Tuesday, 19 March 2013

A Restaurant Full Of Racing Knowledge


For five exciting days in June, Ascot Racecourse is not only filled with hats and fashion but also the most talented thoroughbreds, with the finest horses in the world competing at the very highest level to be in with a chance of making it into the Royal Ascot winners enclosure - every racehorse owners dream.

A new theme is being introduced to the Bessborough Restaurant this year, as it is transformed into the ideal venue for racing enthusiasts and novices alike.  This unique restaurant will feature an iconic racing panel with special guests, who will give racegoers the inside track to the runners and riders, betting and all things Royal Ascot.

The panel includes the colourful John Francome -  once a champion jockey, now author and TV presenter, William Buick, top jockey and winner of 5 races at Royal Ascot in 2012, premier league footballer and racing enthusiast Michael Owen and finally top trainers, Ed Dunlop, Richard Hannon Jnr. and Andrew Balding.

The Bessborough Racing Panel: 
Tuesday:  John Francome, William Buick and Michael Owen
Wednesday:  John Francome, William Buick and Ed Dunlop
Thursday:  John Francome, William Buick and Michael Owen 
Friday:  John Francome, William Buick and Richard Hannon Jnr 
Saturday:  John Francome, William Buick and Andrew Balding 

John Francome, says “This is the best flat race meeting in the world at the best venue in the country and I’m looking forward to hosting the Bessborough Racing Panel with such a strong line-up of racing enthusiasts.” 

Michael Owen, commented, “Horse racing is a huge passion of mine and to be asked to be on the Bessborough Restaurant Racing Panel during Royal Ascot alongside the racing legend John Francome and top jockey William Buick will be a really fun day out for me, I just hope some of my tips will come in!” 

Guests will start the day with some delicious canapés and a glass of Piper Heidsieck Champagne or a cocktail before sitting down to mark their card with the words of wisdom from the panel. 

They can then enjoy a delicious four course luncheon of Loin of Cold Smoked and Cured Salmon on a bed of Cucumber Linguine, Pickled Samphire and Ocean Pearls with a Lobster Vinaigrette, followed by  Roasted Fillet of Angus Beef with a Beaufort and Lemon Thyme Crust and a delicious dessert of Dark Chocolate Fleur de Sel with Salt Caramel and Wild Strawberry Dressing. Luncheon will be completed with some great British Cheeses including the award winning Sussex Charmer Mature Cheddar, before watching the Royal Procession from the private balcony which heralds the start of some world class racing action. 

Between the third and fourth race guests will also enjoy a traditional British afternoon tea.

Fine dining experiences in the Bessborough Restaurant start at £570 (inclusive of VAT) per person and are now on sale.  To find out more information or to make a booking please visit www.royalascothospitality.co.uk, call the Hospitality Team on 0844 346 0346 or email: hospitality@ascot.co.uk.

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