RESTAURANT 1539 at Chester Racecourse has celebrated its first birthday.
The venue, which is named after the year racing first took place in the city, has proved popular with celebrities including Sir Alex Ferguson and the stars of Hollyoaks and Coronation Street.
The glass-fronted, panoramic restaurant has views over the racecourse and is situated over two floors. The ground floor includes a contemporary bar area and dining for up to 200 people, the first-floor area has recently been re-launched as Ruinart at the Roof in partnership with the famous champagne house.
Ruinart at the Roof also includes a decked terrace area above the restaurant.
Since opening, Restaurant 1539 has had a focus on locally sourced produce wherever possible working with North West farmers and suppliers.
This was recognised at the 2009 Chester Food & Drink Awards where Restaurant 1539 won the ‘Best Use of Local Produce in a Menu’ Award.
Phil Dougherty, general manager of Heathcotes Outside said: “We are building up a loyal following for our special events, both Aintree and Cheltenham have been sell-outs. We have also held a number of successful fashion events and last month the boardroom met the dining room for Chief Exec’s Hell Kitchen.”
Richard Thomas, chief executive of Chester Racecourse added: “We are providing something which is really unique here for both race-goers and the dining public of the North West.
“The restaurant is a sell-out for many of our key race meetings but what makes 1539 so special is the fact it is open all year and not just on race days.”