Michelin-starred Chef Puts Racegoers On To A Winner In The Dining Stakes

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Beverley Racecourse has teamed up with Michelin-starred chef James Mackenzie to bring a season of gastronomic delights to discerning racegoers.

The Chef and Proprietor of Michelin-starred gastropub The Pipe and Glass has created an array of mouthwatering dishes for the award-winning racecourse, reflecting his style of modern British cooking using seasonal produce from his own kitchen garden and herbarium.

Working closely with the racecourse team and catering partner, CGC Event Caterers, James has developed six signature dishes which will alternate through the season, along with a special kitchen “takeover” for 2019’s final raceday on September 24.

The Beverley Races catering team spent an afternoon with James at The Pipe and Glass, at South Dalton, near Beverley, learning how to prepare the exciting new dishes, ahead of the menu’s launch at the racecourse’s second meeting of the season.  

Diners had the chance to meet James and enjoy the delicious new menu in the racecourse’s premier restaurant, The Attraction, which boasts superb views of the track and the historic Westwood from its position on the first floor of the Premier Enclosure.

James said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing a taste of The Pipe and Glass to Beverley Racecourse this season. It’s a great opportunity to showcase the style of food we’re noted for.

“This is the first time we’ve partnered with a venue where our dishes are featured on the menu and it’s very exciting for us. It also gives us the chance to promote East Yorkshire and all its attractions as a great visitor destination.

“Our dishes will alternate so regular racegoers can experience something different during the season.”

The partnership with The Pipe and Glass comes at a time when there are more reasons than ever to visit Beverley Racecourse, with a series of themed meetings offering an unbeatable combination of socialising, sport and first-class hospitality.

Sally Iggulden, Chief Executive of Beverley Racecourse, said: “We’re really excited to be working with James and enabling our guests in The Attraction restaurant to enjoy the fantastic food for which The Pipe and Glass is so renowned.

“We believe it’s the perfect partnership, as we like to think we’re one of East Yorkshire’s leading venues and The Pipe and Glass is the highest-rated eatery in the area.

“So many of our regular racegoers love to make a great meal in The Attraction restaurant the centrepiece of their day out at the races and The Pipe and Glass is a much-loved venue for many of our discerning diners.

“It’s bringing two of their favourite experiences together in one place.”

A former 17th century coaching inn, The Pipe and Glass has been run by James and his wife Kate since 2006. The acclaimed venue was awarded the highly-coveted Michelin Star in 2010 and has retained it ever since.

A former Michelin Pub of the Year, The Pipe and Glass’s other notable accolades include the Good Pub Guide’s National Dining Pub and Yorkshire Dining Pub of the Year, as well as consistently featuring in the Morning Advertiser Estrella Damn Top 50 Gastropubs.

The link-up with The Pipe and Glass continues Beverley Racecourse’s tradition of working with elite eateries. It follows an award-winning, two-year partnership with Winteringham Fields in north Lincolnshire, which raised the profile of The Attraction following a £700,000 investment to extend and refurbish the restaurant.

The quality of dining and service offered at The Attraction contributed to Beverley being named as one of the top racecourses in England and Wales for customer experience in 2018, alongside venues such as Aintree and Ascot.