Last Saturday Vera and I got up early so we could look our best in time for the start of our day at Ascot. It’s only a recommended formal dress code, but as you would expect, we were happy to oblige. There were hair accessories involved, although we didn’t go as far as sourcing special fascinators for the event (those we shall reserve for Royal Ascot next year!).
Once we got off the train, we simply had to pay a visit to the pub next to the station, and have the customary glass of Pimm’s to remind us of the sweet taste of summer.
Some of our colleagues met us in the pub and after one last sip of fruity Pimm’s we headed out into the autumn drizzle. After a somewhat brisk climb of a very steep hill, we caught a glimpse of the Racecourse.
We finally got inside where it was nice and warm, and quite busy which only boosted the excitement.
Soon after the first race was on so we made our way downstairs to be closer to the action.
For the second race we headed back to the Premier enclosure. The height almost made me want to bale (geddit?)
All that trotting around made us hungry, so we got ourselves a burger to go with our complimentary glass of wine.
Lunch resulted in a new-found desire for gambling. I placed a bet on two horses, Blaine (7), and Heaven’s Guest (5). And before you ask: No, I have no knowledge of horse racing whatsoever, and Yes, I pick the ones whose names I like.
My amateur strategy brought me a £7.80 whinny.
Let me know in the comments about a time you’ve experienced beginner’s luck!
Same as above; navy blue and gold BIBA bag (similar one on ebay).
I couldn’t resist taking a picture with those two funny chaps! They were asking me if I’d share it on social media, so, please join me in welcoming them to the blogosphere.
The sun was finally out so we spent some time enjoying the view to the front court.
Later that evening I met my friend Irene in London for dinner and drinks. We didn’t have a booked table so we went to one of our regular places, Busaba Eathai in Soho.
This time we had the Phad phak side (French bean, broccoli, courgette, baby corn, cashew and pine nuts) and only the most spicy food I’ve ever had (try at your own risk) called Pad Kwetio (sen yai noodle, smoked chicken, prawn and shiitake mushroom).
We then went just across the street to Princi for desserts.
I had this amazing Fig and lime cheesecake, and Irene had the creamy Cannoli.
We weren’t quite ready to go home yet, so we dropped in Zebrano to grab a cocktail.
We were definitely won over by the Pornstar Martini – Stolichnaya vanilla vodka, Passoa and apple juice, shaken with fresh passion fruit and passion fruit puree. To make it even better, they serve it with a shot of Prosecco on the side.