Fascinators at the ready, it’s that time of year again. The Royal Ascot horse racing meet officially started this week and we’re in for a few more days of over-dressed passengers on South Western Railway’s services to Surrey. 

It's also one of the prime places 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. 
 
Parade Ring Restaurant 

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. 
 
The Panoramic Restaurant 

Raymond Blanc OBE will be heading up the Panoramic Restaurant for the third 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. 
 
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The Balmoral 

Hold on to your hats – The Balmoral is a brand-new dining concept for 2018 that marks Adam Handling of The Frog E1’s debut at Royal Ascot. Adam 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. 
 
Simon Rogan 

Also new for this year is two Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan’s restaurant, which follows shortly after his relaunch of Roganic in London. His culinary skills should deliver a memorable dining experience. 
 
Prices start from £93pp.
 
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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. 
 
Prices start from £829pp. 
 
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