Parade at Chester Racecourse
The CEO of Chester Race Company, Richard Thomas, who has masterminded some of the most forward thinking moves in the racing industry, has bought the best of Manchester to Chester Racecourse, and it’s a rare treat.
A ‘dream team’ has been introduced to the luxurious new venue, Parade, including the chef behind Restaurant MCR, Aiden Byrne, as well as interior designer, Michelle Derbyshire who brought arguably the UK’s most ‘Instagrammable’ bar to Manchester.
‘Parade with Aiden Bryne’ is a totally unique, trackside venue that is being brought to life by the man who was named the youngest chef to ever win a Michelin star, Aiden Byrne.
Parade’s offer includes a totally tailored experience from start to finish, and at the heart of it, an award-winning six course menu.
The menu will change every day and Aiden will take the time to personally serve various courses of the six-dish menu to guests.
Chester Racecourse is said to be world’s oldest horse racecourse in operation and the CEO of Chester Race Company, Richard Thomas, comments: “To mark our 480th anniversary, we wanted to do something really special and Parade is sure to do just that.
“We knew that developing a venue of this calibre required the best in the industry, which was why we turned to Aiden and Michelle in order to bring our ideas to fruition.
“Our team has been working with them around the clock to ensure that this intimate and private space stands out from the rest, from the mouth-watering menu and sensational interior design, right through to the concierge.”
Aiden comments, “We wanted to ensure that Parade is a totally immersive experience from start to finish.
“By being centred at the heart of the track, guests will feel totally absorbed in the action and we wanted to reflect this in the service.
“We will provide guests with an exceptional restaurant experience and my team and I will be making sure we get to every table, taking the time to run through the menu with them personally.”
The project has involved a design collaboration with award-winning interior designer Michelle Derbyshire and A Styled Lifestyle.
The space features a summer garden roof bar and viewing terrace, the perfect position from which to cheer on the runners and riders of the day.
“Being a viewing point for the guests was obviously of paramount importance, so Parade has glazed elevations” explains Derbyshire.
“We needed to keep these windows free from decoration, which is unusual compared to other sites where you would typically decorate the walls.
“The solution we came up with was to shift our focus to the ceiling, which is a beautiful copper colour.
“The overall idea was to create a light, invigorating and luxurious summer space that has a classic feel rather than being trend driven.
“The colour palette is a muted mint green, gold and white paired with plenty of leafy plants.
“This is going to be the point of difference to other venues within the racecourse, which tend to have a darker, more masculine palette.
“There’s an overall air of luxurious comfort at Parade, with a mix of table and lounge seating for guests so that people have a variety of places to sit – from the viewing deck upstairs to the bar and the restaurant.”