Taking place from Tuesday 19 June until Saturday 23 June, The Royal Ascot is a major event in the British social calendar. The stunning racecourse plays host to 13 of Britain’s 36 annual Group 1 horse races and is the perfect excuse to put your most elegant outfit on and enjoy a day of champagne as you watch the runners and riders racing for glory. With so much excitement it’s probably best to opt for an overnight stay near Royal Ascot and we have five winning options which are dead certs for a successful stay!
Approximately six miles from Windsor Castle, the British Royal Family have close associations with the annual event. The equestrian loving royal family attend everyday and HM The Queen will often have her own horses competing. And if that isn’t enough, this racecourse has movie credentials too as it was the setting for a scene in the musical My Fair Lady and in the James Bond film, A View to a Kill (1985) and Skyfall (2012), where it stood in for Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
Day one features three Group One Races and day two is slightly more gentle-paced withThe Prince of Wales Stakes, which dates back to 1862, the big pull. Thousands of visitors turn out for day three which hosts the historic Golf Cup; Britain’s most important event for racecourse stayers and day four welcomes the Group One Coronation Stakes which was first run in 1840 to commemorate the crowning of Queen Victoria two years earlier. Saturday is the finale of the five-day extravaganza and closes with the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes, known as one of the world’s greatest international sprint races and famously won in 2012 by Black Caviar.
Here are four fabulous Infotel hotels conveniently located for The Royal Ascot.
A traditional 18th Century Inn set on the edge of Windsor Great Park, overlooking Virginia Water Lake, the Wheatsheaf Hotel is in perfect location for Royal Ascot, Royal Windsor, Wentworth and Sunningdale Golf Courses. Plus, it’s just 3 miles from both the M25 and M3, and within easy reach of Heathrow Airport.
A perfect base to explore everything Surrey has to offer, this hotel was established in 1768 as a turnpike inn and witnessed the landscaping and development of the Lake and Park by George III in the late 1700’s into the stunning royal landscape it is today.
A warm atmosphere awaits guests and the Wheatsheaf Hotel is a great choice for those who want somewhere nice to relax and dine! The pub offers a selection of seasonal dishes made from fresh produce including weekday special offers such as gourmet burgers, steaks and cod & chips.
30 minutes from Heathrow Airport, just five minutes from the M3 and of course, in close distance to the Royal Ascot course, the Hilton Bracknell is an excellent choice.
Modern guest rooms feature TVs, work desks and WiFi and the hotel has plenty of ways to relax and unwind after a long day at the races with a swimming pool, sauna, health and beauty room, plus a fitness centre which includes weights and cardio.
The contemporary Larger Restaurant offers a memorable dining experience with a variety of dishes on offer including English, seasonal, and more gastro-style cuisine. And for a more relaxed vibe, the hotel bar serves light snacks along with a selection of drinks.
The Winning Post
Popular with equine fans, try your luck at The Winning Post which boasts a newly refurbished pub, restaurant and inn full of character and charm. It’s situated off the beaten track in Winkfield surrounded by stunning Berkshire countryside and in a great place for Royal Ascot.
The 18th Century building has peaceful bedrooms located at the back of the property. With ultimate comfort in mind The Winning Post features TVs, en-suite bathrooms, WiFi and tea/coffee making facilities. Either full or partial garden rooms are can be booked making this a great option for Royal Ascot.
The inn makes getting something to eat easy with a range of options from a pub-style restaurant or al fresco dining during the warmer months of the year. Ingredients are locally sourced wherever possible and the very best short season produce is also taken advantage of, including asparagus, native lobsters and Dover sole. The UK’s finest ales from the hotel’s Upham Brewery, along with expertly picked wines, boutique spirits and lagers are also available.
The Admiral Cunningham is a family-run traditional English pub with a wonderful large beer garden perfect for summer. Free on-site parking is available.
The Admiral Cunningham is located approximately four miles from the Royal Ascot racecourse. Guest rooms include a TV and tea and coffee making facilities. From Monday to Thursday, guests can start the day with a hearty English breakfast.
You’ll never run out of choice when it comes to food with a whole array of dining options and different menus available. The daily lunch and dinner menu features tapas, burgers and stone baked pizza, while a dedicated Sunday lunch menu offers the very best of Britain with a full roast. On Thursday’s there is a special menu of kebab, tacos and naan rolls, plus a dedicated meat-free menu is also available and proving very popular!
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