Last month Russell and I were invited to Ascot’s Festival of Food and Wine Race Weekend by Lavazza Coffee.
With more than 40 market stalls offering racegoers a unique day we spent our Saturday indulging in fabulous food alongside the final days of Ascot’s Flat season.
Ascot is just a 50 minuet train ride from Waterloo station, with the race track just a 5 minuet walk from the train station.
We picked up our tickets at the entrance and headed straight to the The Furlong Club located in the King Edward VII enclosure for a coffee and cake overlooking the green.
Because the enclosure is upstairs it offers unsurpassed views of the action before, during and after each race. With seated balconies facing both the Parade Ring and Course offering shelter from the unpredictable British Weather the private bars, seating and atmosphere in the enclosure made the experience extra special. Being able to sit down to enjoy a leisurely drink and watch the horses ensured the long day in heels was comfortable, a God send I'm sure any lady who suffered at the mercy of her heels will appreciate.
As it is the premium enclosure at Ascot men are required to wear a jacket, a collared shirt and a tie. Russell decided to go all out, wearing a dusky purple suit which gained a lot of attention and compliments.
Women are encouraged to wear fascinators or hats - though it isn’t mandatory. I decided to make the most of the occasion and wear a small fascinator, as aside from weddings and Christenings there isn't much chance to wear one now-a-days.
After meeting Yasmin and Matt, our companion adventure couple, we started to pick horses for the six races. We all really got into it and things got a little competitive - especially because Russell and I picked a winner for 5/6 races (pot luck, we promise!).
Half way through the day we recharged our batteries with a very strong Lavazza Espresso Martini at the Bit and Bridle bar and made our way around the many food stalls downstairs.
Although the weather wasn't on our side the day was the most fun we've had in a long long time, and we can't wait to book tickets next year!
If you've never been to the races before give it a go! Trains run regularly from Waterloo and it's a great excuse to get dressed up - you never know, you might win a few races and get hooked like us.