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Northcote Wins 2014 BMW Square Meal Award for Best UK Restaurant

Northcote Wins 2014 BMW Square Meal Award for Best UK Restaurant

Northcote, renowned Lancashire hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant headed up by chef patron Nigel Haworth, has won the 2014 title of BMW Square Meal Award for Best UK Restaurant.

Northcote was voted number one in Square Meal’s annual out-of-London survey, with a total of 2,400 restaurants considered by 1,400 readers, bloggers and a nationwide team of reviewers - ahead of heavyweights L'Enclume, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and The Fat Duck. Northcote was also the only property to have made the list in Lancashire and one of only two restaurants in the north-west.

Having recently completed a year-long refurbishment, which saw the addition of four new rooms, an onsite cookery school, new-look restaurant and staff wing, the win signals the beginning of a new era for Northcote.

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Co-proprietor Craig Bancroft said:

“Over the past 12 months our investors have had the faith to back our vision and now the public is backing the result. Everyone involved, from the ground up, deserves to be hugely proud and we sincerely thank those involved at Square Meal and BMW. This will spur us on to continue delivering great food, wine and hospitality.”

Ben McCormack, editor of Square Meal, said:

“In Northcote we have somewhere that exemplifies everything that British restaurants are doing so well. Nigel and head chef Lisa Allen turn the fantastic produce on their doorstep into stunningly presented, deeply satisfying cooking with a strong sense of locality. And it’s served with true professionalism by Craig Bancroft and his front-of-house team in an atmosphere of genuine hospitality. As Northcote prepares to celebrate its 30th birthday in 2015, there is no resting on laurels or any sense of complacency. We wish the team our heartiest congratulations on this huge achievement, and toast another 30 years of success.”

And at just over two hours from Euston to Preston, Northcote prides itself on being the ultimate gourmet getaway, and is a firm favourite with Londoners and locals alike. As written in the summer edition of Square Meal Lifestyle magazine, “Northcote is number one for so many reasons.”

Top 5...

1. Northcote

2. L'Enclume

3. Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

4. The Fat Duck

5. The Hand & Flowers

Comments on Northcote from the Survey

"It's number one for so many reasons - great food with lovely flavours and textures.  The staff are always knowledgeable and cheerful and always just the right amount of respect.  Back to the food Lisa cooks amazing dishes for my veggie husband.  We have dined in some great restaurants around the country but Northcote is always our favourite.  Lots of great wines offered."
"Delicious food, super friendly and relaxed but efficient service."
"A perfect experience every time!"
"A Gastronomic escape in a contemporary country house. Dishes beautifully delivered with the best of local, seasonal ingredients- truly the best of British with tastes to delight."
"Consistently excellent food and service as confirmed by our regular visits for over 25 years."
"Wonderful and imaginative dishes, beautifully served in comfortable surroundings.   The staff are always welcoming and helpful, and the standard is consistently superb."
"This is my favourite restaurant - I have been eating, drinking and staying with Northcote for 25 years and have always been happy with the amazing food and service.  Always loved the experience and always could have been my first time visiting as everything is always fresh and new.  A warm feeling engulfs as soon as you walk through the door and I love the way that all is taken care of even though you don't always realise there is someone there attending to your every need.  The food is fantastic and has never ceased to be this way - quite a tall order for 25 years.  The wines are superb and the ambience lovely.  I always recommend this restaurant to people and inform them it is my favourite place to dine.  In summary I would say ' I adore the experience every time I visit'."

"Fantastic cooking from both Nigel Haworth and Lisa Allen. New refurbishment gives Northcote an extra edge, and if possible the staff are even better than before."

Posted: 15.07.14
Northcote Shortlisted on ‘Wine List of the Year’

Northcote Shortlisted on ‘Wine List of the Year’

Northcote are thrilled to be shortlisted in the Imbibe and Louis Roederer Champagne Wine List of the Year 2014. This is what the judges thought of Northcote's Wine List:

"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. ‘Some of these are a real bargain!’ exclaimed judge Agustin Trapero of Launceston Place. 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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The final round of judging will take place after Imbibe Live in July, with the winners being revealed in the September/October issue of the Imbibe magazine. The Wine List of the Year presentation ceremony will take place on 9 September at an exclusive central London location.

Posted: 24.06.14
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