Words Victoria Tait
Photography CHARLIE JACKSON
Situated on Racecourse Road adjacent to Riccarton Racecourse, The Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge is famous in Canterbury for its daily roast meals and racetrack connections. However, there’s even more on offer at this privately owned business. This complex includes accommodation, two bars and a restaurant, which each have their own look.
The well-established restaurant and bar Hoofbeats is often frequented by racehorse owners, trainers, jockeys and members of the public alike. It has a welcoming family atmosphere and caters for children with an excellent play area and an extensive children’s two course menu from $10 – healthy and affordable. The bistro’s comprehensive menu includes the best-selling ribeye mignon steak garnished with grilled bacon and mushroom sauce, and the chocolate gateau served with fruit, ice-cream and cream, all at very modest prices. There is also a specials board that changes daily. The bar offers an extensive wine list, spirits, as well as a large range of local and imported beer. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner: pop in for breakfast on a Sunday then head over to the markets at the racecourse.
Feel like a drink before dinner? Or an after-work catch-up? The sports bar offers TAB, gaming machines, pool table and live music on a Friday night and race days. Alternatively, there’s the Carbine Lounge and Bar, the most recent addition to the complex.
Developed in 2011, the lounge bar provides a casual, home-away-from-home atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor areas. It’s a perfect place to meet friends and family for a drink with the option of going next door for a meal. It is also available for functions, both private and corporate.
If you have visitors coming from out of town, the hotel and motor lodge offers 46 studio units, with a rural atmosphere that fits perfectly with the racecourse theme. The rooms are serviced daily, have Sky TV, a phone, hairdryer, tea, microwave, and coffee services. There is ample parking and also a playground for children.
The Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge prides itself on value for money, family-friendly services and looking after the seniors of our community with daily roast specials. See for yourself, and make a date – perhaps to catch the Grand National Racing Carnival Week. Starting August 6th, the grand finale is The Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge New Zealand Grand National Steeplechase on August 13th.