Festival Hospitality

Curragh Racecourse Restaurants

As well as a large number of bars and fast-food or snack outlets, Curragh Racecourse provides:

  • The Horseshoe Restaurant on the first floor of the grandstand, for fine dining in two sittings, at 12.00pm and 2.30pm
  • The Champagne Bar & Bistro, beside the parade ring, for fine dining and champagne
  • The informal Silks Self Service restaurant, serving hot meals and snacks, in the Tote Hall
  • Dan Donnelly’s Diner, for quality fast food and baguettes, in the West End Stand
  • A Weeping Thaiger outlet, which serves Thai food, Haagen Daz ice cream and coffees, in the Tote Hall

For the 2009 Irish Guineas Festival, a restaurant package is available. The package costs €110 (including VAT) per person, and includes a car parking pass, a Members Enclosure admission badge, a racecard, a reserved table for the day and a four-course silver service lunch at Curragh’s Horseshoe Restaurant.

KILDARE, IRELAND - MAY 27: Araafa ridden by Alan Munro wins the Boylesports Irish 2000 Guineas Race at The Curragh on May 27, 2006 in Kildare, Ireland.(Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)To book or request more information about the restaurant package for the 2009 Irish Guineas Festival, you can call +353 (0) 45 441205 or email sales@curragh.ie. For details of other corporate package deals available for Irish Classic race days at Curragh, see Irish 2000 Guineas tickets.

Curragh Racecourse Private Suites

For corporate guests at the 2009 Irish Guineas Festival, the Curragh provides a large range of private suites on the Premier Level of the grandstand.

The Derby Club Room is a split-level room with views of the finishing straight and of the Curragh plains. It accommodates up to 160 guests for a seated lunch or 200 guests for a casual buffet, and includes a private tote betting facility.

The St. Leger Suite is suitable for large groups of up to 100 guests. It opens onto the reserved Kildare Balcony, opposite the finishing post, and includes a private tote betting facility. This suite serves buffet lunch only.

Each of the eight Panoramic Suites is glass-fronted, with a shared balcony overlooking the finishing straight, and includes a bar service and closed-circuit TV. Tote betting points are located close by and there is easy access to the bookmakers’ area by lift or stairs. Named after legendary thoroughbred racers, the Panoramic Suites include the:

  • Blue Wind Suite, for up to 10 guests
  • Salsabil Suite, for up to 10 guests
  • Gladness Suite, for up to 20 guests
  • Balanchine Suite, for 24 to 30 guests
  • Generous Suite, for 24 to 30 guests
  • Desert King Suite, for 24 to 30 guests
  • Nijinsky 1 Suite, for up to 35 guests
  • Nijinsky 2 Suite, for up to 35 guests

The two Nijinsky Suites are interconnected and can be opened up to accommodate up to 70. The Desert King and Generous Suites also interconnect and can be joined to cater for up to 60 guests.

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