Royal Ascot is a quintessential British institution – not just the crown jewel of the British horse racing calendar, but also a highlight of the British social summer. The first four day June meeting at Ascot took place in 1768, which became known some time after as Royal Ascot, and over 250 years later, crowds of racegoers flock to Ascot Racecourse every year to revel in the atmosphere of one of the world’s most iconic race meetings.
The prestige of winning at Royal Ascot attracts some of the world’s finest racehorses over the five days of top-class racing. Some of history’s most famous horses have made their names by winning at Ascot over the years, particularly by winning the prestigious Gold Cup – a 2 mile, 3 furlong and 210 yard flat race held on Royal Ascot day three also known as Gold Cup Day.
Royal Ascot isn’t just about the racing, though. This is a week of sartorial elegance and fine dining, where fashion, food and fizz meet in perfect harmony. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy the British summer with friends, family or colleagues and catch up over a glass of Champagne and a bite to eat, you won’t find a better place than Royal Ascot.
On top of that, there are a number of hospitality packages available for those who really want to lounge in the lap of luxury. Some of the world's best chefs host exclusive Fine Dining experiences in restaurants all over the grounds, so the Royal Meeting offers a unique opportunity to enjoy Michelin star food in an incredible atmosphere like nowhere else. The highlight of this year’s lineup? Undoubtedly the debut of one Michelin-starred Nieves Barragán Mohacho and The Ledbury's Brett Graham, who join regulars like Raymond Blanc OBE, Ollie Dabbous and Simon Rogan – one of the country’s few three star chefs in the 2022 Michelin Guide – at Royal Ascot 2022.
This year’s Royal Ascot also promises an improved customer experience following an announcement that capacities were to be reduced following feedback from racegoers. This year is set to be the most enjoyable atmosphere ever, with better access to facilities throughout the site and an electric buzz as the event returns in all its glory.
Thinking about a dream trip to Royal Ascot 2022? Read on for a breakdown of this year’s food and hospitality experiences.
Royal Ascot Chef Line-up 2022
Nieves Barragán Mohacho: Pavonian Restaurant
Nieves Barragán Mohacho is one of the UK's brightest culinary stars, and her exemplary cooking has made Mayfair restaurant Sabor one of the most essential in London. She makes her Royal Ascot debut at the new Pavonian Restaurant in the Queen Anne Enclosure – a luxurious new space with a large elevated trackside viewing deck that boasts unbeatable views of the action on the track. Nieves will be serving a typical tapas-style feast that takes her own unique path through classic Spanish dishes. Stick around after dinner to enjoy the DJ set at the after party, and soak up the post-racing atmosphere.
Prices from £649 + VAT per person
Tom Barnes: The Old Press Room
Executive chef of three Michelin-starred L’Enclume and one Michelin-starred Rogan & Co, Tom Barnes is an essential part of Simon Rogan’s team – undisputedly one of the most influential chefs in the country. Barnes is making his solo debut at Royal Ascot 2022 in another new restaurant this year – The Old Press Room. This area on level two of the Grandstand did in fact used to be the old press room – this year it’ll be home to Tom’s six-course tasting menu, which takes plenty of inspiration from L’Enclume's hyper-seasonal ethos, celebrating homegrown and foraged British ingredients. Each course will be served with accompanying fine wines selected by L’Enclume's sommelier.
Prices from £1499 + VAT per person
Brett Graham: Holyroodhouse
Head chef of the newly reopened two Michelin-starred The Ledbury in London, Brett Graham makes his long-awaited debut at Ascot this year, taking charge of the beautiful Holyroodhouse restaurant in the centre of one of Ascot’s most memorable floral garden settings. This bright, contemporary first-floor restaurant boasts a wonderful balcony area with views of the beautiful gardens, as well as the Pre-Parade Ring where you can see horses readying themselves to race. Sit down to a four-course à la carte menu of Graham’s masterful, elegant modern cooking, before soaking in all the action from level 4 of the Grandstand.
