Cheltenham Racecourse launches 'cosy Cotswold pub' for the new racing season

Expect Scotch eggs, wooden beams and a cosy Cotswold pub feel at The Mandarin, Cheltenham Racecourse's first 'walk-in' restaurant, opening in time for racegoers to enjoy at The Showcase 2023.

By Michelle Fyrne  |  Published
The Mandarin will be taking first-come-first-served walk-ins at Cheltenham Racecourse fixtures, with the exception of The Festival.

The Mandarin, Cheltenham Racecourse's very first walk-in restaurant, doesn't require reservations (except at The Festival 2024), but will offer racegoers an upmarket menu, great views and a welcoming 'Cotswold pub' atmosphere. 

Launching at The Showcase in October 2023, The Mandarin is described as taking its inspiration from a traditional country stable with exposed wooden beams, racing artefacts and seasonal food and drink. And it is named after the horse Mandarin who won both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris in 1962.

The new restaurant is just one of the thrilling things to look forward to during Cheltenham Racecourse's new 2023-2024 season

Tables are offered on a first-come-first-served availability, with racegoers able to tuck into pub favourites such as traditional Scotch eggs and the 'local burger', with prices costing from £65 per person for two courses and £85 for three courses, and children’s meals offered at half price.

Situated on the ground floor of Cheltenham Racecourse's main grandstand, in close proximity to the Parade Ring, organisers say The Mandarin has excellent views of the racecourse from its balcony over-looking the home straight.

Ian Renton, managing director for The Jockey Club West, said: 'Everyone at Cheltenham Racecourse is full of enthusiasm as we approach our return for the new season and there is a real sense of anticipation in the air.

'I am sure The Mandarin will provide a fabulous addition to our food and drink outlets. It looks superb as it prepares to accept its first customers at The Showcase.

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