Royal Ascot is back under starting orders and next week the racecourse will once again sing the sweet song of champagne corks popping, betting tills ringing and the roar of a crowd as the horses pound the final strait.
But with only limited crowds able to join The Queen and her family at one of her favourite racecourses, there are ways for racing enthusiasts to enjoy the world-class horse-riding, high fashion and exquisite Michelin-starred dining from home.
Alongside Royal Ascot stalwart chefs Raymond Blanc OBE, Simon Rogan and Ollie Dabbous, Rick Stein will be making his debut appearance in the Royal Enclosure.
The seafood connoisseur has created a menu fit for a Queen that includes an elaborate Fruit de Mer platter and comforting grilled lobster and chips. He will also be recreating roast tronçon of turbot with Hollandaise sauce from his recipe book Rick Stein’s Taste of the Sea, which keen culinary aficionados could try to replicate at home.
‘It is in the English style, simple and probably a nicer way of eating this wonderful fish than anything more elaborate,’ says Stein, adding, ‘I’ve been to Ascot as a racegoer and love it, it’s a highlight of the summer calendar and we’re proud to be part of Royal Ascot week.’
For those who would rather spend more time watching Frankie Dettori race to the finish line than sit on the sidelines cooking in the kitchen, the racecourse has also created luxury hampers to be delivered to your door and transport you straight to the heart of the action.
Think giant wicker baskets overflowing with all the trimmings for a traditional afternoon tea, delicate salmon bilinis, cold meat and cheese platters and delectable additions of Tsar Nikolaj salmon fillet and Prunier Traditional Caviar at extra cost. Bottles of Whispering Angel or Möet and Chandon champagne are included to toast winning bets.
Or to really get the party going with a bang, mixologists have created Ascot ‘Cocktail Boxes’ along with Pernod Ricard with ingredients for the racecourse signature sups, Amalfi Sunset Spritz, Passion Star Martinis, and Espresso Rumtinis.
So get your hats on, bets on and tally-ho!
Visit the Online Ascot Shop to pre-order your hamper here.
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