Lane Cove Melbourne Cup 2020

Melbourne Cup is on Tuesday, the 3rd of November 2020

It is the race that stops a nation. Well, maybe it used to when it was run at around 2.45 pm (back in the day), but a 3 pm race time means school pick-up time for many and an interruption to those champagne focused festivities.

This year, the race day may be different for some of us. There is no reason why we cannot still get dressed up, and have a COVID-19 safe celebration with a few friends or coworkers (always observing social distancing).

Just being a part of the Melbourne Cup hype is fun, and a great excuse to get together with a group of friends for lunch, gossip, and to show off your new fascinator.

We have put together a guide on Melbourne Cup In the Cove. We have so many options such as dining out, dining in, getting Melbourne cup ready and also the best food for the day after!!!!  At one stage it looked liked venues could not hold Melbourne Cup functions, but from Friday 23 October 2020, hospitality venues such as restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs can take group bookings of up to 30 customers per booking and the number of people per table increases to 30 customers.

With the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions from Friday 23 October 2020,  up to 30 people can gather in an outdoor public place.


Dining Out

The Alcott


Enjoy a three-course sit-down lunch and a glass of champagne or beer on arrival.

The Alcott will have sweeps, prizes and big screens.

Price: $85pp  Time: 12pm – 4pm  Doors Open: 11:45am


Due to COVID regulations, a maximum of 10 people per table and patrons must be seated at all time.

Capacity is limited this year, so we strongly encourage guests to book early to avoid disappointment.

Membership and COVID sign in rules apply. All guests are to provide photo ID on arrival at reception to gain entry and will have their temperature checked. Expect delays on arrival at reception.

If The Alcott Melbourne Cup 2020 event cannot proceed due to Covid-19, all tickets will be fully refunded.

The Alcott is a CovidSafe venue. The Alcott practices the Responsible Service of Alcohol.


Longueville Hotel

Join  The Longy for a spectacular Melbourne Cup Day!
They are serving up an unmissable 5-course lunch with drinks and canapes on arrival, a selection of curated starters and mains, mouth-watering desserts, as well as a cheese platter to finish!
You can check out our full race-day menu and book a table by visiting our website.
Tickets are $99 per person. Bookings here. Terms and conditions apply.

The Diddy (aka Longueville Sporting Club)

The Melbourne Cup is nearly here, and The Diddy can’t wait. It’s always a fabulous day at the club, and this year will be no different. With limited seating available, we suggest you book your table now to secure your spot! Book online or over the phone on (02) 9427 2210 today!  Note if Booking online scroll to the bottom of the page to find the booking form.

More info and Menu here

Catering and Drinks

Are you holding an event at home?  Why not get one of our local caterers to help you out. Here are some ideas…

Bubbles at Porters Liquor Northwood

If you’re entertaining at home this Melbourne Cup or looking to enjoy a glass of bubbles before you head out,  Porter’s Northwood has a range of quality sparkling wine and champagne for all tastes and budgets. Chandon and Moet are now on special in our October catalogue until 27 October.  Pop in-store, or call 9427 1337 for FREE local delivery.

Chargrill Charlie’s

Planning a Melbourne Cup lunch at home or the office?. Please contact the Lane Cove store to order on (02) 8095 9761.

A Cut Above Catering

A Cut Above Catering’s suggestions for Melbourne Cup Day….

Start with some Vegetarian Rice Paper Rolls with Asian Herbs served with Satay Sauce. These are light, fresh and full of flavour. Then some Prosciutto & Pine Nut Risotto Balls with Aoili, everyone’s favourite!

Next set up a table with our Asian Baked Salmon with Lemongrass, Ginger & Coriander and two salads – Kale, Orange & Avocado Salad + Snow Pea, Bean & Pea Salad with Feta & Lemon Dressing. Add some sourdough rolls and organic butter and lunch is served. This is all easy to eat with a fork so your guests can eat on their lap if they’re not sitting at a table.

Then follow with something sweet. You don’t need a lot just a morsel to satisfy those sweet cravings. White Chocolate Rocky Road with Pistachios and Turkish Delight is perfect and looks pretty too.

Then serve our cocktail sausage rolls at race time. How does this sound?

We will deliver to you the morning of the Melbourne Cup. Everything comes with heating and serving instructions, all you need to do is put on your platters and enjoy the day. Orders close this Thursday 1 November  5pm.


Asian Salmon Entertainer’s Pack
1 Salmon Fillet + Kale Salad + Snow Pea Salad
NB All gluten free
Serves 6 adults – $145.00 + GST
Serves 8 adults – $190.00 + GST

Finger Food
Prosciutto & Pine Nut Risotto Balls (30 per pack) $40.00
Pea, Ricotta & Mint Fritters (25 per pack) gf $40.00
Greek Meatballs with Mint & Parsley (30 per pack) $45.00 gf
Beef & Guinness Gourmet Pies (20 per pack) $45.00
Lamb Shank Empanadas (20 per pack) $45.00
Cocktail Sausage Rolls (20 per pack) $40.00
Sweet Potato & Caramelised Onion Quiche (20 per pack) $45.00

Rice Paper Rolls:
5 Spice Duck + Hoisin Dipping Sauce (20 per pack) $59.00
Vegetarian with Asian Herbs + Satay Dipping Sauce (20 per pack) $49.00 gf

Dipping Sauces:
Sumac Spiced Yoghurt 250g $6.00 (Serve with Pea Fritters & Greek Meatballs)
Lemon Aioli 250g $6.00 (Serve with Risotto Balls)

Sweet Treats:
White Rocky Road with Turkish Delight & Pistachios (20 per box) $30.00 gf
Dark Rocky Road with Roasted Walnuts & Toasted Coconut (20 per box) $30.00 gf
NB. All prices are GST exclusive. 10% will be added to your order.

