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£90
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5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

One of the “top class gold-standards for restaurants in the North West” – this luxurious country house hotel, just off the A59 near Preston, has risen to ever-greater prominence over the years, and “its new ownership (The Stafford Collection) promises yet-additional investment”. “With Lisa Goodwin Allen now established as Executive Head Chef, there’s a new vibrancy to the cuisine, with interesting and imaginative new dishes whilst maintaining the best from the past” (established under Nigel Haworth); and “better touching base with its North West roots than it has in recent times”. Over the years the property has been lavishly added-to and refurbished with a result that can seem a bit “naff” or “corporate”, but which mostly gets the thumbs up for giving a “classy” impression. There’s “an exceptionally curated wine list, whose selection is led by MD Craig Bancroft, with plenty of classics but lots of other interesting wines from around the world”. “Will they now get the second Michelin star that they so crave?”

Summary

£92
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5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Lisa Goodwin Allen carries on the excellent tradition” at the North West’s best-known country house hotel, which – since Nigel Haworth stepped back a little from the stoves – is “going from strength to strength”, with cuisine that’s “inventive but not outlandish” (“clever dishes that are incredible on the palate, deeply satisfying in both form and function”). There’s a “hugely varied and interesting wine list too, introduced wonderfully knowledgeably, and giving opportunities for great wine recommendations and ‘flights’”. The location is an old manor house in the picturesque Ribble Valley, which has been much-extended over the years, whose “professional-without-being-overbearing” staff create “a friendly and welcoming experience” (although some longtime visitors feel it’s a “pity they have extended the cosy buildings leaving them less characterful”). “A beautiful experience in a beautiful part of the country”.

Summary

£98
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5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A jewel ’up north!” The North West’s best-known country house hotel “bears comparison with the Gavroches and Watersides of the world (certainly when it comes to the bill!”) – and “even if it’s not yet reached the effortless heights of some of its most famous competitors, the whole approach is so polished, it’s nonetheless a remarkable experience”. Set on the edge of the Ribble Valley, in a much-converted and extended old manor house, the management’s high ambitions inspired a major upgrade a few years ago (“since, usefully toned down somewhat”) and its combination of “sublime cooking” (led by executive head chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen), “passion for wine” (“reflected by MD Craig Bancroft and all his team”) with “true, warm, friendly and totally unstuffy Lancastrian hospitality” means “they truly deserve the many awards they receive”. But are they “pushing too hard for a second Michelin Star”? – there’s the odd gripe about “weird combinations” (“nice to see new ideas, but not a huge success”), or the view that “aiming for technical perfection doesn’t always make for a fun meal”. (In October 2017, after 30 years, Chef/Patron Nigel Haworth announced he is to step back somewhat, taking on a new role as Northcote ‘Ambassador’, with a 50-day per annum commitment to the business).

Summary

£98
 ££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A major decor upgrade for the better” (completed 2-3 years ago) still features in reports on the North West’s most commented-on country house hotel – “a class act” in all respects. “Nigel Haworth (chef/patron) and Lisa Allen (head executive chef) have created the most wonderful menus – world-class yet true to their local roots” – delivered by “excellent but unfussy service”. “I have been visiting Northcote for over 20 years, and have never been disappointed.”

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Owner's description

Nestled in Lancashire's Ribble Valley hills, a warm, true northern welcome awaits guests at this food-lovers' paradise.

The Stafford Collection hotel is also a member of the exclusive Pride of Britain Hotels and Preferred Hotels and Resorts, offering 26 individually styled luxurious bedrooms and suites.

At the heart of our charming country house is the elegant restaurant and exquisite culinary delights created by Executive Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen and the brigade. A comprehensive wine list is compiled by the wine team, led by Managing Director Craig J Bancroft MI.

The Chef's Table offers intimate dining for small celebrations in exclusive surroundings in the beating heart of the kitchen. Diners can watch the drama unfold as culinary masterpieces are plated in front of their very eyes. The hotel also has it's own Cookery School, with inspirational and varied courses throughout the year.

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Northcote at Home

Gourmet Boxes

Enjoy Northcote at your own table...This is your opportunity to experience beautiful gourmet menus by Lisa Goodwin-Allen, in the comfort of your own home. Using the finest seasonal ingredients, the dishes are lovingly prepared and packaged for you to finish at home. Enjoy restaurant quality creations at your own dinner table.

There are two boxes to choose from; the four course Autumn Gourmet Box or the Three Course Classic Gourmet Box; both boxes include a Northcote Loaf and a box of six hand-crafted chocolates. Each box serves a minimum of two people. Wine selections have been expertly matched to the dishes in each box and are available from The Wright Wine Company.

Box delivery is available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through lockdown – orders open at noon a minimum of 10 days in advance of the delivery date and close at 10am on Friday the week before. Please be aware that boxes may sell out before orders close as there are a limited number available.

ORDER AT: https://www.northcote.com/at-home/gourmet-boxes/

 

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £29.00 £36.00
SundayLunch £36.00 £43.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 90.00 Always Available 6

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£13.00 £35.50 £16.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
60, 36, 14
No trainers
65
Yes

The chef

Lisa Goodwin-Allen


Lisa Goodwin-Allen is Executive Chef at Northcote having taken the reins in October 2017 when Nigel Haworth stepped back to take up an ambassadorial role. Lisa became Executive Head Chef in 2015 having worked at Northcote since 2001.


After joining Northcote aged 20, she became chef de partie after a year, junior sous chef the following year then at at the age of 23 was named executive chef, one of the youngest chefs to take on the role in a Michelin starred kitchen at the time. Since then she has helped to maintain the restaurant’s Michelin Star which it has held for over 20 years in total.

Private dining

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
Monday7 am‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Tuesday7 am‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday7 am‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday7 am‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday7 am‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday7 am‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Sunday7 am‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm

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