About us

Chester Race Company

Chester Race Company Ltd is a dynamic, constantly evolving and growing organisation. The company is responsible for both Chester and Bangor-on Dee’s historic racecourses along with all catering and conferencing facilities on site. Recognised as a leader in its field, Chester Racecourse was recently named Showcase Champion, an honour awarded for excellence and innovation in British Racing. A diverse and innovative, privately owned leisure and hospitality business, we also manage an on-site hotel, the Holiday Inn Express Chester Racecourse, two award winning on-site bar and dining venues - Restaurant 1539 and The White Horse gastropub, Chester’s largest multi-function space the Pavilion Suite and an award winning catering division, Horseradish. A forward thinking organisation, through a program of continuous improvements we strive to deliver an excellent experience for every customer and visitor.

chesterBET & bangorBET

In 2012, following the sale of the tote, we launched chesterBET and bangorBET and became the first racecourse to manage our own betting operations, allowing us to reinvest any profits in the racecourse.  

On course hotel

Located in the grounds of Chester Racecourse, just a two minute walk from the centre of Chester, the hotel offers an unrivalled location and value for money, with complementary WiFi and parking as standard. A firmly established favourite in the city, occupancy rates continue to run at an average of 95% across the year. A two year total refurbishment program is well underway with all public areas, conference facilities, the bar and guest rooms receiving a complete refresh and upgrade.  

Our restaurants

1539 restaurant bar and late lounge

Open seven days a week from lunch through to dinner with packages available for race days, 1539 restaurant bar and late lounge serves the best in modern British cuisine in contemporary surroundings. 1539 opened in 2008 to public and critical acclaim. A grand room with possibly the finest outlook in Chester, 1539’s floor to ceiling windows offer unspoilt views across the entire course.   

The White Horse Gastropub

Situated at the course, the two-time winner of the prestigious Best Family Friendly Restaurant award, The White Horse gastro pub opens seven days a week from breakfast through to dinner. Serving wholesome, classic dishes, some with a Mediterranean influence, facilities at The White Horse include an elegant conservatory which available for hire, race day packages are available.


In 2009 Chester Race Company established its own in-house catering division Horseradish. Industry recognition quickly followed with an award for Overall Excellence in Racecourse Catering at the National Racecourse Catering Awards. Offering catering and complete event and venue management services, Horseradish has achieved tremendous growth, securing prestigious contracts with key event venues across the North West. Under the Horseradish brand, Chester Racecourse is now the largest provider of Christmas parties in the city, serving more than 11,500 covers at the racecourse alone.