Racegoers with a taste for fine dining are in for an extra special Royal Ascot this year (18-22 June), courtesy of an exclusive package (£19,170 for two people) that combines fine dining, a private box, shuttles by helicopter and Porsche and a four-course lunch created by über-chef Ollie Dabbous.
The Michelin-starred chef, currently winning plaudits from all sides at London’s Hide restaurant, is one of a host of famous culinary names to appear at this year’s event, where there will be a total of eight Michelin stars scattered around the racecourse.
“We are incredibly privileged to be working with such an esteemed group of world-class chefs,” says Juliet Slot, chief commercial officer at the racecourse. “This year, we will be offering more walk-up dining than ever before, including a pop-up restaurant by world-famous London eatery J Sheekey in the Royal Enclosure and Simon Rogan’s restaurant in the Royal Enclosure Gardens. In addition, guests can enjoy Ollie Dabbous’ exceptional food in the exclusive setting of their own private box.”
“Royal Ascot is a special occasion for everyone involved,” says Dabbous, who became a gastronomic sensation when his restaurant Dabbous opened in 2012. “I have gone for contemporary, colourful dishes that suit the nature of the event.” There will be healthy options and vegan dishes, as well as the opportunity to choose from à la carte menus at the table or a more casual affair at the serving stations.
While Dabbous’ pop-up itself is already fully booked, racegoers can still treat themselves to an exceptional package that includes a private box for the day, Royal Enclosure badges, helicopter transfers to and from Royal Ascot, a Porsche shuttle from the helipad to the racecourse, a four-course lunch created by the chef, drinks throughout the day (including Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2012), afternoon tea with Dabbous and a gift from Links of London.
There are also still some fine dining packages on offer at the Royal Meeting (from £395): these can be found in Carriages Restaurant, Furlong Restaurant, Restaurant in the Village and the newly added Queen Elizabeth Room.