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Hall of FameSynonymous with confidence, genuine warmth and top-ticket hospitality, Nigel Haworth’s Michelin-starred flagship is “consistency personified” and a diamond for “luxurious indulgence”. As a bastion of unbridled generosity, it’s also reaping the benefits of a new cookery school, terraced tables and a stylishly reconfigured dining room, where guests enjoy wave upon wave of “inventive seasonal food”. Haworth himself is a champion of all things Lancastrian and his cooking has always shown proper respect for the calendar, while adding a sophisticated gloss to the region’s big-boned culinary traditions. The result is top-drawer stuff, ably interpreted by head chef Lisa Allen. We never tire of the black pudding and buttered pink trout with mustard and watercress (a Northcote classic), but there is much more to enjoy here: English rose veal tartare with burnt leek and garden sorrel; milk-fed Herdwick lamb with buttermilk, whey, garden peas and mint; Périgord truffle risotto with corn-fed Goosnargh chicken; Yorkshire rhubarb soufflé with rhubarb ripple ice cream. Artisan North Country cheeses are exemplary, the wine list is a fastidious in every detail, and you can “sleep off the excesses” in one of the gorgeous bedrooms. 

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The residents of Blackburn are not especially renowned for being stingy, so it must be sheer good-heartedness that led the team at Northcote to work on such generous mark-ups for its wines. The list is split up traditionally (ie geographically), but it’s well done. There’s plenty of information for those who want it, coupled with a clear layout for those who don’t. France, of course, is well served. But it’s gratifying to see countries such as Portugal and South Africa getting plenty of recognition here, too.

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Northcote Road, Langho ,Blackburn BB6 8BE

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Jun 2015

One of the first things we noticed when having our aperitifs in the bar was an indicator of the kind of unschooled service we would not expect in a Relais et Chateaux establishment and which was unfortunately repeated in one form or another throughout the evening and at breakfast the following morning. Our fizz was inexpertly poured, resulting in drips down the outside of my wife's glass. No attempt was made to remove them. Although the wine flight looked reasonable, my eye was caught by one...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 5

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Nigel Haworth

Proud Lancastrian Nigel Haworth – his signature dish is hotpot – has done more than anyone to put his county on the map. He’s the chef patron of Northcote, a local fine-dining institution, and has boosted the region’s profile with his Ribble Valley Inns – a burgeoning group of country pubs including The Three Fishes at Mitton. Trained at The Ritz and Gleneagles, Haworth also does the catering at his beloved Blackburn Rovers FC.

Essential Details for Northcote

  • Cuisine: British
  • Area: Lancashire
  • Price: £84
  • Wine: £27.5
  • Champagne: £65
  • Dinner: £68/88 (5/7 courses)
  • Private Dining: 40

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