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Back to The Randox Health Grand National
  • Overall Rating 7 /10
  • Value for Money 4 /10
Back to The Randox Health Grand National

The Art School at Aintree
Non-Viewing Facility

  • 7 / 10
    Hospitality Critic
    Overall Rating
  • 4 / 10
    Hospitality Critic
    Value for Money

Package Overview

The Art School at Aintree focuses on providing an outstanding dining experience on the course from celebrity chef Paul Askew. Prepare your taste buds for six successive courses between each race, matched with unique wines selected by the sommelier team.

Located within the Paddock Lounge, this facility affords guests great views of the Parade Ring and allows access to a grandstand roof to view the actual racing.

Guests will also be able to enjoy Champagne afternoon tea, complimentary bar and private tote betting facilities, fully completing this experience package.

  • 6-Course Tasting Menu
  • Upgraded Drinks Package
  • Grandstand Roof Badge
  • No Views of Racing from the Hospitality Facility
  • No Guest Tipster

Key Points

Location Behind the Parade Ring
Capacity 40 Guests
  • Paul Askew’s 6-Course Tasting Menu
  • Champagne Afternoon Tea
Admission Premier Course Admission
Drinks Complimentary Bar - Includes Champagne (Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)
Parking 1 per 4 Guests
Price Guide £605 to £1,015
Price Rating £££££

Package Content


Behind the Parade Ring


Grandstand Roof


Premier Course Admission

Car Parking

1 per 4 Guests

Private Table/Facility Size

Private Tables

Bar Inclusions

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

Main Meal

Paul Askew’s 6-Course Tasting Menu

Additional Catering

Champagne Afternoon Tea

Audio Visual

TV Racing Coverage


Official Racecard

Extra Inclusions

Private Tote Betting

Our in-depth article will tell you everything you need to know.


The Art School at Aintree Hospitality Critic Review


The Art School at Aintree promises to bring an exceptional dining experience to the home of the Grand National. Founder and Chef Patron of The Art School in Liverpool Paul Askew will bring his passion and firm reputation as a pioneer of excellent modern British cuisine to Aintree for the three-day Festival. It can accommodate a maximum of 40 guests.


This facility is located in the historic Paddock Lodge, which is the house once owned by the Topham family, who are responsible for developing the Grand National. The Lodge sits just behind the Parade Ring, and the dining room offers a traditional and historic setting.


The dining room has an abundance of natural light, and the windows have direct views of the Parade Ring area. The décor is homely and traditional with features such as oak parquet flooring.

Private Tables

The guests are seated on round tables of 10 guests.


Premier Course Admission is included. Your package also includes a Grandstand Roof Badge, which although a little walk from the facility, provides superb elevated views of the racecourse.


This facility’s unique feature is Paul Askew’s 6 Course Tasting Menu including, Champagne Afternoon Tea.

Paul Askew


The bar is complimentary and includes Champagne and Premium wines.


Service throughout is left to Paul Askew’s excellent waiting staff. There is not a hostess service.


There is no guest tipster included in this facility.


There are a few TV monitors in the facility, not enough for all guests to view from the table.

Car Parking

Steeplechase car park passes are included on a 1:4 basis. The car park is situated in the centre of the racecourse, so it is a little walk across the course to access the Parade Ring area.


A Racecard is included, and there are Tote betting facilities available.

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70 / 100
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Total 70/100
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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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