The Racecourse Price Index: How much does food and drink cost in Newcastle? | Horse racing news
By David Carr
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Racecourse Report: Newcastle Entrance, Food & Pint Prices
Date of visit: Saturday, June 25, 2022
Was it a big day?
The biggest of the year, with ITV on hand for the £150,000 JenningsBet Northumberland Plate, the culmination of an eight-race card offering just £4,000 less than £400,000 in total.
After running Pete Tong, who is described as “Radio One DJ and versatile dance deity”, performed with a 50-piece orchestra. The crowd was estimated at 17,500, the first real turnout for Plate Day since 2019, with last year’s attendance limited to 4,000.
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The Northumberland Plate was run in front of a full crowd for the first time since 2019
How much was the entrance to the portal?
All-purpose dance deities don’t come cheap and you had to pay £60 on the day for a Premier ticket and £40 for the grandstand. Buying at the earliest opportunity in advance brought those prices down to £40 and £25 respectively. Under 18s paid £25.
Other than restaurants/hospitality, what were the food and drink options?
Feeding the 17,500 is quite an effort, as is quenching the thirst of a crowd that is more, shall we say, absorbent than most. To that end, a former betting house has undergone a £2million transformation in recent years into a facility with three bars and a fish and chips shop.
But on a sunny day, the main action was outside, where the main tents specialized in particular drinks. If you wanted Kingstone Press cider you didn’t have to line up behind someone looking for two pints of lager, a Pimms and a Pernod and cassis.
As well as more fish and chips, the de facto food village within the grandstand grounds also had outlets for roast pork, German sausages and Greek street food, as well as a noodle bar Chinese, while there were wood-fired pizzas and more roast pork outside. the weighing room — a little cruel if you were sweating to gain weight.
Those sure to win a few pounds could feast on a deluxe dining room in a fenced-off VIP area on the infield past the winning post, complete with an all-inclusive “grazing menu”. It’s not cheap at £250 per person, but it’s already sold out for Ladies Day next month.
What are the damages?
A water bottle: £2.40
Cheapest pint: Bomber €5.35
Guinness: £5.65 a pint
All drink prices taken at the main bar at the racecourse, or where there are multiple bars, one chosen at random.
How was the burger?
Tasty, with cheese and lots of onions, and so deep it wouldn’t quite fit in the picture.
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A cheeseburger in Newcastle would set you back £5 on plate day
Not bad considering the size of the crowd.
Dan Laws from nearby Newburn said: “First time I’ve been here and we had a margherita pizza. It was £12 but okay I guess. I’d give it a six out of ten.”
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