For those still in possession of their shirts, the four-day Cheltenham Festival offers far more than horse racing.
The thrilling showcase of all that’s best about jump racing – which gets under way on Tuesday and runs until Friday – is about conviviality.
The pubs and restaurants of Birmingham will be packed with punters who travel to Cheltenham by train.
Here are some ideas for how to spend that dough that’s not found its way into the bookies’ satchels.
Prepare for those beers
Get ready for all the pints of Guinness that lie ahead by tucking into a full English breakfast at Cafe Opus, where £8.95 will get you pork sausages, back bacon, flat mushroom, fried egg, hash browns, baked beans, tomato and toast. Wimps can choose pancakes, various egg dishes or mushrooms on toast instead.
1 Oozells Street, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS. 0121 248 3226.
For hungry losers
Even punters who’ve been battered by the bookies will be able to afford the great artisan burgers and craft ales at the Original Patty Men gaff not far from New Street Station. Those in need of a sugar rush might choose the burger served on a glazed ring doughnut. Budget about a tenner for a burger and fries.
Original Patty Men
9 Shaw’s Passage, Digbeth B5 5JG. 0121 643 2546.
If you’ve backed a string of long-priced winners, splash the cash at Michelin-starred Adam’s Restaurant, which has moved to smart new premises and serves brilliant contemporary British food. The tasting menu costs £85 a head and includes delights such as lamb, miso, caramelised onions and fennel. Probably best to book ahead.
New Oxford House, 16 Waterloo St, Birmingham B2 5UG. 0121 643 3745.