We wanted a dining experience, to go with the thrill of a day at the races. There are many packages, but a seat in the Voltigeur restaurant is highly recommended. Not only do you have fantastic views across the track from the restaurant or private balcony seats outside, but the service is exceptional. The minute you walk through the door, you are greeted by a glass of Pimms and Canapés, before being shown to your table. Then follows what can only be described as a gourmet buffet from fish starters, roasts, hot dishes, sweets, pastries, chocolate fountains(oh yummy), ice creams, cheese and biscuits, more sandwiches and sweets and …oh the waistline!
The service was tremendous, the waiters bring your drinks and clear tables regularly in a friendly efficient manner, the betting facilities of a bookmaker and tote points in the room save venturing down to the clamour of rails bookmakers and just to cap it all we had a perfect sunny autumn day – but if it wasn’t the outside stand is well covered, the beauty of hospitality to the highest standard. We even backed a few winners!
Staying in York, we choose the BEST WESTERN York Pavilion hotel, which offers a good level of service, nearby to the racecourse and city for sightseeing – just be aware at weekends they do sometimes have wedding parties, so it can be busy in the car park and involve a bit of disco music, though there is a reasonable curfew on this. Whilst in York why not visit the Jorvik museum, there are great restaurants and pubs, not to forget the charms of the minister and old walls – even more shopping at the designer retail park just a few miles out of town.
What a great value weekend, loads of food, fun and just a bit of a sore head!!
Gary Palmer – Year of Get Up and Go blogging panel