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Summary

“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).

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

Summary

“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.”

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

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.

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Owner's description

Managing Director Craig Bancroft together with Executive Head Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen and the team are dedicated to their vision of ensuring the perfect experience at Northcote - a renowned small luxury hotel with a Michelin star restaurant situated on the edge of the Ribble Valley, in the heart of Lancashire.


The hotel, a member of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux and Pride of Britain Hotels, offers 26 individually styled luxurious bedrooms. Northcote's restaurant is renowned for its fine cuisine and serves traditional Lancashire recipes with a modern twist, created from local produce. To add to the experience, the Chef’s Table, in the kitchen, offers insights into how the kitchen really operates, and the Cookery School provides a unique and intimate experience where you can learn new skills and dishes in a Michelin star kitchen.

Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
60, 36, 14
10 pm, Sun 9 pm
No trainers
65
Yes

The chef

Lisa Goodwin-Allen


Lisa Goodwin-Allen is Executive Head 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 Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Northcote Restaurant in BB6, Langho by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Northcote restaurant.
andy l
Taken lunch here twice in last four weeks. ...
Reviewed 10 months, 17 days ago

"Taken lunch here twice in last four weeks. Once as a group of six for a celebration and once for a romantic lunch with my wife. As always the excellent value for money provided by the three course seasonal lunch menu did not disappoint. The staff were excellent and the food fab. We are lucky to have this gem in easy access to us. Highly recommended."

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Northcote Rd, Langho, BB6 8BE
Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 7.45 to 9.45; 12 to 2pm; 3pm to 5pm; DINNER Mon to Thurs 7pm to 9.30pm; Fri 6.30pm to 10pm; Sat 6.30pm to 10pm; Sun 7pm to 9pm
Last orders: 10 pm, Sun 9 pm

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