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Your Guide to The Royal Ascot 2018


With the Royal Ascot fast approaching, the trainers and their 509 horses are preparing for the journey to the most valuable horse race in Britain. With a whopping 7.3m in prize money it’s sure to be a thrilling event, Royal Ascot annually welcomes over 300,000 attendees – including the Queen - over the five-day race spectacular and is certainly an event to add to the calendar for both equestrian and non-equestrian people alike.

The Royal Ascot racecourse employs an extra 6,500 temporary staff during the event, meaning 2,000 hours of training to maintain the high standards of the Royal Ascott attendees. Keeping the ground looking pristine for all of the visitors requires 3,500 cleaners working 24/7 to keep the racecourse perfectly presented.

The grooms job at the Royal Ascot is probably one of the most important jobs, as they have to prepare and make the horses look their best ahead of the race. Grooms also take care of all of the horse’s needs, not just whilst at the Royal Ascot, but on a daily basis. Many racehorses have been known to wear the Premier Equine Magni-Teque Magnetic Horse Rug with Neck Cover and the Premier Equine Nano-Tec Infrared Horse Rug as part of their daily routine as well as helping prepare their muscles before and after a race.

The Royal Ascot isn’t just well-known for the horse racing, in coming years it has become an occasion for fashion and style - famous for some particularly interesting and, in some cases, outrageous headpieces. In the words of Royal Ascot "Royal Ascot is synonymous with sartorial elegance. This is upheld by our dress code, which invites guests to contribute to an occasion heralded as a major fashion event in its own right.”

For the ultimate guide to the Royal Ascot dress code for each enclosure please take a look at the guidelines below:



There are over 100 bars and food outlets on the racecourse, from sit down fine-dining to a quick snack, there is something for everyone.

Eatery options include:

·Bandstand Restaurant: Prime location with classic breakfast and lunch options – street food available later in the day.

·Norfolk Restaurant: Delicious three-course a la carte menu, using the best in-season produce.

·Taylors Lobster and Champagne Bar: Serving their signature lobster roll and selection of charcuterie, cheese and speciality hot beverages.

·Seafood Terrace: Sourcing fresh ingredients from the Shetland Isles, Cornish and Dorset coastlines.

·Hatters Cocktail Bar: London’s finest mixologists sell their classic cocktails with their usual flair and panache.

·Lavazza on 4: The official coffee of Ascot serving a variety of delicious hot drinks and a selection of cakes and sandwiches.

·Equiano Champagne Bar: A wonderful bar situated right by the winning post names after the French Thoroughbred racehorse who won the Group One King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2008 and 2010.

·Frankel Bar: Named after the highest-rated racehorse of all time, our track-facing bar offers a selection of champagne, wines, mulled wines and beers, and enables you to combine comfort with stunning views of the racing.

·Horsewalk Bar: The perfect spot for you to enjoy a glass of champagne, wine or beer whilst watching the jockeys mount their horses in the parade ring.

·Bollinger Bar: Al fresco Champagne bar with table service serving a wide selection of Bollinger Champagne, the official Champagne of Ascot.

·Cedar Tree Lawn Bar: Enjoy a selection of Club sandwiches or a tray of Salmon Blini served to your table on the elegant Cedar Tree Lawns.

·Juniper Garden Bar: Gin and cocktail bar serving an array of cocktails including the Royal Blush.

·Woodford Reserve Bar: The official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, serving a selection of small batch distilled Bourbon.

·Blush Wine Bar: Wondering Wine Co’s established wine bar offering a wide selection of wines, champagne and a special toffee apple cider.

·Wood Fire Pizza Company: Delicious hand-made pizza made in authentic wood fired ovens. Dough balls and soft drinks also available.

·Miss Andretti: Speciality coffees and classic cocktails, miniature afternoon tea also available.

·1768 Grill + Tea Rooms: Restaurant specialising in lobster and steak lunches and a selection of afternoon teas.

·Grundy Bar and Kitchen: Immerse yourself in the heart of the Pre-Parade ring whilst enjoying a selection of charcuterie and cheese boards, perfectly paired with fine wine.

·B.O.B’s Lobster: Warm handmade Argentinian pasties, freshly cooked with a variety of fillings.

·Gamekeeper Burgers: Gourmet burgers made by ‘Gamekeeper’ who believe the secret to a good burger is great ingredients.

· Windsor Greys: The Windsor Greys restaurant has a walk-ups policy and will be serving a wonderful two course buffet, also serving a selection of platters, Champagnes and wines to tables outside in the Royal Enclosure. Non-bookable Royal Ascot Afternoon Tea is also available.

· Bangers and Bubbles: A classic on-the-go dining option with a twist, choose from a selection of Cumberland and pork sausages sourced from the Royal Farms, Windsor. Combine with a glass of Prosecco, bottle of craft beer or soft drink.

If you're not lucky enough to attend the Royal Ascot this year, the races are broadcasted all over the world with 23 hours of live television coverage so you don't have to miss a minute of the action! 

Created On  18 Jun 2018 11:00  -  Permalink


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