time of year again. Well, almost anyway. The Royal Meet (18-22 June) is still a few months away, but with the launch of the chef line-up for this year's event, ticket sale will surge, so it's time you start thinking about sorting out hospitality. Ascot is a prime place to take your colleagues and clients for a day out, so here’s our guide to the best hospitality at the races.
Within the Royal Enclosure
The Royal Enclosure is the most sought-after and prestigious area of the races. The four restaurants (Parade Ring, Panoramic, The Balmoral, Simon Rogan) each offer something special. Champagne Bollinger has held the designation of Official Champagne at the Royal meeting since Ascot’s
founding in 1711, so it is only right to make this your drink of choice while at the races.
Opposite the Royal Box, this restaurant does not only give you a chance to get a peek of the Queen, it is otherwise known for being the most prominent dining outlet at Ascot
. Here, a specially designed five-course menu is paired with different cuvees of Bollinger champagne.
Prices start from £1,379pp.
Fine dining at the Parade Ring Restaurant
The Panoramic Restaurant
Raymond Blanc OBE will be heading up the Panoramic Restaurant for the fourth year. Regarded as one of the top gastronomical experiences at Royal Ascot
, this is one you don’t want to miss. Each course is naturally paired with Bollinger and there is a complimentary champagne bar throughout the day. Need we say more?
Prices start from £1,100pp.
Raymond Blanc heads up the Panoramic Restaurant
The Balmoral is the races' latest dining concept and will this year be headed up by Ascot
debutant Ollie Dabbous. He is expected to bring his creativity and contemporary touch to the table. You can choose from eating the three-course lunch menu as a sit-down meal or standing up, helping yourself from the chef’s stations. With its ground-floor trackside location, you will not miss the action of the races here either.
Prices start from £619pp.
Ollie Dabbous presents his lemon verbena posset that
will be on the menu when he take the reins at The Balmoral
Back for his secon year is two Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan’s restaurant. His culinary skills should deliver a memorable dining experience. He's also heading up the less formal Green Yard Restaurant.
Prices start from £93pp.
Don't forget to catch some racing too!
Within the Queen Anne Enclosure
Not as formal as the Royal Enclosure, the Queen Anne Enclosure is dedicated to fun, singing and gastronomic indulgence. Bollinger is still the preferred tipple, and you should drink it at On5 Restaurant
. Michelin star holder Phil Howard returns to this award-winning outlet. Located on the fifth floor of the Grandstand, the food aims to champion British produce. A complimentary Bollinger bar is available all day.
Fine dining at On5 with epic views of the course
Prices start from £829pp.