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Papillon Restaurant
Viewing Facility (Winning Post Area)

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  • 83 / 100
    Hospitality Critic
    Review Score

Enjoy a delicious four-course à la carte lunch with specially selected wines within the beautiful confines of the Papillon Restaurant.

This well-placed facility is the perfect place to entertain important guests in a more relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere.

The Papillon Restaurant also plays host to a Jockey Club Tipster who will share their tips on the days' horses, and jockeys, before you take advantage of the private balcony to watch events unfold.




Rating: Superb

Plus

  • Excellent Balcony Viewing from an Elevated Location
  • Upgraded Catering
  • Guest Tipster

Minus

  • Champagne is an Extra Cost after the Reception

Key Points

Location Earl of Derby Grandstand (3rd Floor)
Capacity 300 Guests
Catering
  • Exquisite 4-Course à la Carte Lunch
  • Deluxe Afternoon Tea with Liqueurs
Admission Premier Course Admission
Drinks
  • Champagne Reception
  • Complimentary Bar (Beers, Fine Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)
Parking
  • 1 per 4 Guests
  • Chauffeur Service
Price Guide £425 to £789
Price Rating £££

Package Content

Location

Earl of Derby Grandstand (3rd Floor)

Viewing

Two Balconies (Racecourse & Parade Ring)

Tickets

Premier Course Admission

Car Parking

  • 1 per 4 Guests
  • Chauffeur Service

Private Table/Facility Size

10 to 12 Guests

Reception Drink

Champagne Reception

Bar Inclusions

  • Complimentary Bar
  • (Beers, Fine Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

Main Meal

Exquisite 4-Course à la Carte Lunch

Additional Catering

Deluxe Afternoon Tea with Liqueurs

Guest Speakers

Jockey Club Tipster

Audio Visual

TV Racing Coverage

Programme

Official Racecard

Souvenir Gift

Executive Gift

Extra Inclusions

  • Balcony Overlooking the Winners Enclosure & Paddock
  • Racing Newspaper
  • Private Tote Betting

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Papillon Restaurant Hospitality Critic Review

Introduction

The Papillon Suite is a premium restaurant facility at Aintree Racecourse providing an excellent base for your day at the Grand National meeting, it has been nominated by the Jockey Club as one of its Diamond Marque facilities. The suite is named after the 2000 Grand National winner, ridden by 20-year old Ruby Walsh, and trained by his father, Ted. It has a capacity for 300 guests and is a very popular facility.

Location

The Papillon Suite is situated in an elevated location on the Third Floor of the Earl of Derby Stand. From this location, you can view the horses as they start the Grand National course as well as enjoy a head-on view of the finishing straight and winning post. It is a little closer to the finish post than its sister facility, the Corbiere Suite (in the Lord Sefton Stand).

Facility/Décor

It is a similar design to the Corbiere Suite with a striking curved ceiling as well as floor to ceiling windows, providing splendid views. The red interior is, however, somewhat garish. The balcony stretches the full length of the suite overlooking the start/finish area of the course. There is also a small balcony to the rear of the suite, with nice views overlooking the Parade Ring area.

Private Tables

Private tables are available for 10-12 guests. Smaller groups will need to share a table.

Admission

Premier Course Admission is included.

Catering

You can expect upgraded catering by way of an exquisite 4-course à la carte luncheon followed by a deluxe Afternoon Tea.

Guests enjoying the racing

Drinks

There is a Champagne Reception and a complimentary bar, including beers, wine, spirits, and soft drinks. Liqueurs are served with Afternoon Tea. Please note that Champagne is an extra cost after the reception.

Service

Service throughout is left to the waiting staff. There is not a hostess service.

Entertainment

There is a Guest Tipster included in this facility.

Audio-Visual

There are ample TV monitors (if rather small) positioned in an elevated location around the suite.

Car Parking

Car parking close to the Aintree Grandstands is extremely limited, so for the Papillon Suite Aintree has included car parking with chauffeur transfers to get closer to the Grandstands, which is a nice touch.

Extras

A Racecard is included, and there are Tote betting facilities available. An Executive Gift is included for each guest.

Ratings Understand our scoring
83 / 100
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Catering
Admission
Drinks
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Service
Entertainment
Car Parking
Audio-Visual
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Total 83/100
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Dress Code

There is no official dress code at Aintree Racecourse, although smart is preferable. Hats are optional but frequently worn. Sports clothes and fancy dresses are not permitted for the Grand National meeting.

Getting There

GPS users can get to Aintree Racecourse using the postcode L9 5AS, then follow signs for parking. If arriving by train, the closest station is Aintree Station, directly opposite the racecourse.

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