Dining at Northcote
Northcote's Restaurant is elegant, stylish and sophisticated with views of the garden and distant hills of the beautiful Ribble Valley.
Menus from Nigel and wines carefully selected by Craig.
This is the Northcote Restaurant; fine dining with professional but true Northern hospitality.
Nigel Haworth, not only showcases his own gastronomic brilliance at Northcote, but sets the benchmark for fine dining across the UK. Nigel is now approaching his 30th anniversary at Northcote, with business partner Craig Bancroft, displaying an instinctive understanding of his region and a cultivated awareness for diners’ needs.
Trained in his native county Lancashire at Rossendale Catering College, from there he embarked on a culinary journey which would take him to Switzerland, Gleneagles and the Grosvenor Hotel London, before returning to Lancashire to take a lecturer role at the same college he studied at. 1984 he was offered the Head Chef at Northcote, Ten years on and Nigel was celebrating Egon Ronay Chef of The Year Award, one year later a Michelin Star followed, successfully retained ever since.
In recent times, Nigel has appeared regularly on television, shows such as Saturday Kitchen; Market Kitchen; Paul Hollywood’s Pie & Puds, also making a winning appearance on the popular Great British Menu series in 2009.
Born in Lancashire, trained at Lancaster & Morecambe College and upon graduation she secured her first position, at Holbeck Ghyll in the Lake District followed by the two Michelin-starred Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. It was in 2001 when she first came to Northcote to take up a demi-chef-de-partie position. A series of annual promotions resulted in her attaining the role of Head Chef in 2005. At just 23 Lisa was one of the first women to rise to the ranks of Head Chef in the Michelin-Starred Northcote. Lisa and Northcote’s passion for local produce and regional cooking led her to win such accolades as “Best Chef of The Year” at The Northern Hospitality Awards in 2008 and reaching the finals of “The Roux Scholarship” and “Young Chef Young Waiter” competitions. In 2010, Lisa’s talents shone brightly when she won the hearts of many throughout the UK with her appearance one BBC Two’s popular ‘Great British Menu’, which focused on using the very best local produce from across the country. She was chosen to cook her starter of Wild Rabbit & Leek Turnover with Piccalilli for Prince Charles at the banquet in celebration of the National Trust which was a huge honour and a great achievement. Since then Lisa enjoys TV appearances and demonstrations across the country, recognised as one of the few top female chefs by her peers, though her passion is firmly placed in the Northcote kitchen working alongside her mentor and friend to deliver some of the best food in Britain. As you would expect from a lass who has kept Nigel in line for the last twelve years, she has a natural understanding of local ingredients, harmonious flavours, shot through with a rare wit, humour and imagination, through her technical command and keen awareness of contemporary developments in culinary technique and technology. Matthew Fort refers to her as “the darling of Northcote”
The Northcote Kitchens under Nigel Haworth’s direction have always had deep loyalty to artisan producers and the great larder of Lancashire, with seasonality at its heart. The menus have a core of flavours that need to be true, dynamic with a blend of modern influences. The ultimate aim is to delight our guests with flavours that are memorable, presentation that is sensational and an overall experience that lingers forever.
From Garden to Plate
The gardens are an integral part of the life at Northcote, a place for guests to relax, but just as important they are working gardens, producing as much as possible for the menus to reflect the seasons. For 10 months of they year the gardens, dependent on the weather, will supply: organic salads, vegetables, herbs and fruit which you can enjoy in many of the dishes. As Northcote develops over the next 12 months the gardens will evolve and become a place to escape the fast pace of life, with stunning vistas of The Ribble Valley and an enlightening culinary tour as you walk through Nigel’s kitchen garden. Under the watchful eye of Tom The Gardener and Nigel’s garden design consultant, Theresa Potter the team uses traditional British methods to maintain sustainability.
The wine list is a vital and integral part of the dining experience at Northcote. It is very dear to the heart of the Wine Team, it is this team effort that have put them at the forefront of award-winning wine lists in the UK. The team in question is led by Managing Director. Craig Bancroft and includes Adam Pawlowski, Head Sommelier, Julian Kaye, owner of The Wright Wine Company and Nick Adams, Master of Wine and consultant to Northcote. This is a wine list that is regularly refreshed with a range of wines which offers a healthy mixture of well-loved classics, complimented with new and exciting areas and styles from around the world.More about our wine