Food & Drink At The Racecourse




From the exclusivity and luxury of the Private Boxes to Yorkshire’s famous Fish & Chips from one of the mobile units around the Racecourse. From a glass of Champagne in the Champagne Bar to a pint of good old Yorkshire bitter in the Picnic Enclosure.


Racegoers can also build their own tailor made package to suit their precise requirements with our new Raceday Experiences.


There really is something for everyone to suit every budget! Check out the full range of eateries below.


There are several different dining options at Pontefract Racecourse including The Park Suite or Dine & View, to the more casual Self Service Restaurant in the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure.

The Park Suite

The Park Suite in the Premier Enclosure offers you a reserved table for the whole meeting.

With tables overlooking the Winning Post or the Parade Ring, it’s the ideal choice for those who would like to have a base for the day, whilst enjoying exquisite cuisine.


The Park Suite Experience includes:

  • Premier Enclosure Admission badge
  • 4 course carvery lunch
  • light afternoon tea
  • balconies overlooking the winning post, winners enclosure and parade ring
  • fully air conditioned room
  • in-room totepool betting
  • bar
  • CCTV raceday coverage

The Park Suite is £91 for Midweek/ Monday Evening Fixtures, £94 on Sunday’s and £99 on Ladies Day and Friday Evening’s.


You can view the 2023 menu here.


You can book your place in the Park Suite online. Alternatively please call us on 01977 781307 and we’ll make the booking for you.


Annual Badge Holders and Owners & Trainers with runners on the day can obtain a discount on the Park Suite Restaurant by calling the Racecourse on 01977 781307 to book their table.


The Premier Dining Room

The Premier Dining Room is located in the Main Stand and has tables overlooking the Finishing Straight and the Parade Ring.


Whilst you do not have the table for the full afternoon, it means that you can enjoy some excellent food and then get straight out to the Parade Ring and on to the Course so that you don’t miss a minute of the equine action!


You can view the 2023 menu here.


Did you know that you can buy a voucher for the Restaurant as a Premier Enclosure add on? Why not have a look at all the ‘add-on’ options available here?


The Premier Sports Cafe Bar

The Premier Sports Cafe Bar is situated on the ground floor of the Dalby Stand. It has its own terrace and adjoins the Champagne Bar.


Serving a selection of hot rolls, panini’s, sandwiches and cakes, along with a number of hot daily specials and salads, it’s the ideal place for quick, informal dining while you pick out the winner of the next race!


Dine & View

This package offers smaller groups of private individuals or corporate groups the opportunity to dine in style in one of the Dalby Stand Private boxes.  You and your guests will have a private table reserved for the day, a waitress served luncheon, a private bar facility and enjoy all the racing action from a private viewing balcony, with toilet and betting facilities conveniently located close-by.

Priced at just £125 + VAT per person (discounts apply for under 18s), the Dine & View package offers:

  • Badge Wallet containing the day’s itinerary and general information
  • Reserved Car Parking
  • Entrance to the Racecourse and VIP Dalby Stand Box Badge
  • Three Course Luncheon
  • Light Afternoon Tea
  • Cash Bar Facility
  • Betting Service
  • Racecard & Pen
  • Closed Circuit Television with full race coverage

For further information, click here or email Racecourse Hospitality.

To book the Dine & View package, please telephone Racecourse Hospitality on 01777 247102.


You can view the 2023 menu here.

The Grandstand & Paddock Self Service Restaurant

The only restaurant in the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure is the Self Service Restaurant, located on the top floor of the Main Stand.


You can view our 2023 menus here.

Pizza in the Paddock

The ‘Pizza In The Paddock’ Bar offer freshly cooked pizzas and craft ale. The bar also has its own large terraced area offering racegoers more seating and a fantastic alternative location to watch the racing from.


You can view our 2023 menu here.

The Pavilion

The fabulous new Pavilion Cafe is open in the Picnic Enclosure.


In a previous life, the Pavilion Cafe was initially a betting office but was fully renovated and refurbished during 2020 and now provides one of the best appointed cafes in any Picnic Enclosure at any racecourse.


With hot and cold snacks available and a fully licenced bar, the Pavilion has its own terrace, toilets and tote betting facilities and provides Picnic Enclosure racegoers with a lovely new facility to enjoy the racing from.


2024 menus will be confirmed in March, you can view our 2022 menus here


Sandwiches & Snacks

There are several food outlets and bars throughout the entire Racecourse serving sandwiches and hot snacks.


There are also fast food outlets located in the Grandstand & Paddock and Picnic Enclosures.


There are a number of bars throughout the Racecourse.


Take a look at the locations of the bars on the Map below



Once you’ve decided which Enclosure you’d like to go in, take a look below at the bars in each area:

Premier Enclosure

  • Champagne Bar with a full bar service and a selection of seafood sandwiches
  • Annual Badge Holders Bar with a full bar service.
    The bar itself is for the sole use of Annual Badge Holders, however there is a service point for racegoers using the Premier Enclosure lawn.
  • Lounge Bar with a full bar service
  • Premier Dining Room and Bar
  • Park Suite
  • Premier Sports Cafe Bar with full bar service, tea and coffee and a hot and cold buffet.

Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure

  • Lounge Bar with a full bar service and hot and cold snacks
  • Self Service Dining Room.
  • Furlong Bar with a full bar service
  • Balcony Bar with a full bar service (certain days only)
  • Kiosk Bar with a full bar service and serving sandwiches, sweets and crisps (certain days only)
  • Pizza in the Paddock Bar serving freshly cooked pizzas and craft ale (in the second stand)
  • Lounge Bar with a full bar service (in the second stand)
  • 1st Floor Bar with a full bar service (on the first floor of the second stand)
  • Tea Bar and servery with a full bar service (on the first floor or the second stand)
  • Fast food mobile units including Burgers, Ice Creams etc (varying depending on each raceday)

Picnic Enclosure

  • The Pavilion Bar with a full bar service, tea and coffee, sandwiches, snacks and biscuits.
  • Bar & Servery with a full bar service, tea and coffee, sandwiches, snacks and biscuits.
  • Fast food mobile units including Burgers, Ice Creams etc (varying depending on each raceday)

Drink Aware

Please remember to drink responsibly and pace yourself – allow one soft drink for every alcoholic drink.

Free tap water is available at all bars – if this is not readily available, please ask one of the bar staff who will be happy to serve you.



Our variety of hospitality packages are also perfect for anyone celebrating special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and hen or stag parties, or simply enjoying a day out with friends and family.


We offer a variety of packages for a truly unique and memorable experience. Please click here to find out more about hospitality at the racecourse.

Sunday Family Days

Sundays at Pontefract offer a fantastic chance to enjoy a day out with the whole family. With great racing and lots going on, they are among the most popular days to visit the Racecourse.


We offer a variety of different raceday experiences on our Sunday Family Day Race Meetings – from entry for the whole family to packages in the luxury of the Private Hospitality Boxes in the Dalby Stand!



Or, if you’ve bought an admission ticket or badge, then there’s the option to add on a number of additional items to enhance your Raceday Experience.


For the ultimate Sunday raceday experience, click on the Premier Gold Experience tab below for the best value in racing at Ponte!

Family Tickets

In 2024 we are reintroducing our Family Sundays ticket option! On these Sunday race days (23rd June, 28th July and 18th August), we offer a special Family Ticket.


This costs £28 and admits 2 adults and their children (under 18) into the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure – that’s a total saving of £9!


Family tickets are available:

– Online by clicking here
– Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm from the Racecourse Administration Offices
– 9am to 1pm on the Saturday before the race meeting from the Racecourse Administration Offices.
– Online up to midnight the night before the Race Meeting.


Family Tickets are NOT available on a raceday.




Instead, Family Ticket Holders should park in the park itself and then use the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure Turnstiles. Once in the racecourse, Family Ticket Holders have access to the Parade Ring Area and Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure along with being able to access the children’s entertainment in the Picnic Enclosure.


To book, please click here


Sunday Special

Our Sunday Special offer is only available on our Sunday Family Days.


For just £69 per adult (£32 for Under 18s) your ticket includes:

  • Admission for the Premier Enclosure
  • Racecard
  • Table for the day in the Dalby Stand
  • 2 Course Carvery Lunch


Ladies Day

In 2024, Ladies Day will be on Wednesday 7th August!


Click here to find out what’s happening!


In addition to your Raceday tickets and badges, we have some fantastic add ons available in all areas. Or why not upgrade to our Ladies Day Premier Gold Experience?


Your 2024 Ladies Day Raceday experience can be booked online here once tickets are released after 1st December 2023. Or, if you’d rather, then please give us a call on 01977 781307!

Ladies Day Marquee

In addition to our fantastic Park Suite Restaurant Experience or our Dalby Stand Buffet, why not try the Ladies Day Marquee Experience.

This fantastic experience is one of the best sellers on Ladies Day and includes:

  • Admission to the Premier Enclosure and the Ladies Day Marquee overlooking the Parade Ring
  • Racecard
  • Casual seating
  • Welcome drink
  • A variety of mouth-watering bowl foods (3 per person) plus dessert – menu to follow soon.
  • TV screens and bar
  • DJ after racing

£92 per person


Ladies Day Premier Package

Why not try the Ladies Day Premier Package.


This package costs £53 and includes:


– Admission to the Premier Enclosure
– Racecard
– Seafood Sandwich or equivalent
– Strawberries and Cream
– Glass of Fizz



Gift Vouchers

Struggling to find the perfect present for your loved ones?

If they enjoy racing at Pontefract why not consider purchasing a gift voucher for them.

Here’s a list of what’s available:

  • £10 Gift Voucher
  • £20 Gift Voucher
  • £50 Gift Voucher
  • £100 Gift Voucher

Gift Vouchers are available to purchase here.