Aintree Festival – a couple of restaurant tips

Dedicated racegoers heading for Aintree will have studied the Grand National odds, but we’ve done the research for you when it comes to eating out and have found two culinary gems. First up is The Quarter, which offers a warm welcome and features only the freshest ingredients. Starters and sharing boards have a European accent, while mains feature pasta and pizza, then there’s a sweet deliciousness of desserts to finish.

Racegoer’s tip: Start the day with a hearty breakfast and return for dinner or a takeaway.

Alternatively, head for The Monro, which is known for its racing associations, with Jockey Club employees among the clientele. This award winning gastropub in central Liverpool serves modern British and European style food. You’ll find plenty of game on the menu, shot by the head chef in Wales and lovingly prepared. Dishes are both familiar and inspired, with subtle flavours and tempting choices. Private dining is available and in addition there are quiet dining areas, as well as the bustling locals bar. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.

Racegoer’s tip: Ask nicely and you might get a winning racing tip from the Liverpool/Irish waiting staff!