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The service, and timing was really exempla- ry. It seemed that every time we started think- ing of food, rather than the racing below us, our course arrived. The food was certainly going down better than my little flutters on the lovely creatures running. We listened to the commentary. A horse named Hundred Acre Wood. We won- dered if it might have been ridden by Lester Piglet! We were saved from any more comedy by our mains. I had been torn between the fan- tastic looking fish and chips or the steak. I went for the latter giving instructions that I

the side, it was everything he could have wished for. Thankfully we had some time to digest as there was a 30 minute lull between races. The food had clearly inspired Mr C who had by now clocked up a win and a second in the same race. I, needless to say, had not won a penny! The choice of desserts is small but perfectly formed. Cheese is available to those who don’t have a sweet tooth. I went for Choco- late Brownie, which was unctuous and oozey but slightly crispy on the top. Divine, but it needed the vanilla ice cream to help it down. Mr C chose the Banoffee Tart which was served with a banana lolly pop on the side; a banana dipped in chocolate. It was a dessert of champions, although I had to help him with it! By now he was too excited as another of his horses had romped home. My stomach was full (so were Mr C’s pockets!). My pock- ets were not! The restaurant was emptying of its happy diners so we went on our way.

wanted it rare. And so it was served! Brown- ie points for that. Also again for the presenta- tion, which was on a board, with a little jug of béarnaise sauce, a basket of crispy twice cooked chips, skinned tomato and a grilled Portobello mushroom. All very good.

It had been a great evening. Good quality food with some entertainment, and we were only a mile from home. Kempton hosts more fixtures than anywhere else in the UK and the restaurant is open every race day. You can go along to join in the fun and you don’t need to bet, but it definitely does add a different dimension to a night out!

Mr C had the British staple; the mighty Cheeseburger! Clearly home made and served with crispy chips and a chilli relish on

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