Newbury Racecourse is supporting local produce with the launch of a menu celebrating food sourced within 25 miles of the venue.
The seasonal menu will be available for two months in the course’s fine dining panoramic Hennessy Restaurant.
The menu, of which key ingredients are sourced from local farms, includes Crayfish from the local River Kennet, Buffalo Mozzarella from Laverstoke Park in Hampshire, Asparagus from Cobb’s Farm in Hungerford, a Berkshire Cheese Table from the Village Maid Cheese creamery near Reading and meats sourced from both the Thatcham Butchers in Newbury and Laverstoke Park.
“We’re fortunate enough to have some of the best produce in the country within our local farms and fields,” comments Martin Bunch, Head of Catering at Newbury Racecourse. “The 25 Mile Menu is a real achievement for us; it capitalises on our commitment to sourcing excellent local, fresh produce without compromising on quality. It also reduces the environmental impact of our catering by reducing our food miles.”
Even the racecourse’s official wine supplier, Berry Bros. & Rudd is based just down the road. “The 25 Mile Menu means we can offer better food to our guests whilst showing support for the region’s food and drink suppliers in front of a national and international visitor audience,” concludes Bunch. “The local community stands at the very centre of our operation and we have a responsibility to the businesses around us.”