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The Desert Orchid Restaurant

The Desert Orchid Restaurant, described as “British Racing’s Best Bargain” by Alan Lee of The Times, offers racegoers a first-class racing and dining experience with outstanding views to match – yet at great value for money.

The Restaurant Package, from just £69 inc VAT per person, includes:
•Reserved table for the afternoon
•Delicious Carvery
•Haldon Premier Admission
•Free car parking
•Earn 207 R4R Points
Tables for between 2 and 12 guests are available – however, such is the restaurant’s popularity that we definitely advise racegoers to book in advance. Dining packages can be order via our online box office or by calling our Hospitality team on 01392 832599.

The Desert Orchid Restaurant boasts breathtaking views over the racecourse with an unrivalled view of the finishing straight and winning post, allowing guests to enjoy a combination of superb catering and the thrill of a day at the races.

The restaurant also offers tote betting facilities, televised live racing and a fully licensed bar, making it an idea base for the day – your table is yours for the whole afternoon. However, should you wish to venture outside, there is convenient access to the betting ring and paddock.

With the choice between various distinctive yet traditional menus, the Desert Orchid Restaurant caters for all tastes and provides a wonderful setting to enjoy both lunch and all the racing action in style.

The Desert Orchid Sample Menu


Cream of Woodland Mushroom Soup served with a Warm Roll

Smoked Salmon, Atlantic Prawn and Cream Cheese Roulade with a Sourdough Croute

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Main Courses

Herb Roasted Sirloin of Beef with Traditional Yorkshire pudding

Honey Roasted Loin of Bacon with a Parsley Sauce

Roasted Crown of Turkey with Cranberry Sauce

Goats’ Cheese and Caramelised Red Onion Filo Tart with a Balsamic dressed Salad

All Main Courses are served with Seasonal Vegetables and Potatoes

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Dessert and Cheese

Warm Treacle Tart with Vanilla Custard

Triple Chocolate Mousse with a Chocolate and Caramel Sauce

A selection of British Cheeses served with Biscuits and homemade Chutney

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Freshly-brewed Filter Coffee or Tea will be served to guests at the close of their luncheon as desired

Light Afternoon Tea £4.50

Fruit or Plain Scone served with Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam

Selection of Cheese Supplement of £6.50

A selection of British Cheeses served with Biscuits and Chutney

Private Hospitality

A day at Exeter Races provides the perfect opportunity to treat clients, colleagues, family or friends to a memorable day out. Whether looking to build customer relations, impress clients or simply celebrate a special occasion, you and your guests can relax and enjoy superb service and dining in a unique and private setting. Place your bets, savour a delicious meal and enjoy each race from the comfort of your own room!

We value the necessity to provide high quality catering and service to complement all the excitement of a day’s racing and offer a variety of purpose-built suites, all with stunning views and a range of superb hospitality packages for either formal or informal dining.

Each hospitality package includes:
•Use of a private suite for the whole afternoon
•Menu of choice and tea/coffee
•Haldon Premier Admission
•Free Car Parking
To discover more about our individual Hospitality Packages, just click on the subpages on the right... or call the office on 01392 832599.

Hospitality Suites

Our extensive range of tailor-made private hospitality suites are suited to all parties, accommodating from 10 to 100 guests, and can be set up in advance to match your preferred layout.

With 5 new suites, "The River Rooms", offering excellent balcony viewing, and our previous boxes looking into the paddock as well as over the racecourse, all of our rooms are a fantastic place from which to enjoy a raceday. All suites offer a light, welcoming atmosphere and unprecedented views over the racecourse and finishing post as well as the surrounding Haldon Forest, providing a perfect setting from which your guests can soak up all the action.

All suites have closed-circuit television and convenient access to a tote betting point, so you won’t miss a thing. If you do wish to head outside, there is stairway or lift access to the parade ring and betting enclosure just a short walk away.

Each suite contains a fully-licensed bar with friendly waiting staff at your service – wines can be ordered in advance.

Hospitality Packages

Racegoers Finger Buffet
Finger Buffet Lunch with tea, coffee and
biscuits on arrival from £59.00 + VAT per person

Canterdown Cold Buffet
Cold Buffet Lunch with tea, coffee and
biscuits on arrival from £69.00 + VAT per person

Finishing Post Luncheon
Hot Lunch Menu with tea, coffee and
biscuits on arrival and a selection of British
cheeses to follow from £79.00 + VAT per person

Remember, each hospitality package includes:
•Use of a private suite for the whole day
•Menu of choice
•Haldon Premier Admission
•Free Car Parking

Hospitality Sample Menu

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