With The Cheltenham Festival (14-17 March 2017) under way, Cheltenham Racecourse and Jockey Club Catering are ready to cater for 260,000 over the four-day event.
The Festival, which generates an estimated £100million for the local economy, sees an additional 24 marquees erected, including the longest triple deck structure in Europe. The 12 restaurants, 34 temporary kitchens, 75 mobile catering units and 240 private boxes have taken centre stage of the British sporting calendar for the week.
For the second year, guests are savouring the experience in the award winning £45million Grandstand, which includes the Royal Box and exclusive hospitality areas that attracts celebrities and racing elite.
An enhanced version of the sell-out legendary Chez Roux luxury hospitality experience has returned to the Festival led by culinary icon Albert Roux OBE and supported by son, Michel Roux Jr., and granddaughter, Emily Roux.
A focus on local ingredients sees show-stopping menus created across the hospitality and public areas. Examples of local produce include; 100% of the cheese used is produced within 50 miles of Cheltenham; 100% of all of our salmon is cured or smoked within 50 miles of Cheltenham (Severn & Wye and Coln Valley) and all is 100% sustainable Scottish salmon.
In addition to this, The Festival sees the following (estimated) served:
- 42,000 hospitality meals
- 8,000 gallons of tea and coffee
- 5 tonnes of local cheese
- 9 tonnes of British potatoes
Jockey Club Catering recognises that good service is at the heart of The Festival experience and the event is supported by a catering team of 3,500, including 350 chefs and 350 managers. Reflecting the spirit of the local community 750 students have been selected from 20 local colleges to gain valuable experience at the world’s most famous jump race.
Nick Campbell, managing director for Jockey Club Catering commented: “The Cheltenham Festival is always a highlight of the year, nothing compares to the atmosphere or excitement. Having launched the new award winning Grandstand last year and introduced new innovations across the site we are looking forward to hosting the best ever Festival.”
Jockey Club Catering is a joint venture between The Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in British racing, and Compass Group UK & Ireland. The partnership was launched in 2009 with the aim of providing premium quality catering at all 15 of The Jockey Club Racecourses.Back to articles