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Hall of FameSynonymous with confidence, genuine warmth and top-ticket hospitality, Nigel Haworth’s Michelin-starred flagship is a bastion of unbridled generosity, complete with a 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 Goodwin-Allen. We can’t get enough of the Herdwick lamb with sour onions, nasturtium and whey reduction (a new Northcote classic), but there is much more to enjoy here: podded peas with homemade Jersey curd and rose oil; John Dory with clams, Bramley apple and bacon; free-range Yorkshire duck with barley and beer; new season’s cherry soufflé with sheep’s milk and cherry ripple. Artisan North Country cheeses are kept in peak condition, the drool-inducing wine list is a fastidious in every detail, and you can sleep content 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: 14,16,36,60

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