30 January 2019
Day 1 in Chester
10:30 – Morning Walk
Weather permitting, enjoy a relaxed walk around the Chester Roman Walls, taking in the views of The River Dee and Welsh Hills further into the background. Follow in the footsteps of the Roman soldier patrols, the medieval archers and the elegant Georgian promenades. See the Water Tower that is no longer next to the water, the remains of the Roman amphitheatre, the tower where Charles I stood to watch the Battle of Rowton Moor and finish with a photograph at the Eastgate Clock Tower.
12:30 – Lunch at the Chef’s Table
A keen race goer himself, Tom Hughes at The Chef’s Table offers the best local produce available to Chester. The small multi award-winning independent restaurant is in the heart of Chester city centre and offers the same style of cooking with ever changing menus that remain the same except with the added creativity and originality.
14:00 – Chester Cathedral – at Height Tour
Take on the Chester Cathedral at height tour and experience public access levels like never before. On the tour you will go behind the scenes of the 1000's of years of history within the walls of Chester Cathedral. You will explore the bell-ringing chamber, get up close to the images on the stained-glass windows, peer down the fourteenth century quire stalls and Victorian organ, stroll along the galleries and once you've climbed the 200 plus steps up the tower, take in the panoramic view of the city and beyond. From the top of the cathedral, see one city, two countries and five counties.
16:00 – Afternoon Tea – Oddfellows
With natty interiors and a huge helping of humour and fun, Oddfellows presents the ultimate afternoon tea with a splash of 'Odd'. Freshly prepared finger sandwiches are served using flavours of the season, including the classic scones, jam, and clotted cream. Enjoy the chef’s selection of treats, inspired cakes and tarts with tea or coffee. Afternoon Tea with a twist is served from 12-5pm at £17.50 per person, and you can add an extra bit of nostalgia with a vintage inspired cocktail or glass of bubbles for £7.
17:30 – Relax – The Chester Grosvenor Hotel
Housed in an historic building with a black and white timbered façade, The Chester Grosvenor is situated in the centre of the beautiful Roman city of Chester. The five red star hotel is one of the city’s greatest landmarks, standing alongside the iconic Eastgate Clock Tower. From the attentive yet unobtrusive service to the Georgian chandelier made of 28,000 pieces of crystal, The Chester Grosvenor offers the quintessential luxury English experience.
20:30 – Pre-Race Dinner – At Restaurant 1539
Restaurant 1539 at Chester Racecourse offers the most unique backdrop in which to enjoy a drink, savour a delicious dinner, pop in for an express lunch or mingle in the Roof Lounge at the weekend.
The menu offers a modern take on classic British favourites alongside dishes inspired by more global flavours. Diners can choose dishes from the grill including steaks and fresh seafood, as well as smaller plates such as sautéed truffle wild mushrooms or Highland smoked salmon.
Day 2 in Chester
10:00 – Morning Walk & Coffee
Chester has been offering retail therapy to visitors since it developed as a bustling market town in the Middle Ages. Then it created the unique Rows galleries giving visitors stores at street level with steps to another tier of shops above - undercover heaven! It’s also not surprising that the oldest shopping façade in England is in The Rows! Shoemakers and Iron Mongers once sold their wares in these magnificent 700-year-old medieval marvels, when fruit, root and herb markets were all the rage and horse, cloth and cheese fairs flourished in the city.
The Rows are truly unique with their double-deck delights and it’s not just your usual list of retail who’s who in Chester either. The city is home to a host of retailers that you just won’t find elsewhere. Finish you walk with a coffee at the Jaunty Goat on Bridge Street, which offers the best coffee within the city walls.
12:00 – Pre-race drinks service
When you are dressed and ready, enjoy some drinks at the Taittinger Champagne Bar, which is in a prime position looking onto Eastgate Street and within site of the Roman Walls and famous Eastgate Clock Tower. The Champagne bar will be open to hotel guests, resident guests and race-goers to soak up the atmosphere before making the walk down Watergate Street to Chester Racecourse.
13:00 – 17:30 – Chester Races
The racing calendar takes place between May and September. Seasonal highlights include the prestigious three-day Boodles May Festival at the beginning of the racing season, City Plate Day in July and the Season Finale in September. The Chester Roman Day and Chester Family Funday, offer something for children and family-friendly atmosphere.
19:00 – Upstairs at the Grill
Upstairs at the Grill is a split-level Manhattan-style steakhouse and speakeasy bar located on Watergate Street, close to the racecourse. They offer guests the opportunity to explore our selection of locally sourced dry aged beef and extensive wine list. This location will compliment a fantastic day at the races which is directly on route back to the Chester Grosvenor Hotel.