11 of the best Melbourne Cup lunches

Can't make it to Flemington to have a flutter on the Melbourne Cup? Then book one of these 11 Sydney venues

Henrys Cronulla
Henrys is named after Henry Tugwell, Cronulla’s first police officer. And, from all reports, he was a rather dapper dude. Channel Henry, who used to patrol the beach on horseback, and doff your bowler hat at the fillies in their finery over a languid Melbourne Cup lunch. Expect Champagne on arrival, a selection of 10 canapes, sweepstakes and lucky door prizes on the day. Cost: $95 per person. Visit henryscronulla.com.au 

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Luke’s Kitchen on Danks St
Join Luke’s Kitchen on Danks Street in leafy Waterloo for a luxurious Melbourne Cup Luncheon. Yes there will be prizes: for Best Hat, Best Tie, Best Dressed and the Lucky Door Prize. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne followed by a four-course lunch.  Beverages will be available for purchase from the bar, which will remain open all afternoon. Cost: $110pp. Visit LukeMangan.com

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Riley St Garage
Celebrate  Melbourne Cup in style at Riley St Garage. All guests will receive a complimentary glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne on arrival, and nine dishes from a menu specially crafted for the event. Enter the sweepstakes and enjoy the build-up before the big race in the Laurent Perrier Champagne games corner. The best dressed should be primed to win prizes. Cost: $155pp parlourgroup.com.au

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The Paddington
Merivale is set for an exciting Melbourne Cup day with more than 30 events across its range of restaurants, bars and pubs. Whether its dressing to win while sipping Champagne or enjoying a bevvie while placing a bet, Merivale has a package to suit. Our pick: The Paddington, where executive chef Ben Greeno will serve up his signature rotisserie. The venue will screen the afternoon of racing live and offer a host of post-Cup party options. Cost: $115.  For more Merivale options, visit merivale.com/melbournecup

The Regatta Rose Bay
Guest speaker and author of In Love, Michelle Rose, will be hosting this year’s Melbourne Cup Day at the Regatta Rose Bay. Those looking for an inspired escape away from the office will appreciate the flute of Laurent Perrier doled out on arrival. The complimentary glass of Champagne will be followed by a sumptuous three-course menu created by executive chef Logan Campbell. Get into the spirit of playing dress-ups for the day to win fabulous prizes from Laurent Perrier, Palm Beach Collection, Cabana Lifestyle and REGATTA Rose Bay. Cost: $165.

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Altitude at the Shangri-La
Get frocked up for lunch at Altitude, where you may miss watching the horses go round on the big screen in favour of ogling that epic view. Start the celebrations with a glass of Champagne on arrival followed by a four-course menu.   Even if you don’t back a winner, you will feel like one in this elegant dining room overlooking the glittering harbour. Put your best foot forward for the Best Dressed  comp and then indulge in a victory lap if you take out line honours. Cost: $195; or $255 with matching wine.  Visit shangri-la.com

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Manly Greenhouse
The newly opened Manly Greenhouse is offering a very glamorous afternoon from its position on the Manly beachfront. The ground-floor Greenhouse will dish up a special Melbourne Cup shared menu, featuring squid ink spaghettini or pork cotoletta with a herb crumb and agrodolce and tiramisu to finish. The chefs will also prepare a canape style offering for those who prefer the rooftop. Cost: $50 for canapes; $89 for ground-floor shared menu. Visit  manlygreenhouse.com.au 

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Drake Eatery
Head to the heart of Bondi Beach to celebrate the Melbourne Cup. Head chef and owner, Ian Oakes has designed a spring menu of six courses, priced at $95 per person, which includes a glass of bubbles on arrival. Watch the trackside action live on the flat screen and embrace the Race that Stops the Nation by entering the sweepstakes and a lucky door prize.  drakeeatery.com.au 

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The William Inglis Hotel
Giddy up. Celebrate Australia’s racing history at the five-star William Inglis Hotel. Located adjacent to the Warwick Farm racecourse in South West Sydney, the hotel is hosting a day of festivities in the Inglis Sales Arena, which features a custom-built pre-parade ring. You can watch the races live on multiple large screens while feasting on a buffet lunch. Race day prizes will also be up for grabs throughout the day.Cost: $75. Visit williaminglis.com.au 

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The Botanist Kirribilli
Local punters will enjoy bunkering down in The Botanist with its fancy canape menu delivered with Mediterranean flare. You will feel like you’re #winning when grazing on canapes that include Pacific oysters, seared scallops, oxtail croquettes and beef tartare with a range of seasonal, herbacious cocktails from the bar menu. The day includes a glass of Champagne on arrival. Cost: $85; plus extra $55 for beverage package. Visit thebotanist.com.au

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SoCal
Dust off your flaccid fascinator and pay attention to the prizes up for grabs under the palms for Melbourne Cup at SoCal. Clink that glass of GH Mumm Champagne on arrival when you gather with the gang for a delicious SoCali feast while watching all the Cup action on the big screen. Share a grazing menu that includes tequila gazpacho, grilled octopus, crab tacos and grilled Morton Bay bugs. Prizes for the best-dressed and sweepstakes also included. Cost: $85; plus extra $55 for beverage package. Visit SoCalSydney.com.au

 

 

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