REVIEWS OF CARLISLE RACECOURSE
Carlisle Racecourse was recently visited by Hilary Pavitt from Love the Races (www.lovetheraces.com) on our first afternoon jumps meeting of the year. Please see her article below.
Carlisle Afternoon Jumps Meeting
Wednesday 9th February dawned a really Ďdreichí day (for all you Sassenachs it means dull, overcast, drizzly, cold, misty & basically miserable weather). Undeterred, we set off about 9.00 am hoping for an improvement but as the morning went on we really wondered if there would be any racing it was raining so hard but as we crossed the Border into Englandwe could see a patch of clear sky over Carlisle! Great, racing again at last!
The racecourse is very easy to reach from the M6, take junction 42 and following the signs for Dalston and the course is there about 5 minutes from the motorway. Huge free car parks right beside the road and very clear signage into the course. Entrance prices vary but £22 is the most expensive, under 16ís are free and Students & OAPís no more than £11. Have a look at their excellent website for more information www.carlisle-races.co.uk theyíve got some excellent Music evenings planned this year so do have a look.
Carlisle like many other courses in the country have had meeting after meeting cancelled and this was their first dayís racing since November so it was great to see such a reasonable crowd for a mid week fixture on poor day weather wise.
We Ė husband Tim Ė and I quickly found our table in the Swifts Restaurant which Carlisle had very kindly provided for us and got settled down to see what the course had to offer. I know I often mention the race card but it is a vital item for a race-goer and I feel a course can be judged on the detail it provides within it.
Having studied the card it was time for lunch and it was a wonderful meal, thank you very much Yvonne and all your staff in particular Natalie, who looked after us so well. There was a good menu with 4 choices for each course, and it was hard to choose but finally we settled on a Goats Cheese & Caramelised Onion Tart for Tim whilst I had a Baked Salmon with Hollandaise & Cheese topping, both excellent! The main courses were no easier and we both picked Herb Crusted Haddock Fillet Ė I love fish! Being boring we both selected the cheese slate for desert. Later on in the day there was a huge tea laid out, delicious sandwiches, two or three huge homemade cakes, fresh scones jam & cream and a never ending supply of hot tea & coffee. Superb food, thank you
On a good summers day the setting is lovely, great views down towards the Fells of the
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