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2012 John Smith's Grand National Restaurants

It is nearly time to plan for the biggest social event in the calendar, the 2012 John Smith’s Grand National. The 2012 John Smith's Grand National will return to Aintree on Thursday 12th April to Saturday 14th April 2012.

Tickets go on general sale from August 2012.

All-inclusive Dining & Aintree Restaurants

Created with your comfort and enjoyment in mind, there's no better place to watch the racing and enjoy the experience of the John Smith's Grand National meeting than from one of our all-inclusive restaurants. All of our all-inclusive packages include:

  • a course facing facility with viewing balcony;
  • coffee and pastries/biscuits upon arrival;
  • a three-course luncheon;
  • a complimentary bar*;
  • house wine with lunch;
  • afternoon tea;
  • racecard;
  • steeplechase car parking label**;
  • private tote betting.

Manifesto Restaurant (Ground Floor, Amberleigh House)

Enjoy a fine vantage point at Aintree - this expertly placed restaurant features a viewing balcony that overlooks the famous Grand National start. To see where Manifesto Restaurant is situated on the racecourse, please view our Restaurant Location Map.

Sunloch Restaurant (1st floor, Lord Sefton Stand)

Located just past the winning post in one of Aintree's finest grandstands, Sunloch offers views over the entire racecourse from its private balcony, plus live entertainment all day. To see where Sunloch Restaurant is situated on the racecourse, please view our Restaurant Location Map.

Golden Miller Restaurant (1st floor, Earl of Derby Stand)

This restaurant boasts views from its own private balconies overlooking both the racecourse and Parade Ring, and features a full schedule of live entertainment all day. To see where Golden Miller Restaurant is situated on the racecourse, please view our Restaurant Location Map.

Papillon Restaurant (3rd floor, Earl of Derby Stand)

One of the highest restaurants on the racecourse, this spectacular suite offers a private balcony with a birds-eye view over the entire Grand National course from its third floor location, in addition to live entertainment. To see where Papillon Restaurant is situated on the racecourse, please view our Restaurant Location Map..

 Paddock Lodge (overlooking the Parade Ring)

The home of the original racecourse owners, the Topham family, Paddock Lodge is an intimate and special setting for your day at the John Smith's Grand National. Inclusive of a grandstand terrace badge† for watching the racing along with the additional benefits of our all-inclusive restaurant packages. To see where Paddock Lodge is situated on the racecourse, please view our Restaurant Location Map

Sefton Rooms (1st floor, County Stand)

A truly elegant and intimate setting for just 70 diners, capture the excitement of Aintree from a low-level balcony situated directly opposite the winning post. To see where the Sefton Rooms are situated on the racecourse, please view our Restaurant Location Map.

Princess Royal Restaurant (4th floor, Princess Royal Stand)

A firm favourite with regulars to the Grand National meeting and always quick to sell out, with views of the last lengths before the winning post, it's very easy to see why. To see where the Princess Royal Restaurant is situated on the racecourse, please view our Restaurant Location Map.

 *One per couple. **Platinum County Lounge, Earl of Derby and Lord Sefton Stand Seats are charged at an additional cost, subject to availability. Table reservations within all restaurants of less than 10 persons (with the exception of Cloister) will be required to share tables. Should you have any specific access requirements, please inform us at the time of booking.

Other Aintree Restaurants

Our pay-bar restaurants with waitress service are an alternative choice for your day at the John Smith's Grand National meeting.


 Earth Summit Restaurant

The ideal setting to enjoy your day at a leisurely pace. Located to the rear of the County Stand, this package is inclusive of a grandstand badge of your choice**, a Steeplechase car park label*, a delicious buffet-style lunch and light afternoon tea, plus live entertainment. To see where Earth Summit Restaurant is situated on the racecourse, please view our Restaurant Location Map.

Cloister Restaurant

Overlooking the Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure, enjoy a unique insight into the preparations and celebrations of each race. This package is inclusive of a grandstand badge of your choice** for race viewing, a Steeplechase car park label*, an à la carte menu and afternoon tea. To see where Cloister Restaurant is situated on the racecourse, please view our Restaurant Location Map.

UpgradeThe Sunloch Club

Available exclusively on Liverpool Day only, book your place at one of our reserved tables. Featuring a private balcony offering a head-on view of the winning post, you can be at the forefront of the racing action whilst enjoying a hot buffet-style lunch, live entertainment and a light afternoon tea. This package includes a Steeplechase car park label*. To see where The Sunloch Club is situated on the racecourse, please view our Restaurant Location Map.

UpgradeLooking for something extra special to really wow your guests? Why not try one of our Private Boxes in the new and exclusive Amberleigh House.

*One per couple
**11am to start of final race - does not include Champagne , liqueurs and tobacco. All prices are quoted per person and are inclusive of VAT. †Lord Sefton Terrace or Earl of Derby Terrace badge only.
Table reservations within all restaurants of less than 10 persons [with the exception of Cloister] will be required to share tables. All prices are quoted per person and are inclusive of VAT. Prices printed in green indicate VAT rate at 20%, applicable from January 4th 2011.

Please note, there is a £1 booking fee for bookings made online, and a £2 booking fee is applicable to all bookings made at the racecourse or on our Booking Line (0844 579 3001).

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