And we’re off!!! What an enjoyable evening, I don’t normally start a review with that but we had such a fantastic time at the Wolverhampton Racecourse, from the moment we arrived the atmosphere was incredible, outside and within the restaurant.
The Horizons Restaurant has a panoramic view of the racecourse with a TV screen fixed to your table for easy viewing of the race, the restaurant has such a relaxed atmosphere. We were told the table was ours for the evening so feel free to wonder and explore!
We have to admit we’re not experts on betting, especially with horses, but we soon had an agent explaining how it all works and showing us the odds on our screen, without much thought we picked our first horses, Autopilot and Salford Secret! There was going to be 7 races in total and we could bet as little as £2 with this particular agent.
It was apparent that the restaurant had been given a recent refurbishment, beautifully designed and extremely comfortable. The menu offered a choice of four starters, mains and desserts all of which were tempting and included vegetarian options. Head Chef Ashley Farren has only been with the Racecourse for 6 months after a long career at Aston Villa, he changes the menu weekly and uses as much local produce from the Midlands as he can. The food is a modern European style with exceptional quality and presentation.
We chose to dine before the races started, to start I decided on the Crispy salt beef with braised radicchio, dressed leaves served with a soy and honey sauce and Ann chose the smoked trout pannacotta with beetroot marinated salmon gravlax, apple puree and endive salad mustard and dill dressing and sweet corn powder. Both arrived in a very short period of time and accompanied with a good selection of fresh bread, both looked incredible and tasted as good as they looked, a wonderful mix of flavours. The first race had began, watching the race through the amazing panoramic view or close up on the TV screen, we were hooked! The excitement in the room was powerful and so obvious, we had a chance to win a few pounds but you would have thought we could become millionaires! Ann won, Autopilot came third a win of £2.10, we couldn’t wait for the next race!
For our mains I chose the Breast of Chicken with crisp lye bacon, olive and tomato ravioli, crushed peas served with a stilton cream sauce and Ann her favourite Braised Shoulder of Lamb, sweet parsnip puree, confit garlic creamed cabbage served with a rich red wine jus. The presentation once again was exceptional, great care and attention had been put into our dishes, quality tender meat on both dishes mixed with flavours we hadn’t had the pleasure of tasting previously, compliments to Ashley, top marks chef!
We decided to take a break and venture outdoors where you can see the horses who are about to race, an opportunity to look at the fine specimen race horses along with Jockeys, time to make a decision on the next race, I must admit we were choosing our horses on colours and names but we made some good decisions, I had a lucky guess when Little China came in first and boy did I make it apparent that I was way ahead in winnings! We watched the next race outdoors, a very short distance away from the horses who sped past us at what seemed 100mph, once again such a great experience feeling the atmosphere with the cheering and huge encouragement from fellow visitors.
A short walk back to the restaurant for dessert, feeling rather warm after the last win, I chose the Lemon tart with fresh raspberries and crème fraiche, Ann chose Apple Pie with rum and vanilla sauce served with apple and raisin ice cream, both were a perfect finale for our three course delight. My Lemon tart was refreshing and light, just as I wanted, Ann’s Pie looked delicious as the ice cream was slowly melting around the dish, we were so impressed with the staff and food at this restaurant, nothing was too much trouble and everything explained to us very clearly.
Wolverhampton Racecourse offer a three course meal and coffee in the Horizons restaurant, admission and race card all for only £39.95 per person, which is extremely good value for such an amazing evening of entertainment and worth every penny. Accommodation is also available if you wanted to stay for a little longer.
There are several packages available, corporate entertainment, ladies evenings and much more!
We left the racecourse breaking even, which we were fairly proud of considering it was our first race experience, I would highly recommend the Wolverhampton Racecourse for a great afternoon or evening of entertainment accompanied by incredible food in the Horizons Restaurant, overall a truly enjoyable evening and I am sure we will return very soon with friends and family.
Reviewed by Michael & Ann Haines