Review at the Races: Newcastle Racecourse

By 01/04/2017 Horseracing
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Saturday 18th March was a day of gold, silver and green as Newcastle Racecourse celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in style. The specially-held ‘Pot of Gold’ party delivered heart-pumping action, Irish dancing and green fizz for our bloggers, who enjoyed the day from the luxury of the Grade II listed Brandling House hospitality suite.

Some got lucky with a bet, some just sat back and enjoyed the atmosphere, and everyone had a smashing time. Get an inside peek into a day at Newcastle Racecourse as the North East’s top bloggers break down their Review at the Races.


Surrounded by the greenery of High Gosforth Park, our bloggers spent most of the day in Brandling House, a beautiful manor house that dates to 1762, where they ate and watched the horses whiz by:

“We were that close to the track we could see it from our table, and the bar, betting station and toilets were just a stone’s throw away, which was handy in the heels I was wearing, let me tell you!” – Vanessa, Lipstick and Linguistics

“The Gosforth Park suite was excellent, it accommodated a lot of people without being overcrowded, great views of the racecourse and easy access to seating and the public areas.” – Stephanie, Stephaniefox

“Our table was in a great place, as we had a great view of the course through the spanning windows while being able to see the monitors showing us not only our races, but, of course, Cheltenham too!” – Abbie, Chronically Inspired Life

“I felt like we had the ultimate experience here; greeted by Irish Buck’s Fizz, gorgeous table display and a panoramic view of the full race course from out seats. What more could you want?” – Beth, Polished Couture

Food and Drink

In true St. Patrick’s Day spirit, the menu featured a host of festive, Irish-inspired options. Our bloggers tucked in to a three-course buffet:

“The best bit for me is serving your own gravy – I like plenty, there’s nothing worse than a dry Yorkshire!” – Stephanie, Stephaniefox

“The food was delicious and of a far higher quality than I have previously experienced as part of corporate hospitality days. There were a lot of choices, and on this occasion had an Irish theme. Portion size was good and the presentation was beautiful.” – Debbie, My Boys Club

“Looking at the menu, it was quite Irish themed, and I decided to go with salmon for starters, pork, veggies and a Yorkshire pudding for my main, and then a super indulgent white and dark chocolate torte for dessert. The food was amazing and I can say with confidence that I enjoyed every bite!” – Lucy, Just Lucy’s Life

Dress Code

Half the fun is in the race day fashion, and our bloggers enjoyed dressing up and taking in the wide range of stylish ensembles:

“It was a lush little day – all the lads were suited and booted and the lasses were in their fascinators and fancy frocks.” – Vanessa, Lipstick and Linguistics

“The men were dressed smartly in suits and the women had nice dresses on. It was a smart, dressy occasion. Ideal if you like to get glammed up for the day.” – Chloe, Chloehxx

“I love getting glammed up and, of course, the races are the perfect excuse for it! Everyone looked so lovely, with most women in dresses and the men were either in suits or in smart trousers and shirts.” – Abbie, Chronically Inspired Life

“Although it was quite cold everyone was in high spirits, the men were all dressed up in suits and the girls were in their best dresses. I loved feeling so glam!” – Lucy, Just Lucy’s Life


Hooves a-blur, clutching race cards, throwing your hands in the air in victory – few things can measure up to the race day atmosphere:

“It was exciting and thrilling especially when people’s bets came in!” – Shannon, Cycles With Wolves

“Everyone was in great spirits and happy to be there. The staff were really welcoming, friendly and helpful.” – Chloe, Chloehxx

“There was a lovely atmosphere throughout the day. The racegoers were having a good time but were also respectful, especially when watching the young Irish dancers. It was a very enjoyable, informal occasion and one that I’d be quite happy to repeat.” – Debbie, My Boys Club

Value for Money

For £102, our bloggers enjoyed a great view of the track, filled their boots at a gourmet buffet and were granted access to the winner’s enclosure. All of which amounted to an incredible experience:

“Given that you get a full three-course meal and speedy waiter service when required, as well as access to all parts of the racecourse, to me it seemed a justified price for that added little bit of luxury to your day at the races!” – Shannon, Cycles With Wolves

“In my opinion it was really good value for money and a small price to pay for all it included: our admission ticket to the premier enclosure, reserved seating in the race day restaurant, our welcome drink, our three-course meal, and our racecard.” – Vanessa, Lipstick and Linguistics

“I’ve been to Newcastle races before but I’d definitely think about doing this sort of package next time, because to me it was worth it if you want to have a great day out.” – Beth, Polished Couture