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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Lancashire manor house with global modernist cooking

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

The Ribble Valley north of Blackburn is the location of Northcote, an area that shows rural Lancashire at its most soft-focus, all woodland paths and centuries-old villages, on the fringe of which stands the Victorian manor house that is home to Nigel Haworth's flagship. The place has always aspired to the elevated tone of a classic country house, but successive decorations and development in recent years have achieved a seductive blend of traditional and modern. There are deft design touches everywhere, from a bar that feels a little like a stylish members' club to the handsome extended dining room, where the natural colour tones of wood and foliage, near-abstract contemporary landscape paintings and an icicle chandelier, make for a thoroughly relaxing setting and French windows look out on to the tree-framed terrace. Northcote has always been a team effort, and very much remains one under the triumvirate of Haworth, his general manager and wine man Craig Bancroft, and executive head chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen. When Northcote arrived on the scene, few people took seriously the idea that Lancashire could be a focal point not only for aspirational dining, but in a style to boot that was founded to a great extent on its own regional food specialities. Wasn't it the home of black pudding, crumbly cheese and fish and chips? Well, yes, but who's complaining about those now? If the Lancashire accent has grown fainter with the passing years, that reflects the enormously acquisitive impetus there is in modern British cooking, which might happily source its materials locally, but thinks and invents with a map of the whole world at its disposal. So turn up for Sunday lunch at Northcote, and expect beetroot, shallots and horseradish for sure, followed by roast beef and spuds with Yorkshire pudding, but don't be surprised to see crisp-fried squid and tempura prawns with aïoli and basil oil too, or roast salmon with shiitake mushrooms in soy. On the carte, imagination is given full flight, with thought-provoking combinations of the recherché and the familiar: white beetroot and coconut textures with white chocolate could almost be a modern dessert until its Daurenki caviar is added, while aged wagyu beef tartare comes with a clump of sticky rice. Venison and kohlrabi might be subjected to a distinctly Mexican note with liquorice mole, and an intense savouriness from winter mushroom ragout and caper jam brings out the best in a wing of skate done in the wood-fired oven. For puddings, the kitchen returns to its roots with ginger sponge and caramel custard, or an unforgettably zesty take on lemon meringue pie, while avant-gardists look to a Valrhona chocolate cylinder replete with smoked nuts and salted sheep's milk ice cream.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: Food and Wine Festival
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): Lisa Goodwin-Allen, Nigel Haworth

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 31
  • Wines over £30: 359
  • Wines by the glass: 12

Price guide

  • Starter from: £12.50
  • Main course from26
  • Dessert from: £12.50
  • 3-course lunch from: £33
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 60
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 60

Getting here

M6 junction 31, 9 miles to Northcote. Follow Clitheroe (A59) signs. Hotel on left before roundabout

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Preston, Langho
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