Sodexo Sport & Leisure’s catering and hospitality partners, Ascot Racecourse, has won silver for Best Sports Club/Sports Event Hospitality in the Sports Business Awards 2020.

The award recognised 1711 by Ascot, Sodexo’s joint venture with Ascot Racecourse, and its operation of the Balmoral Restaurant at the racecourse during Royal Ascot 2019.

The 2019 Royal Meeting saw the 1711 by Ascot team work alongside Michelin-starred chef Ollie Dabbous for the first time, with a menu celebrating the best of British Cuisine, including:

  • Roasted beef sirloin, warm horseradish buttermilk and Jersey Royals
  • Scottish smoked salmon, mussel vinaigrette with cucumber and lovage
  • Lemon verbena posset with summer fruits and blossoms 

Paul Paisis-Oakwell, 1711 by Ascot’s General Manager, said: “To see our catering and hospitality team recognised among household names in the sports industry is fantastic and it is no mean feat to achieve this silver award.

Thank you to everyone involved in the running of The Balmoral at Royal Ascot which provided a great guest experience for racegoers in 2019 and to the guests attending the Royal Meeting who make it such a special occasion.

Sodexo has operated catering and hospitality services at Ascot Racecourse since 1998.

The Sports Business Awards started in 2017 and recognise the hard work and accomplishments of individuals and teams who make all sporting success possible.

Sodexo were also represented in the final shortlist for the award with ‘The Dugout’, a hospitality lounge at Brighton & Hove Albion FC which provides guests with a buffet-style food offering before they take seats just behind the home dugout.

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