Nottingham (Jockey Club)
Approx no. of meetings
Rail from London (1 hour 40 minutes)
Railway station to Racecourse (3 mile)
Taxis are plentiful - Local taxi firm DG Taxis has a good mobile app.
Single stand including a huge downstairs bar and upstairs Sherwoods restaurant. On the night we attended it was beer festival and there were a large number of pop ups and a music tent. Additionally there is a hospitality suite and an additional bar. Tote throughout and BetFred shop in main stand.
We stayed at the Lace Market Hotel in the middle of town. We would highly recommend for both the rooms and the staff. Many other hotels in town at good rates.
Multiple class tickets, including dining option Sherwoods restaurant, discount in advance.
(1) Return after challenge complete
May 6th Date– UK Tracks Visited (9)
This is the first time Madam and I have attended an evening event and also the first time we had booked dinner in the restaurant during a race day. This was going to a test of our way of doing things. As the event was not going to finish until late, we booked into a fabulous hotel in the Lace Market. The first thing to mention about Nottingham is cheap, plentiful and efficient taxi service. The hotel called a cab at the push of a button, which appeared two minutes later. On our return, DG Taxis mobile app downloaded to my phone got us a cab with a known driver and car registration within 7 minutes of requesting. This is certainly a great benefit when visiting a race track in a new town.
Sherwood's Restaurant is on the top floor of the main stand and has a breathtaking view of the complete track. We were not sat in the window, but with repeater screen around the room, we could still see exactly what we needed. The staff were not just helpful, but were pushing effervescent in their desire to please. The starters were excellent, the main was a carvery and drinks prices which were perfectly acceptable. It is Madam Hoof's birthday this weekend and so the bubbles had to flow.
In between bubbles and bites, we did manage to get our bets on and walk out to the terrace to see the first couple of races. It was not a busy night, but enough people were around to create an atmosphere. We didn't get down to the parade ring until the fourth race and i think a learning point for us is to make sure we get there with enough time to eat first so that we get to see the parade ring for all races.
The last point I want to make about our very enjoyable evening at Nottingham is the people. I have already mentioned the waiting staff, but later in the evening the restaurant manager came to chat to us and make sure we were happy, which we were. When we went to leave, we went to the site office and they arranged a day badge for our collection. Finally, the last word goes to Ian, our tote betting man in Sherwood’s. He was a superstar and his humor and hard work, made our dining and betting experience complete. There is obviously passion at this track and that is what the Hoofs will walk away remembering.