Owlerton Greyhound Stadium proved its family friendly credentials yet again after picking up a major prize at the 2018 Westside Restaurant and Bar Awards, held at Baldwins Omega on Monday 4 June.
This Sheffield venue won the Best Family Friendly award, presented for the venue’s versatile menu options and the welcome it offers to guests from all generations.
Race nights at the stadium take place every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evening, during the day on Mondays and Thursdays and selected Sundays and bank holidays.
And Owlerton managing director John Gilburn said there is always something for all the family: “We were very surprised to win as we didn’t know we’d been nominated in the category, however it’s a fitting award as we do try to have something for all the family to enjoy.
“Our catering is spot on and the staff are great – it’s the atmosphere we create. You can be in the restaurant and the dogs are running and everyone has got their knives and forks in the air and they’re shouting at the dogs to win.
“Everybody loves coming to the dogs from grandparents to grandchildren. Children just love the dogs and they are really good pets. They want to go and feed them and stroke them and cheer them on.”
Owlerton has recently submitted plans for a £5m banqueting suite, which will become one of the largest entertaining and conference spaces in the city and create up to 200 jobs.
The significant investment by stadium owners A & S Leisure Group Ltd. is part of a company restructuring, which will also see a new casino being built in Manchester at the China Town end of Portland Street.
Work is set to start on the 500-capacity banqueting suite in early June and it is expected to open by Easter 2019. Sheffield-based WMA Architects have been commissioned for the project.
Currently the stadium operates four trackside bars – including the popular Paddock Bar which leads directly on to the trackside terracing to experience the real buzz of greyhound racing and the Panorama Bar, which has one of the best views of the finish line.
The Panorama Bar is next to the critically-acclaimed, 300-cover, glass-fronted Panorama Restaurant where diners enjoy a seasonal menu prepared by highly experienced chefs in Sheffield’s largest restaurant.
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