The Liverpool favourite will bring its fine dining to Randox Health Grand National Festival this April

The Jockey Club, owners of Aintree racecourse, have teamed up with acclaimed Liverpool restaurant to launch The Art School at Aintree; an exclusive fine dining pop-up that will take place during this year’s Randox Health Grand National Festival (2nd - 4th April). 

The unique hospitality offering will be located in Paddock Lodge, with fantastic views over the famous Aintree Parade Ring - home of the world’s greatest steeplechase.

Paul Askew, founder and chef patron of The Art School, will bring his passion and firm reputation as a pioneer of excellent modern British cuisine to the three-day festival - offering a sumptuous six-course tasting menu and fine wine flight, starting with Champagne andLes Fruits De Meron arrival. 

This will be followed by five courses between each race, matched with wines curated by the team of sommeliers, before racegoers finish their afternoon with a unique Champagne afternoon tea. 

Paul Askew said:“Having spent many years proudly championing all that is great about Liverpool and the North West it was a great honour to be given the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of so many famous names from so many different fields of expertise that have become synonymous with the Grand National. 

“From horse racing to great Northern hospitality, the Randox Health Grand National is a showcase for excellence and I am delighted to bring a new level of gastronomic fine-dining to the former home of Mirabel Topham - Aintree’s most colourful personality.” 

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The Randox Health Grand National Festival begins on Liverpool’s Day, Thursday 2nd April, and culminates on Grand National Day, Saturday 4th April.  

Dickon White, regional director of Jockey Club Racecourses North West, said: “We’re delighted to partner with the number one restaurant in Liverpool and the world renowned and highly respected chef, Paul Askew. Both Aintree and The Art School pride ourselves on delivering the best possible experience and we feel this collaboration will further enhance the quality offered to our racegoers. 

“Our connection with the City of Liverpool is important to us, so we’re excited to bring the very best culinary experience that Liverpool has to offer to the home of the Randox Health Grand National.” 

Hospitality tickets to The Art School at Aintree start from £600 inc VAT, including: 

·      Premier course admission

·      Paul Askew’s six-course tasting menu including Champagne afternoon tea

·      Complimentary Champagnes and premium wine flight

·      Complimentary bar

·      Access to Grandstand Roof for viewing of races

·      Complimentary racecard

·      Private TOTE Betting Facility

·      Complimentary car parking available on request (one car park pass per booking of four

For more information and to book, please visit the website