Royal Ascot preview 2017

This year’s royal meet is taking place on 20-24 June, and promises to be another masterclass in corporate entertaining. As well as providing a good excuse for everyone to dress up and have a flutter, it’s a prime spot to do business, with 12 fine-dining hospitality areas across the racecourse serving up dishes from some of the UK’s top chefs.

At this year’s preview race day, we began by sampling a starter from Raymond Blanc OBE. During Royal, he’ll be serving a delicate, yet punchy Cornish crab salad with coconut bisque in the Panoramic Restaurant. We were also treated to a rich main course that two-Michelin-starred Phil Howard will be dishing up in On 5: fillet of beef with an oxtail-stuffed potato, field mushrooms, truffle butter and red wine. Both dishes showcased simple ingredients cooked to perfection.

Among the restaurants open for Royal Ascot is the Panoramic, which offers views over the racecourse and Great Windsor Park. Up on the fifth floor of the grandstand, the flagship On 5 is built around a sleek central bar area and has a private outdoor terrace. A fond favourite with dedicated racing fans, the Parade Ring Restaurant features views of the Winners’ Enclosure that can be enjoyed through floor-to-ceiling windows and from a private balcony.

To book hospitality at this year’s event, contact the team. Prices start from £269pp +VAT.

Check out more photos from the Royal Ascot preview below:

Royal Ascot preview 2017

Royal Ascot preview 2017

Royal Ascot preview 2017

Royal Ascot preview 2017