Countdown to Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Countdown... It's almost here! Are you excited yet?

The unrivalled and electric atmosphere and stunning views might be somewhat lacking for spectators as the first major British horse racing event in our 2021 calendar prepares to kick-off, with this year’s Cheltenham Festival having to be staged behind closed doors.

We may be missing the opportunity to experience in-person sights and sounds, but we can enjoy the spectacle from the comfort of our own homes with much more TV coverage than we are used to.  Watching live sports always goes hand in hand with food and drink. British horse racing is no exception, having become synonymous with haute cuisine, providing a luxury dining experience before and after the sporting action.

Yes, the Cheltenham Festival will be a little different this year. Still, Britain leads the way when it comes to world-famous racing events, and, even watching from behind a screen, we can fully appreciate the equine splendour and feats these incredibly impressive horses achieve.  With a bit of imagination, we can at the same time enjoy the Cheltenham Festival experience to the full, especially when it comes to the cuisine.

To help create the indulgent private-box or finishing post restaurant atmosphere, Plush Pantry offers Cheltenham Festival goers a special three-course lunch delivered to their door, with pre-lunch nibbles and three menus to choose from.  The delicious festival lunches are made by hand, sourcing the absolute best West Country ingredients.  Simply visit our Cheltenham Festival page and select which day you would like and how many meals and all will be prepared and cooked by Plush Pantry’s elite chefs and delivered to your UK address.

Cheltenham Festival Horse Racing celebrate at home menu
cream tea scones jam and cream

The race organisers, the Racing Channel and ITV have tweaked things a little for this exceptional Cheltenham Festival so that the opening race takes place at 1.20 pm each day.  Now that is perfect timing as Plush Pantry’s meals come to you all pre-cooked and just need popping in the oven for 20-30 minutes to re-heat.

The dinner party by post experience is Rebecca Green’s brainchild, one of the leading bespoke outside and event caterers in England’s South West, an area with deep connections with horse racing. Cheltenham’s 2003 Winner of the Champion Hurdle, the late Rooster Booster, was bred and raised just down the road from Plush Pantry in Dorset’s Piddle Valley.

Rooster Booster Cheltenham Race Winner

Rooster Booster – Winner of the Champion Hurdle 2003

Born and raised in our Village in the Piddle Valley.

Photo credit: Wikipedia

Rebecca says, “All of us here at Plush Pantry love our racing, so we want to make it special for everyone at home too. There are nibbles while you wait for your 3-course meal to heat through, a delicious afternoon tea, and champagne to complete your Cheltenham experience!  All you need to think about now is what you will wear!

We hope everyone gets into the spirit of the Festival at Home as it’s vital to support the livelihoods of the many thousands of people who rely on the industry and the welfare of the thousands of thoroughbred racehorses who live and train in Britain.  We want them all to know that we might not physically be at the finishing post, but we are cheering them on and appreciating their efforts from wherever we are.”

Rebecca Green and Charlotte Burk at Cheltenham Festival
Plush Pantry founder Rebecca Green (left) and Charlotte Burke
(PA to Alan King Racing) at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival

To get more information or if you are experiencing any problem placing an order, please call Rebecca on 01300 348526