Top 10 Racecourse Bars

A subject we can all relate too! The bar at the races often seems to be the focal point of our days and is great meeting place and weather permitting often the best place to be.

So where are the best ones?

1) Sandown, The Moet and Chandon bar 

Starting with Sandown, the Moet and Chandon bar, I visited here most recently and their champagne bar overlooks the paddock with a great outside sitting area the kind of place you can see getting nestled into for the day!

2) Newmarket, Pimms Bar

Next we head to the other side of London to Newmarket, the Pimms bar. Again this is right near the paddock and it a little sun trap on the Rowley Mile which is often a little chilly! The shoot out to the track runs right alongside it so you can get up close to the horses.


3) Newmarket, Moet and Chandon experience. 

Staying at Newmarket but heading over to the July Course, we have their brand new Moet and Chandon experience. The new dining experience includes a three course lunch, afternoon tea and of course lots of champagne!!

4) York, Moet and Chandon bar

Heading much further north now, we head to York races and their new champagne bar, this is on two levels which on one side has the paddock and the other the track! Now that’s perfection! It’s hard not to picture yourself here all day during the Ebor festival!

5) Ascot, Pimms bar.

Coming back down the country we turn to Ascot the home of Champagne and Pimms, first let’s look at their champagne bar. The Moet and Champagne bar is set under the trees next to the pre-parade ring, it’s a beautiful garden area that gets the sun all day, the bar has decking too so no need to worry about sinking in your heels all day! There is also ample seating so it’s the perfect place to rest your feet!

6) Ascot, Moet and Chandon bar

Staying at Ascot we walk across the horse walk to the Pimms bar! I know I’m getting thirsty too! The Pimms bar is opposite the champagne bar on the other side of the pre-parade ring, again with ample seating and in the sun all day! Be warned though, this is also grass, and I have seen some chairs and heels sink ending in disaster before.

7) Cheltenham, Guinness Village

We can’t talk about bars at the racecourse without mentioning the Guinness village! The mother of all bars. The village is where everyone should start their day and some never leave! It has all you need food, the racing on a big screen and so many bars you barely need to que. There is also live music so you can get the party started.

8) Cheltenham, Moet and Chandon bar

Round the corner from the Guinness Village is the Moet and Chandon bar, this bar can get a little chilly but in a sunny day during the festival it’s the perfect spot for a glass of bubbles away from the madness!

9) Newbury Beer and Banker bar

Heading back down south to Newbury with their Beer & Banker bar. I was at Newbury in February and can strongly recommend this bar to any larger lover. Specialising in worldwide beers and offering more than any other bar this really is the place to be. Plus it also has direct access to trackside, cash machines and a wide range of betting facilities.

10) Goodwood, Moet and Chandon bar

Last but no means least we head to Goodwood, this has to be one of the most stunning racecourses we have in the UK, surrounded by rolling hills. The champagne bar here looks over the parade ring and is stunning when the sun is out, whatever your racing plans this year get Goodwood at the top of your list!

TopSamantha Hills