About Northcote

Managing Director Craig Bancroft together with Executive Head Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen and the team are dedicated to their vision of ensuring the perfect experience at Northcote - a renowned small luxury hotel with a Michelin star restaurant situated on the edge of the Ribble Valley, in the heart of Lancashire.

The hotel, a member of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux and Pride of Britain Hotels, offers 26 individually styled luxurious bedrooms. Northcote's restaurant is renowned for its fine cuisine and serves traditional Lancashire recipes with a modern twist, created from local produce. To add to the experience, the Chef’s Table, in the kitchen, offers insights into how the kitchen really operates, and the Cookery School provides a unique and intimate experience where you can learn new skills and dishes in a Michelin star kitchen.

Contact Us

Northcote Road,
Langho Blackburn,


Tel: 01254 240 555
Email: [email protected]

Gift Voucher Enquiries:

Tel: 01254 244507
(Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

Perfectly located...

Situated in Lancashire’s picturesque Ribble Valley, officially the centre of the UK.

By Road

Perfectly located for the North West motorway network - only 10 minutes from junction 31, M6.

London - Northcote 4 hours.

By Air

The nearest international airport is Manchester. It has its own rail station with regular services. The journey time by road is around 55 minutes.

Manchester Airport to Northcote - 45 miles.
Blackpool Airport to Northcote - 28 miles.
Liverpool Airport to Northcote - 51 miles.

By Rail

Express services from London Euston (2hrs 8mins), Glasgow Central (2hrs 16mins) and Edinburgh (2hrs 25mins) to Preston.

Preston Railway Station to Northcote:
Direct trains from Glasgow and London - 13 miles
Blackburn Railway Station to Northcote
6 miles
Langho Railway Station:
Direct trains to Blackburn and Manchester - 1/2 mile


Available close to Northcote by pre-arrangement.


East Lancashire Corporate Travel - 07595 219 728
Hi-Life Travel - 01200 400 129
Ribble Valley Private Hire - 01254 247 777

Car Parking

Two large secure car parks available for guests.

Electric Car Service

Bowker BMW electric car complimentary service for local travel arrangements by prior arrangement.

There is also an electric car charging point at Northcote.

Car Hire Partners

Enterprise - 01772 272 700

The Area

Ribble Valley, Lancashire

Discover the beauty and enjoy the tranquility of this unspoiled area of rural Lancashire. With hundreds of square miles of glorious and peaceful countryside, The Ribble Valley is the perfect gateway destination.

Here you can relax in the fresh air, walk the hills, stroll along the riverside paths or explore dozens of ancient villages.

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The People

Northcote is led by passionate and honest individuals who pledge to provide the finest personal service and deliver a gastronomic experience that is standard led, team built and fully sustainable.

Craig Bancroft

Managing Director

Craig arrived at the Northcote in 1983 as General Manager, one of the youngest to hold such post at this time, earning him a Caterer & Hotelkeeper Acorn award in 1987. Renowned for his food knowledge but more for his reputation for pairing Northcote’s cuisine with wines from the award-wining wine list.

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Lisa Goodwin-Allen

Executive Head Chef

Lisa has worked in the Northcote kitchen since 2001 and has a natural understanding of local ingredients and with her Northcote grounding she creates dishes full of exact and harmonious flavours.

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Nigel Haworth

Chef Ambassador

Nigel is regarded as one of the greatest British chefs practising in the UK. He led Northcote’s cuisine between 1984 - 2017 and held a Michelin star since 1996. His food has its true heart in regional artisan production, executed with outstanding gastronomic flair. 

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Award winners...

View some of the awards Northcote and it's team have received over the 30+ years Craig & Nigel have been at the helm.

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The Group

The Northcote Leisure Group is owned by Richard and Lynda Matthewman, Craig Bancroft and Nigel Haworth and comprises of Northcote, Cafe Northcote at the Cathedral, Northcote at the Rovers (banqueting, conference and events at Blackburn Rovers FC), Ribble Valley Inns a portfolio of award-winning food led pubs.

Northcote Leisure Group
Northcote at the Rovers
Ribble Valley Inns
The Three Fishes
The Clog & Billycock
The Bull
The Highwayman