Top chef delighted to launch new restaurant at one of UK's best-loved racecourses

A TOP chef who will serve Michelin-starred food to racegoers in one of the UK’s most unique restaurants has spoken of his delight at the level of public interest.

Tom Barnes, executive chef at L’Enclume and Rogan and Co at Cartmel in Cumbria, has spent time working with Simon Rogan on a menu for the new venture.

It will see a glass-fronted pavilion and garden terrace opened at Cartmel Racecourse for the duration of the venue’s four-month season, from which fine food and wine will be served.

Tom said: “Simon and I have worked on a very exciting menu which, along with our teams, we will serve to racegoers on each of the nine race days across the Cartmel season.

“There will be a three-course meal, afternoon tea and we will be incorporating seasonal produce grown on Simon’s 12-acre organic farm in the Cartmel valley to keep dishes fresh and food miles down to a minimum.

“The restaurant is right alongside the finishing straight with breathtaking views, so as well as great food, we are expecting plenty of action and excitement.

“I’m delighted to say that tickets have been selling very well with lots of people keen to enjoy this unique experience.”

Rogan at the Races is a unique collaboration between Simon Rogan and Cartmel Racecourse. It is the first year there has been such an offering and brings a unique twist to a day out at one of the UK's best-loved racecourses.

The only other racecourse at which Rogan and his team will cook food this year is Royal Ascot.

Tickets to the exclusive pavilion have been selling fast, with some dates almost fully booked.

A limited number of tickets are left for the May race days being held on Saturday 25th, Bank Holiday Monday the 27th and Cartmel’s only evening racing of the year on Wednesday the 29th.

Tickets are priced from just £159 and include access to the paddock enclosure, a trackside table, wonderful food, racecards and parking.

You can book your ticket today at

Editor’s notes

Cartmel Racecourse stages National Hunt (jump) racing. There are nine fixtures in the Cartmel racing calendar, commencing on the Whit Holiday weekend in May and running through the August Bank Holiday weekend. Cartmel’s most valuable race, the Cumbria Crystal Cup, is staged during the July meeting.

Racecourse guests can luxuriate in the Louis Roederer restaurant. Located on the first floor of the Grandstand (within the Paddock enclosure), the restaurant has a new look for 2019. With its own private viewing balcony, this restaurant boasts panoramic views of the racecourse, finishing line and parade ring,

For the 2019 race season, the racecourse has announced an exciting new collaboration with Rogan & Co, Simon Rogan’s Cartmel-based Michelin-starred neighbourhood restaurant. Rogan & Co at Cartmel Races will be launched as an exclusive new venue for the 2019 racing season. It will combine the culinary excellence of Rogan & Co with the first trackside hospitality offering at the Racecourse, taking the form of a stylish glass-fronted marquee and garden terrace overlooking the famous finishing straight.

The racecourse is just minutes from the village of Cartmel, which is situated at the southern end of the Lake District Peninsula, close to both the shores of Morecambe Bay and to Windermere.

This press release was issued by 32West on behalf of Cartmel Racecourse. If you have any questions or requests, contact 01229 808306 or 07444 022038..

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