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Festival Restaurant
Non-Viewing (Main Grandstand Area)

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  • 49 / 100
    Hospitality Critic
    Review Score

The Festival Restaurant offers a sit-down hospitality experience for a fraction of the cost of the more high-end choices available. Located a short distance from the marvellous Hall of Fame and within the orbit of the Parade Ring, allowing close inspection of the beautiful thoroughbreds on show.

The beauty of this package is the low cost of entry to a more formal hospitality experience, with a 4-course à la carte lunch and afternoon tea, allowing plenty of time to engage with your guests in between the racing action.

The included club admission badge grants access to the majority of the racecourse, including the reserved viewing section in front of the final post.




Rating: Below Average

Plus

  • Close to the Grandstand
  • 4-Course à la Carte Lunch

Minus

  • No Views of Racing from the Hospitality Facility
  • Drinks are an Extra Cost
  • No Guest Tipster

Key Points

Location Close to the Hall of Fame
Catering
  • Morning Coffee & Biscuits
  • 4-Course à la Carte Lunch
  • Afternoon Tea
Admission Club Admission
Drinks Cash Bar
Parking 1 per 2 Guests
Price Guide £425 to £545
Price Rating £££

Package Content

Location

Close to the Hall of Fame

Viewing

Walk to Rails or Grandstands

Tickets

Club Admission

Car Parking

1 per 2 Guests

Private Table/Facility Size

10 Guests

Reception Catering

Morning Coffee & Biscuits

Bar Inclusions

Cash Bar

Main Meal

4-Course à la Carte Lunch

Additional Catering

Afternoon Tea

Audio Visual

TV Racing Coverage

Programme

Official Racecard

Extra Inclusions

Tote Betting Service

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

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Festival Restaurant Hospitality Critic Review

Introduction

The Festival Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants at Cheltenham, a traditional hospitality suite that fails to offer great value for money, although it remains popular with customers who like its location within the original footprint of the racecourse.

Location

The restaurant is within a building that leads off the iconic Hall of Fame, which is the main entrance hall into the racecourse, next to the administrative offices. The Festival Restaurant sits behind the Main Grandstand.

Facility/Décor

There is no special theming, the décor is basic with dining on round tables.

Private Tables

Private Tables are available for ten guests, smaller groups will be asked to share.

Admission

A Club Admission ticket is included, which is the premier enclosure at Cheltenham. Please note that the racing cannot be viewed directly from this facility. To view the racing you need to walk a short distance to the tiered steps in the Grandstand.

Catering

After morning coffee and biscuits, a 4-course à-la-carte luncheon is served, followed by Afternoon Tea.

Table setting within the restaurant

Drinks

Drinks are not included in this package, they are an extra cost, which adversely affects the rating we have given.

Service

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

Entertainment

The package does not include a racing tipster.

Audio-Visual

There are ample TV monitors throughout the facility.

Car Parking

Car park passes are allocated on a 1:2 basis, car parking is situated in the general public areas.

Extras

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

Ratings Understand our scoring
49 / 100
Location
Catering
Admission
Drinks
Facility
Service
Entertainment
Car Parking
Audio-Visual
Extras
Total 49/100
Paul Terry (61)
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Dress Code

Officially there is no dress code at Cheltenham, the course recommends dressing for the weather. However, in hospitality areas, gentlemen usually wear a suit or similar, and many ladies choose to wear county-style hats.

Getting There

The racecourse postcode is GL50 4SH for use with GPS equipment. However, on a race day, customers are strongly advised to follow temporary signs when entering Cheltenham and the local area and not the brown permanent signs.

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  • Cheltenham Racecourse

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