Travel Tips

Here are some of our suggestions for restaurants, accommodation and things of interest at the auction houses around the world.

Sales House

Newmarket Restaurants

Newmarket is traditionally not the best location for food. The Fountain Chinese Restaurant is still popular with some, but has been rather left behind by more authentic Chinese restaurants in Cambridge such as the excellent 72 Regent Street (01223 956875), Seven Days (01223 309559) and The Chinese Canteen.

El Guaca (opened 2016) provides a much needed Newmarket alternative with above standard Mexican food. The same management are opening an adjacent Italian restaurant at the end of May 2018, which also promises to be good. Thai Street Café is very popular for fast lunches and provides good value.

Wildwood is part of a nationwide chain, but is one of the better chain restaurants around. The Pantry provides classy bistro style eating from breakfast to late in the evening, and the same management team run The Tack Room restaurant at The National Horseracing Museum, which provides an excellent al-fresco venue on a sunny day.

Out in the country, The Packhorse Inn in Moulton is much liked by some, The Red Lion in Cheveley is popular, and the old favourite The Old Plough in Ashley continues to please as it has done for many years. The Kings Head in Dullingham is back as a popular dining venue.

A little further afield (approx. 7 miles), Il Piccolo Mondo provides really good dining in a convivial atmosphere, but securing a reservation is quite difficult and you often need to book weeks in advance. Newly opened in 2017 is The Weeping Willow in Barrow, which provides top class dining but at the time of writing it is also not easy to get a reservation. The nearest Michelin star dining is in Cambridge with Midsummer House, which has had a revival in recent years.

Montaz in Newmarket is a very consistent and good quality Indian restaurant for both dining in and takeaway.

Newmarket Accommodation

The Bedford Lodge Hotel is for many, the best choice in town. It also has its own health club and swimming pool.

The Heath Court Hotel is functional.

The Rutland Arms Hotel is older but still popular. In early 2018, it was taken over by the owners of The Bedford Lodge and there are likely to be some changes (updating).

There is also a relatively new Premier Inn by the Newmarket Clock Tower.

Newmarket Places of Interest

Discover Newmarket is the central point for Tourist Information in Newmarket and is the town’s official Tour Guide.

The award winning The National Horseracing Museum is in a stunning new location (lottery funded).

Gibsons Saddlery & Horse Requisites.

Traditional men and ladies clothing can be found at Goldings of Newmarket on the High Street.


Deauville Restaurants

Le 21 is a rowdy night out just around the corner from the sales ground and the racecourse.

Le Drakkar is the most famous restaurant in Deauville. It is the place to be seen but the food can be inconsistent. It is perhaps best seen before 11am and after 11pm.

Le Comptoir et la Table serves top class food and faces the Deauville yacht harbour.

Le Bougnat, Dives-sur-Mer, approximately 20-25 minute drive from Deauville serves very authentic French cuisine, much of it meat based and is really excellent. Their offshoot of the same name in Deauville is not considered to be as good.

In Trouville, Les Vapeurs remains a firm favourite with good fish dishes, while La Regence provides fine dining to a high standard. The Trouville Fish Market now serves plates of Fruits de Mer at lunchtimes and is extremely popular throughout the summer (bring your own bread!).

Les Quatre Chats remains a very atmospheric and good destination in the Trouville backstreets.

Deauville Accommodation

Hotel Barriere Le Normandy and Hotel Barriere Le Royal remain the flagships of the town, although they are expensive.

81 L’Hotel was heavily refurbished in 2007.

The apartments at La Closerie offer good value and whilst relatively new, some reports have questioned their recent condition.

Villa Augeval close to the sales with a small pool is always popular with racegoers and sales people, gets booked well in advance.

Deauville Places of Interest

Tennis, golf and walking along the sea front remain popular.

Hiring bicycles is heavily recommended, since Deauville and the approach to Trouville are almost completely flat for easy cycling.

There is an American film festival in early September.

The two racecourses of Deauville and Clairefontaine are both attractive, particularly the latter which is a sea of flowers in August (again, a short and easy cycle ride from Deauville).


Naas Restaurants

Bouchon, which is located above Kavanagh’s pub in Naas serves excellent food in a lovely atmosphere. The Candied Walnut Restaurant & Wine Bar is also a popular choice.

The Bistro at Lawlors Hotel has a great value deal on Tuesdays and Thursdays for their steak on the stone.

A little further afield is Rathsallagh House, Dunlavin which remains popular.

Naas Accommodation

The Osprey Hotel is modern and is still a very popular venue for some, but beware of the noisy exit from the basement bar.

Barberstown Castle, Straffan is more upmarket.

The K Club remains top class and with a renowned golf course.

Naas Places of Interest

The best pub in Naas is Kavanagh’s, centrally located and very popular.

A short drive from Goffs is The Curragh Racecourse.

The Irish National Stud is a short drive away, and also features its world famous Japanese Gardens.



Franzinis in Trim has a good fusion menu and is very popular.


Dunboyne Castle is situated seven miles from the sales and has its own spa.

Places of Interest

Nearby racing at Fairyhouse (across the road from the sales complex), Navan (approximately 15 minutes drive), Leopardstown (approximately 40 minutes drive) and The Curragh (approximately 40 minutes drive).

Trim Castle, a Norman castle on the south bank of the River Boyne is about 30 minutes drive from Fairyhouse.

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Doncaster Restaurants

Tripadvisor suggests some of the top restaurants in area are La Fiesta Doncaster, which is a tapas bar and restaurant, Tratoria Toscana and The Black Bull Inn gastropub.

China Palace serves very good Chinese food, as does China Rose.

Doncaster Accommodation

The Grand St Leger Hotel (01302 364111) is closest to the sales but can be rowdy and of mixed quality.

The Mount Pleasant Hotel is located about 5 miles out of town and just 1 mile from Doncaster Sheffield International Airport and is set in 100 acres of woodland.

The Crown Hotel at Bawtry is nine miles from the centre of Doncaster. It offers a range of rooms of a modern and contemporary design.

Owston Hall is six miles from Doncaster and home to a Championship Golf Course and has its own fitness suite.

Doncaster Places of Interest



Ristorante Pierluigi, Piazza dé Ricci 144, (+39 (0) 66861302) is highly recommended. It takes a bit of finding in the back streets.

Filetti di Baccala (+39 (0) 66864018) does a wonderful deep fried battered cod at four euros a piece. It is very hard to find but well worth the effort particularly as few tourists know it.


Rome Cavalieri, Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101 (+39 (0) 635091) is absolute top end luxury. Taxi drivers may still know it as The Hilton.

Places of Interest