I am currently absolutely swamped with uni work as it's my final few weeks until I'm finally done for good! I was lucky enough to take some time out, however, for a lovely at the Cheltenham Races. I was invited, along with a few other bloggers, by Ladbrokes to experience the Golden Package on Ladies Day at the races on the 15th March. I couldn't contain my excitement when I received the email asking me if I would like to attend - I had never been to the races before and always wanted to go! And what better way to spend Ladies Day than eating lovely food and placing a few bets?! I was even lucky enough to enjoy the experience with my mum, who is also a blogger, which was amazing as being away at uni means I don't get to see her too much.
We left the house at 7am (yes... 7am) to drive from South West Wales to Cheltenham for the races. I live in Bristol, however I was visiting home in Wales so decided to drive up with my mum instead. In typical Amy style, I managed to tear the ligaments in my ankle just a few days before the races. It was difficult to walk too much on it and I had to wear a huge bulky support but I was looking forward to the races so much that I decided to go anyway. It meant that I had to sacrifice my heels, though, which was pretty annoying!
By the time we arrived, the sun was shining and it was really warm - a beautiful spring day. The traffic was very heavy around the area due to the races so we were a teeny bit late, but the parking was very organised and straight forward which was good.
Our base was at the Festival Restaurant, where we had a table for the entire day. The staff were all really friendly and helpful; the service was super quick and I felt very welcome. The restaurant itself was impressive, with a window overlooking the winner's enclosure and big screens showing the races. The atmosphere in the restaurant was great, and very infectious. So infectious, in fact, that me and my mum bought a lucky dip of bets and decided to get in on the action! The restaurant was buzzing, full of tables and people. Private toilets also meant that we got to avoid the queues! There was also a walking betting service on offer which was a great touch, especially for those who can't make it down to place a bet for every race.
When I think back to the food, my mouth literally waters. It was so good. For my starter I ordered the Coin Valley Tsar salmon, which was incredible. It was a generous portion and the salmon was done perfectly, served with Cheltenham beetroot and horseradish yogurt and topped with caramelised hazelnuts. It went down nicely with a glass of champagne, too!