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Friday, 14 December, 2018

From fizz to cheese on toast – five of the best on the South Downs

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The food and drink at Glorious Goodwood is a large part of the racing experience. Here are five of the best tips for a day of indulgence.

Sussex Charmer cheese on toast

The Sussex Charmer has just won gold at the International Cheese Awards and is set to attract lovers of traditional British fare at Glorious Goodwood, with Rob Harrison serving this delicious cheese on toast. This gorgeous, award-winning melted cheese fills the mouth with lingering flavours, staying on so well at the finish and leaving you wanting more. Find it near the east parade lawn by the parade ring.

Afternoon Tea in The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden in the Richmond Enclosure is a wonderful way to spend some time at Goodwood. Here you can partake in the most exquisite afternoon tea experience, an occasion which has reached new heights of popularity. Be entranced by perfect patisserie, fabulous finger sandwiches and beautifully baked scones (pronounced “skons”). The biggest debate of the day outside the racing is whether it is jam or cream first on your scone.  

Award-winning English sparkling wine

More than five million bottles of wine are being produced annually from vineyards across England and Wales and hailing from Hampshire is a Group 1 performer – Coates & Seely. Their inviting pavilion is in the Gordon Enclosure, just above the parade ring where you can try their super elegant Brut Rosé NV (non-vintage), which is salmon pink in colour and summery in taste with flavours of strawberries and raspberries. The Brut Reserve NV is also beautifully crafted, with citrus fruit and racy acidity. From a magnum – the best size for bubbles – it is absolutely gorgeous.


A long-standing favourite at Goodwood is Bombay Sapphire Gin in its distinctive blue bottle. It is produced at their Laverstoke Mill distillery in Hampshire and on course you can this enjoy this London dry gin with its ten distinctive botanicals, including juniper berries, cassia bark and liquorice. Served with tonic water and lime it delivers a quintessentially English G&T.

Strawberries and cream

Racegoers can enjoy the complimentary strawberries and cream in the Richmond or Gordon Enclosures all week at Glorious Goodwood. It is the middle of the British strawberry season so the timing of Goodwood is perfect for this iconic summer tradition.

Neil Phillips, aka The Wine Tipster

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It is the middle of the British strawberry season so the timing of Goodwood is perfect for this iconic summer tradition

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