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Summary

A “love-it-or-hate-it” refurb a couple of years ago (most reporters love it), complete with “numerous alterations and extensions” (and the installation of a “flashy bar”) has zhooshed up the North West’s most prominent country house hotel. Lisa Allen’s “effortlessly delicious” seasonal cuisine (“so intense it makes you drool!”) is matched with a “tremendous” and “constantly evolving” wine list, and served “without undue formality” by staff who “couldn’t be more helpful”. Top Menu Tip – “the table d’hote lunch is simply stunning value”.

£96
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Improved , even if it is flashier!” – after some “terrific renovations”, including a new kitchen, the North West’s most prominent restaurant-with-rooms “has moved up a gear” (and it was no slouch before); Lisa Allen’s cooking is “truly gorgeous”, and the “brilliantly compiled” wine list a major attraction in its own right.

£80
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Maintaining the highest standards in all respects”, this long-established manor house restaurant-with-rooms Messrs Bancroft and Haworth’s “flagship” impresses almost all who report on it with its “superbly executed” menu, its “old-fashioned customer service” and its “extensive” selection of wines.

£72
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

Michelin-starred restaurant and country-house hotel Northcote has cemented its reputation as the go-to destination for luxury travel and dining in the UK. Following eighteen months of extensive renovations and refurbishment - including the opening of a new-look restaurant, twelve new bedrooms and suites, a cookery school and an expansive new staff wing - Northcote kicked off 2015 with the launch of the hugely-anticipated Garden Lodge and a showstopping celebration of gastronomy with the annual Obsession event, overseen by Chef Patron Nigel Haworth and Managing Director Craig Bancroft.

During 2014, Northcote was welcomed into the prestigious portfolio of Relais & Châteaux - a luxury collection of handpicked gourmet restaurants and boutique hotels spread throughout the world. With fewer than 600 properties across 60 countries, Northcote has become part of a select group of just 32 locations in the UK portfolio.

In the same year, the interactive Cookery School was launched. Housed within the hotel’s main kitchen - with four stations accommodating no more than eight students for an intimate, handson experience - courses are designed to educate whilst observing all the theatre of the working, Michelin-starred kitchen. Pupils can discover how ingredients are selected, prepared and transformed into the plated works of art that are famously served up on tables at Northcote.

Northcote has become one of the leading gastronomic destinations in the UK, with a stylish, new-look restaurant it sets the perfect platform for stunning plates of seasonal, British fare from Nigel Haworth and Head Chef Lisa Allen. Truly showcasing the bountiful larder of Lancashire, the Michelin-starred restaurant - retaining its star for the 19th year - boasts signature dishes of West Coast scallop, belted Galloway sirloin and Cumbrian roe deer on the popular gourmet and tasting menus.

Take a front row seat at the NEW Chef’s Table, truly an interactive experience. The Head Chef, Sommelier and dedicated Restaurant Team will guide you through each course, sharing their knowledge. They will spoil, entertain and answer any questions as you witness the creation of each and every dish in one of the top kitchens in the UK for not only talent but in cutting edge design.

The Michelin-starred menu is complemented by the enviable Northcote cellar and Managing Director and Director of Wines, Craig Bancroft, matches world-class wines along with Head Sommelier, Adam Palowski MS who recently fulfilled a career goal by becoming a Master Sommelier, a prestigious title only held by 220 people around the world.

The last part of Northcote’s extensive changes was the opening of the hugely anticipated Garden Lodge. An impressive new building in the hotel gardens, the Lodge comprises seven spacious bedrooms and one stunning Master Suite, each with individual terraces and views across the rolling Ribble Valley. With the option of three types of luxury lodgings, every room features king-size beds, oversized bathtubs and rain showers whilst the Master Suite features a separate lounge area with L-shaped sofa and recessed fireplace together with patio doors leading to a beautiful balustrade balcony.

The Garden Lodge can be booked exclusively for groups of 16 gourmands with a celebration package including a Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne reception in the lodge lounge and a celebration dinner in the Louis Roederer Cristal Room. Guest facilities include on-site boot and drying rooms for keen walkers and sportsmen, storage for golf clubs after a round at one of the many local courses and a licensed gun safe for secure storage before and after a shoot in the nearby moorlands. The Garden Lodge is the ideal stop-off on sporting trips from London to Scotland and all rooms, are of course, available to be booked individually thoughout the year.

The iconic Northcote is the country-house hotel of choice for discerning diners and seasoned travellers; an oasis of food and wine served with traditional Northern hospitality from the highly talented team. Exceptional warmth and world class luxury is always guaranteed at Northcote.

Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions,
No
Yes
10 pm, Sun 9 pm
No trainers

The chef

Chef Patron, Northcote


Nigel Haworth, not only showcases his own gastronomic brilliance at Northcote, but sets the benchmark for fine dining across the UK. Nigel is now approaching his 30th anniversary at Northcote, with business partner Craig Bancroft, displaying an instinctive understanding of his region and a cultivated awareness for diners’ needs.


Trained in his native county Lancashire at Rossendale Catering College, from there he embarked on a culinary journey which would take him to Switzerland, Gleneagles and the Grosvenor Hotel London, before returning to Lancashire to take a lecturer role at the same college he studied at. 1984 he was offered the Head Chef at Northcote, Ten years on and Nigel was celebrating Egon Ronay Chef of The Year Award, one year later a Michelin Star followed, successfully retained ever since.


In recent times, Nigel has appeared regularly on television, shows such as Saturday Kitchen; Market Kitchen; Paul Hollywood’s Pie & Puds, also making a winning appearance on the popular Great British Menu series in 2009.

Private dining

Beautifully renovated and refurbished. The Louis Roederer Room at Northcote is the perfect setting for a private occasion where attention to detail is everything.


The entire Louis Roederer Room can accommodate up to 55-60 guests. With our recent extension the room can be split into two individual rooms. The Vintage Room which seats up to 36 and the Cristal Room which seats up to 14. Following recent extension the Louis Roederer Room now has its own private entrance, bar and lounge and outside courtyard area.


The room is ideal for treating important clients, hosting discreet company events or simply gathering family and friends for an intimate celebration – complemented by the finer things in life.


Northcote offers modern British cuisine and holds a Michelin star as well as four AA rosettes.


Room Hire costs from £150 including VAT. A deposit is required to secure the booking.

Northcote Rd, Langho, BB6 8BE
Opening hours

lunch noon - 1.30 pm, dinner 7 pm - 9.30 pm
Last orders: 10 pm, Sun 9 pm

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