Royal Ascot 2024: The Food & Drink Guide

By Ellie Smith

1 month ago

Fine dining, afternoon teas, picnics and more


Always a staple on the summer social calendar, Royal Ascot returns from 18 – 22 June 2024. The prestigious event promises five days of top-class racing, but it’s also renowned for its food and drink offering. Once again, some of the country’s top chefs will be in residence, creating fine dine experiences across the various enclosures. But if you’re after something more informal, there’s lots of that too, with street food stalls and pop-up bars dotted around the event.

‘At Royal Ascot, dining is an ever-evolving masterpiece, a tradition of excellence we elevate with each passing year,’ says Jonathan Parker, managing director of Ascot Racecourse’s hospitality business, 1711 by Ascot. 

‘As we gear up for 2024, we’re not just aiming to surpass expectations; we’re crafting a culinary symphony that echoes the brilliance of stars – both on the track and in the kitchen. Our lineup is a testament to the boundless innovation and style flourishing in the UK’s culinary landscape.’ Read on for a guide to the food and drink at Royal Ascot 2024.

Where To Eat And Drink At Royal Ascot

Who Are Royal Ascot 2024’s Chefs In Residence?

  • Raymond Blanc OBE
  • Lisa Goodwin-Allen
  • Tom Shepherd
  • Tom Barnes
  • Simon Rogan
  • Tom Booton
  • James Tanner
  • Eric Lanlard

A Guide To The Enclosures

The Royal Enclosure

The most exclusive enclosure at the event, the invitation-only Royal Enclosure has a suitably luxurious food and drink offering.

The Grill by Tom Booton, The Dorchester

Esteemed young chef Tom Booton, who heads up The Grill at The Dorchester, will be returning to the Royal Enclosure for the third year running. Located in the picturesque Mill Reef Garden, the restaurant will serve a four-course tasting menu designed specifically for Ascot. 

Tom Booton

Tom Booton

Panoramic

Undoubtedly one of the most special dining spots at Royal Ascot is Panoramic Restaurant, located on the sixth floor of the Grandstand and boasting uninterrupted views of the racecourse. Royal Ascot’s chef-in-residence Raymond Blanc OBE will be returning to head up the restaurant for his ninth year, serving his signature style of seasonal cooking across a five-course feast, inspired by his menu at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. 

Raymond Blanc in the garden of Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons Sustainable Hotel Award

Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir

Parade Ring

Following a successful run last year, L’Enclume chef Simon Rogan will be returning to the Parade Ring restaurant for 2024. Overlooking the Parade Ring, this spot offers a unique viewpoint, offering guests the chance to see the horses before they head to the track – plus potentially spot royalty arriving through the golden gates. Rogan will bring his green style of cooking to the restaurant once again, with a focus on locally sourced, seasonal produce. 

The Sandringham

Another new face for this year is Tom Shepherd of Michelin-starred restaurant Upstairs. He’ll be making his Royal Ascot debut at the Sandringham restaurant, housed within an orangery-inspired structure nestled in a corner of Lavender Courtyard. To offer a flexible dining experience, Shepherd has created chef stations serving appetisers, main courses, desserts and cheese – or you can opt for a four-course signature meal served at the table.

Other Royal Ascot restaurants include:

  • The Old Press Room
  • Windsor Forest
  • The Veranda

The Grandstand area at Royal Ascot

Queen Anne Enclosure

Located around the Ascot Grandstand, The Queen Anne Enclosure is the second most formal enclosure at the event, with an array of fine dining options alongside bars and champagne lounges. 

The Deck

A new addition for 2024 is The Deck, a chic restaurant from brothers James and Chris Tanner. Guests can expect a relaxed but elegant experience within an English country garden-style space, with a three-course menu on offer designed to celebrate British seasonal ingredients. 

Lisa Goodwin-Allen

Lisa Goodwin-Allen

ON 5

Northcote chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen will make her Royal Ascot debut in the Queen Ascot Enclosure’s flagship restaurant, ON 5, this year. You’re in the heart of the racing action here: the restaurant sits on the fifth floor, with its own terrace overlooking the racecourse. Diners can enjoy a four-course meal alongside fine wines – plus free-flowing drinks throughout the day, including Moët & Chandon Impérial Champagne.

Other Queen Anne Enclosure restaurants include:

  • The Furlong Restaurant
  • The Gallery
  • Pavilion Restaurant
  • The Lawn Club
  • Village Enclosure

The Village Enclosure is a grassed outdoor area with a garden party feel and live music. Here you can find a variety of street food pop-ups, bars and a couple of sit-down restaurants – enjoy everything from artisanal ice cream to sushi, plus champagne from Moët & Chandon. Guests can also choose to pre-order a picnic from Fortnum & Mason, or enjoy a three-course lunch and Pimm’s at The Restaurant In The Village or tapas, build-your-own burgers and afternoon tea at The Villiers Club.

Windsor Enclosure

This enclosure has the most laid-back atmosphere, making it ideal for large groups of friends. There are picnicking lawns and you can bring your own food, though it must be in a picnic hamper or cool bag/box. Here, racegoers can also expect artisan food stalls, champagne and Pimm’s bars, and live music playing into the evening.

Find out more and book at ascot.com