Delivery is free to our local community (Lane Cove, Riverview, Longueville, Northwood, Greenwich)
Elsewhere $25.00 + free delivery for orders over $75.00.


Mobile: 0403 861 117
Facebook Page: ACutAboveCatering

Bern the Chef

Olive Crostini, Rare Roasted Beef, creme fraiche with horseradish & chives, and a tiny heirloom grape tomato…Just one of the snacks you could order

Bern also likes to use Chinese spoons for little canapes as well, keeps canapes separate and spaced out as well as looking beautiful.

Read Bern the Chef & Granny Cooks Covid-19 Response & Information- Covid19ResponseandInformation

Address: Lane Cove Community Hub Building. Lower Ground, 1 Pottery Lane
Mobile: 0402 092 574
Facebook Page: bernthechef


Lillah Middle Eastern

Lillah has Middle Eastern catering plates that will be ideal for the Melbourne Cup.  Check out the options here.

Contact Details
Address:  128 Longueville Road Lane Cove NSW
Facebook: @LillahKitchen
Instagram:  @Lillahkitchen
Email:  [email protected]

Getting Ready for the Race


Make sure you book early at your hairdresser – if you don’t have a local hairdresser then we have some great ones listed in our business directory.

The Beautician

Suppose you’re lucky enough to be heading out for Melbourne Cup this year, pop in for a pro spray tan at The Beautician. On-sale from Tuesday 27 – Saturday 31st October for $35 (normally $45), with various options to suit your skin tone and desired colour depth. If you’re looking for a great do it yourself option at home, the brand new range of Spray Toniqs products have just arrived in the salon. Phone 9420 8880 for appointments.

Pure Flowers

Wear flowers in your hair and celebrate in style! We can create a stunning flower crown or just a few blooms for you to wear to a Melbourne Cup Lunch. Or a traditional yellow rose buttonhole for the men.
Call 9427 8214 or pop by to order your flowers. Pure Flowers is at 3/23-25 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove, between Baker’s Delight and the Cakeman –  just a short walk from The Canopy.

Bella Cove

Heading out to Melbourne Cup or a special event? Smooth your lumps and bumps with a range of shapewear at Bella Cove. Bring your outfit in, and we’ll help you choose the best undergarments to suit and flatter!

Pick A Winner? 

In Lane Cove, we have a Melbourne Cup Expert called MelbourneCupMax (read more here).

Max is known around Australia as MelbourneCupMax possibly because his Melbourne Cup system for selecting the Cup winner has worked for 26 out of the last 31 years possibly because he has memorised the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place-getters for the last 100 100 Melbourne Cups. (Click here to see him tested on Channel 9).

You can buy his Ebook, and on the day of the Melbourne Cup you will be able to access his top six horses (great for a trifecta)


The Day After…


We have a few dishes that might help ease the pain the next morning.

  1. Ground Caffe Lane Cove has a delicious  Brekky burger with bacon, egg, cheese, avo, spinach + onion ring.
  2. Longueville Hotel has THE MANHATTAN “BIG SMOKE” BURGER 220g, American cheese, double smoked bacon, pickled onion, gherkins, tomato, french fries.
  3. Four Frogs Savoury Galette with ham, Swiss cheese and Egg
  4. Lillah Middle Eastern has a great selection of wraps, easy to order online for pick up or delivery. Harissa Marinated Chargrilled Chicken w golden beet slaw, Turkish salsa, cultivated yoghurt, smoked garlic dip (Toum) & chilli zhug
  5. The Alcott has an impressive burger. THE ALCOTT BURGER & FRIES Milk bun, Angus beef double patty, 22 cheddar cheese, tomato, pickle, bacon jam & mayo
  6. The Diddy Chicken  Schnitzel chips, salad + sauce. Can’t beat a good schnitzel
  7. Kasina Korean Eatery has some the yummiest fried chicken in Lane Cove. They have 8 kinds of KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) on offer including original crispy, sweet&spicy, hot&spicy, honey butter, soy garlic, spring onion, hotter than hell and snow cheese that’s dusted with cheese powder.
  8. Now that’s a burger! The Junction Cafe makes a beautiful beef burger.
  9. Chargrill Charlie’s Old Fashioned Chicken Roll. You know, the kind they ate before the salad was invented.
  10. All Encasa’s bocadillos are made to order on freshly baked baguettes – Perfect to pick up for lunch on the go (or dinner). Eye fillet medallions, fried egg, cheese, lettuce, tomato, aioli
  11. Poached chicken sandwich on rye served with fries and sweet chilli from the Sure Cafe in St Leonards. Lane Cove locals get a Love Thy Neighbour discount.
  12. Pho Sam Lane Cove has a lot of great dishes, like crispy skin chicken and tomato rice.
  13. Unwined has a great classic Brekkie roll.
  14. Nothing like a big bowl of noodles after a big day on the bubbles, Wok Passion so many choices
  15. Eden Gardens has a lovely Bacon and egg roll with caramelised onion.

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