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The Jockey Club Rooms, Newmarket, Suffolk
A stay in The Jockey Club means having access to a famous institution that used to only be open to members. It's a unique opportunity to experience a home-from-home, and a grand one at that, popular with royalty and historical legends alike. The walls are lined with fabulous paintings from Munnings - known as one of England's finest painters of horses - to more recent portraits, including the Queen; an avid horse racegoer and visitor to the Club. Breakfast is tasty and plentiful, and there are good places to dine nearby in Newmarket too. It's an ideal base for horse race enthusiasts but also anyone who loves elegant surroundings with a rich history.
We love taking a tour of The Jockey Club with Frankie from 'Discover Newmarket', learning the intriguing history of all the paintings we've just walked past.
The Jockey Club is in the heart of Newmarket, the home of British horse racing.
By car: around 30 minutes from Cambridge and 2 hours from London and Birmingham or Sheffield. There is free parking on-site.
By train: trains from St Pancras international to Newmarket take around 1 hour 30 minutes, with a change at Cambridge. The Jockey Club rooms are a short walk or taxi ride from Newmarket station. thetrainline.com.
Style & Character
A horse racing enthusiast or someone new to Newmarket and who wants a unique base for exploring the town will fall in love with The Jockey Club Rooms. It's wonderful walking to and from your bedroom in such a historically fascinating institution. The walls are adorned with racing artefacts that are intruging whether you're a fanatic or not.
Service & Facilities
The breakfast staff dress impeccably smartly and are very polite, as you'd expect in a private members' club. Guests get an actual key to unlock both the Club and bedroom; when you come in at night, it feels homely turning your own key in the outside door.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Room two is on the ground floor and has a door opening onto the Club's manicured pretty walled garden. Its bathroom is incredibly spacious too - as big as the bedroom, it's a lovely bright and breezy space to soak in the bath and indulge in the Asprey toiletries.
Club Single, Club Double, Deluxe Double, Kings Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, bathrobe and slippers, Asprey toiletries, hairdryer, TV, desk, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The breakfast room alcoves, with bench seats upholstered in green leather and a few fun equine paintings hanging behind you, are private and cosy, but still offer a nice view of the room. The eggs royale are particularly delicious. Perfectly poached eggs, beautifully balanced hollandaise and tasty juniper smoked salmon on top of lightly toasted muffins.