10 top finds in Ascot
PUBLISHED: 12:01 13 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:50 13 September 2016
Whenever we set Maureen McLean loose in Ascot we're not sure if she'll be back again… there's a lot to enjoy!
Famous for racing, outside of the horsey calendar Ascot is pretty much a local village with some great shops, restaurants, bars and coffee shops. To be honest, we could actually produce an entire magazine about Ascot, but here’s a little snippet for you!
Throughout the year come rain or shine, you’ll find the Ascot eatery establishments packed with friends having a good old chin wag!
It a really eclectic mix of local shops including a hat and fashion stores, family butchers, bakers, supermarket, off licence to name but a few.
1. Of Course it is
We have to start with Ascot Racecourse. The first race meeting held here was back in 1711. People travel from across the globe to soak up the atmosphere. At Royal Ascot they get through more than 50,000 bottles of champagne, 160,000 glasses of Pimms, 131,000 pints of beer and 5,000 kilos of salmon – we suspect some of our readers may have helped to bump up the statistics!
2. Happy Little Ones
Adam Afriyie MP opened Ascot’s first Montessori Nursery with Mary Brosnan, founder of Snug Nursery Schools. You can tell she has a real passion for learning and educating little ones. The youngest of four siblings, Mary grew up on a farm in the west of Ireland and spent much of her childhood riding ponies and horses so opening up a Montessori school at the Crown Estate on Ascot High Street was the perfect place for her.
3. Strut Your Stuff
Always a hit with racegoers and locals, Bar 1 Ascot has a Trip Adviser Certificate of Excellence for 2016 so not only can you feast and drink, but on a Friday and Saturday night you can boogie on down on the dance floor.
4. Filling Choices
You’ll never starve in Ascot, but if sometimes you just fancy a reasonably priced good old bacon roll for brekkie, or a crusty filled roll for lunch, then Anne Marie Patisserie in the High Street in a real little gem.
5. Cheers Ladies!
We bumped into Fiona Burns and Isobel Moore having a cheeky little glass of wine at Rocksalt Bar and Nightclub in Ascot High Street. Rocksalt provide a range of lunchtime and evening food including tapas and at the weekend they have a late night bar upstairs.
6. Fitting Choice
Fego Caffe is a real hit with locals. We can really recommend their Eggs Benedict and they have a great gluten free menu. If you’ve over -indulged just pop upstairs to the Fitness Space for a spot of personal training or some Hot Yoga!
7. Dream Cars
Motor enthusiasts can head to Station Hill where they’ll find McLaren Ascot. We wonder how many racegoers have ever won enough to make a purchase. A 2016 McLaren 675LT two door coupe will set you back north of £350,000. Perhaps we’ll win a deposit on one, anyway!
8. Make a wish
Little Wishes in Ascot High Street has a great selection of birthday pressies, quirky gifts and children’s toys.
9. Going for Gold
Just off Ascot High Street in Course Road are independent jewellers Ascot Goldsmiths, offering plenty of bling old and new, plus repairs and resizing.
10. Looking Good
Next door to Ascot Goldsmiths is the little oasis of Aura Spa offering a wide range of treatments including Caci Jowl Lift, microderma-brasion and plenty of other lovely treats such as facials and massage.