Under starters orders at Punchestown's 'fabulous' new restaurant
Punters at this year's Punchestown Racing Festival will have something extra to look forward to with the opening of La Touche restaurant.
The Kildare racecourse has launched the sit-down restaurant with a panoramic view of the winners' enclosure.
Festival regular Camilla Spiers, from Athy, reckons La Touche is exactly what Punchestown needs.
"It looks fabulous. I've been coming to Punchestown since I was about 2ft high," she told the Herald. "It's almost like home.
"It's gorgeous to see what they've done with the place. Racing is such a big occasion but there's also the fine wine and dining side to it as well.
"Getting glammed up and having a place like this to have a lovely meal with your friends is great."
Trainer and father to jockey Ruby Walsh, Ted Walsh, thinks Punchestown is taking a step in the right direction with the new restaurant.
"It's a lovely place. Some of the other festivals have come on but this is a step in the right direction," he said.
"You expect a place like Punchestown to put on a high standard and it does.
"This is what we've come to expect now. People have these nice facilities and they expect them."
La Touche will be open throughout the five-day festival, which runs from April 25.