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What Makes Ascot Special

31 January 2019

Riding out from Windsor Castle in 1711 Queen Anne first saw the land that had potential for horseracing and the inaugural event – Her Majesty’s Plate – was held that same year.

Over the years the patronage of twelve monarchs has helped make Ascot one of the world’s best-loved racecourses. Today the racecourse welcomes over 630,000 guests each year and is home to some of the sport’s most prestigious race meetings ensuring that Ascot’s stature, reputation and famed celebration of occasion is admired internationally.

As Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for millions of pounds in prize money, Royal Ascot is anticipated and revered the world over. Whether it’s the arrival of the Royal Procession, six world-class races throughout the afternoon or the communal singing around Ascot’s Bandstand early evening, each of the five days in June is a whirlwind of excitement and colour. Spectacular heritage, unparalleled racing, high fashion, Fine Dining and pageantry come together to create an unforgettable experience in a unique setting.

In addition to Royal Ascot the racecourse proudly hosts three prestige racedays, QIPCO British Champions Day, Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup and King George Weekend, which remain as popular as ever offering first-class racing as well as off the track colour and excitement.

Beyond these, Ascot delights in hosting a range of themed race fixtures. Appealing to everyone from families to corporate groups, these racedays offer a true variety of entertainment from fairground rides, food festivals, and music concerts to countryside crafts, beer festivals and Christmas festivities.

Fine Dining is the cornerstone of any Ascot experience whether at Royal Ascot or an Ascot raceday and is integral to the delivery of every one of Ascot’s horse racing events throughout the year.

During Royal Ascot guests have access to several remarkable Fine Dining restaurants where à la carte menus by Michelin-starred chefs such as Raymond Blanc OBE and Phil Howard can be enjoyed. Another option is the use of exclusive Private Boxes which can be reserved to create an intimate Royal Ascot Fine Dining environment.

Ascot’s flagship restaurants include ON 5 with its contemporary design offers private balcony, roof terrace, spacious bar and spectacular panoramic views over the track. Exemplary service paired with the finest food, wine and Champagne makes this, award winning restaurant exclusive and special.

Ascot’s Parade Ring Restaurant remains the jewel in the crown of the racecourse’s Fine Dining offering. Guests are assured the very best. This prestigious and recently refurbished restaurant with dedicated private balcony and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Parade Ring, offers uninterrupted views of the track and winning post and provides a magnificent view of the racing.

Whether experiencing a four-course luncheon and Champagne afternoon tea with fine wines and Champagne during the Royal Meeting, or luncheon and classic afternoon tea on an Ascot Raceday, guests are assured the very best in terms of Ascot hospitality.

Interested in a great day out? Why not experience all Ascot has to offer? contact your Travel Counsellor.

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