Prices from £909 + VAT per person
Raymond Blanc: Panoramic Restaurant
Patron of the iconic, two Michelin-starred Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, Raymond Blanc OBE returns to the Panoramic Restaurant once again at Royal Ascot 2022 with his typical refined French gastronomy. This is the seventh year Blanc has cooked here, and his restaurant remains phenomenally popular – this is an unmissable dining experience with room for just 100 guests, so expect seats to sell out quickly. Not only do you get the pleasure of Blanc’s company and food, you also get access to a private viewing balcony on level 6 of the Grandstand, complete with one of the best views of the track, level with the final straight.
Prices from £1279 + VAT per person
Ollie Dabbous: The Sandringham
Over a decade since Ollie Dabbous exploded onto the London scene at his eponymous restaurant Dabbous, he remains one of the capital’s most thrilling chefs, subsequently winning a Michelin star at HIDE with his innovative, intricate tasting menus. He returns to Royal Ascot for another year, where he hosts a flexible fine dining set up that includes a variety of food stations to try at your leisure, as well as a signature menu served tableside. The Sandringham itself is tucked away in the Lavender Courtyard and features a large wrap-around deck area, perfect for lounging and socialising in the sun with friends, family and colleagues.
Prices from £709 + VAT per person
Simon Rogan: ON5
Now the holder of a coveted third Michelin star and a Michelin Green Star for his pioneering work at L’Enclume, Simon Rogan returns to Royal Ascot 2022 to serve a stand out menu amid the stunning, panoramic views of the Queen Anne Enclosure Flagship restaurant, ON5. Rogan’s hyper-seasonal, precise cooking has influenced a generation of British chefs, and he brings that same commitment to British produce to the menu at ON5 with a four-course menu that includes starter, main, dessert, cheese course as well as afternoon tea. The glass fronted restaurant also boasts a private fifth-floor trackside viewing balcony with a perfect view of the straight mile, so you can enjoy racing action as well as the Royal Procession at 2pm.
Prices from £921 + VAT per person
Master pâtissier and proprietor of Cake Boy London, Eric Lanlard returns to Royal Ascot 2022 with his stupendous afternoon tea menu, this year celebrating a very special year – Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Lanlard’s delicious teas are available in Fine Dining restaurants, private boxes and the 1768 Grill & Tea Rooms in the Queen Anne Enclosure.
There are another 11 restaurant packages available across the Ascot grounds, from the spacious Pavilion overlooking the famous Ascot Bandstand and Queen Anne Enclosure Lawns to the quiet and exclusive fine dining experience of the Windsor Forest. Click the link for more about the fine dining hospitality experiences on offer at Royal Ascot 2022.
Private Boxes at Royal Ascot
If the hospitality experiences don’t suit and you prefer the flexibility of having your own space, there are a number of Private Boxes available on various tiers of the Grandstand too.
Boxes range in capacity from 10 to 108 people, and are available in the formal Royal Enclosure, or the more relaxed Queen Anne Enclosure. Every single one of the boxes comes with a private bar and dining area, as well as a private balcony with a view of the race track and a flat screen TV. You can organise catering directly with Ascot’s in-house catering teams, who can lay on a sit-down banquet or a buffet style feast depending what suits you and your party. Click the link for more information about hiring a private box at Royal Ascot, with prices starting from £900 + VAT per person.
Attending Royal Ascot
The prices of boxes, enclosures and hospitality packages vary, so be sure to check the Royal Ascot website for more details.
Royal Ascot also has a strict dress code depending which enclosure you’ll be in, ranging from the very formal top hat, tails and exquisite millinery of the Royal Enclosure to the more informal summer dresses and Cuban collars of the Windsor Enclosure. Click here for the Royal Ascot 2022 style guide and dress code.
Royal Ascot 2022 takes place between Tuesday 14th and Saturday 18th June this year, with Gold Cup Day taking place on Thursday 16th June.
*This article is sponsored by Royal Ascot