At Lime Venue Portfolio, we know a thing or two about how ‘seeing is believing’. Working in the unusual sector, some customers do have pre-conceptions about what a certain venue will be like. It is easy to understand why these pre-conceptions exist, but equally true that these is no better way to wipe them away, than by getting our customers down to see our venues and discover the true possibilities.
It’s therefore very important that we know the venues well too, so it was with great pleasure that our team headed out to experience on of the UK’s most iconic horse racing venues, Aintree Racecourse & Conference Centre.
Upon arrival at Aintree’s, we headed for the Princess Royal Stand before being taken to the restaurant of the same name located on the fourth floor. We we were greeted by a light and airy room with the most stunning panoramic views of the racecourse. From that point on I had high expectations for the day, but particularly the food.
The ability and need for restaurants, venues and attractions to deliver fantastic food that serves a range of different tastes, diets and nutritional requirements is increasing apace. As I myself have an intolerance to gluten, eating out can sometimes be a challenge - missing out of crunchy warm bread rolls and having to make do with another fruit salad for dessert. Fortunately today, The Jockey Club were superb right from the off as they bought out a selection of warm gluten free rolls so that I was able to enjoy my starter along with the rest of my table.
The menu was varied and sounded delicious; everyone in our group had a dilemma deciding on what to have. From the options available, I chose the Haddock Tart, served with the most amazing poached egg and creamy sauce. Other options were a seasonal soup with hints of orange or Italian Hams, beetroot and figs. We were definitely off to a good start.
So on to the ‘mane’ courses and three scrumptious dishes to choose from. The pheasant with parsnip puree, seasonal vegetables and chestnuts was the dish of choice on our table and we all agreed that the stuffing really made the dish. One of our (s)table mates was a vegetarian and the sea bass went down well.
Now to the course I love the most, but that these days always brings with it a feeling of dread as a fruit salad is never too far away from a pastry chef’s mind when they hear that a customer cannot eat gluten. On this occasion however, there were three gluten free dessert options for me to pick from.
I opted for the coconut and passion fruit panna cotta. Served in a vintage themed jam jar, it was beautiful and creamy and satisfied by sweet tooth immensely. Other desserts enjoyed by the rest of the table included a European cheese board and Bramley apple crumble. All rounded off with hot, fresh, fair trade coffee.
With the coffee drank and feeling somewhat under the influence of caffeine, upon leaving I couldn’t resist taking a cheeky photo of a horse that has caught my eye earlier in the day.
Why I'd recommend Aintree?
Aintree offers 14 sunning event spaces and the use of 43 boxes, some of which look directly over the racecourse for all your event requirements from national AGMs, award ceremonies, celebrations and Christmas parties.
- Dedicated event support prior to and during your event
- State of the art AV and free Wi-Fi
- Great catering - even for those with a gluten intolorence!
- Amazing Views and scenery
- Competitive day rates
- Ample free parking for delegates
- Range of suites and rooms to choose from, many overlooking the famous racecourse
- Convenient location - easily accessible from the M57, M58, M62 & M6 and served by its own train station