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.