Managing Director Craig Bancroft, Executive 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 Pride of Britain Hotels and Preferred Hotels and Resorts, offers 26 individually styled luxurious bedrooms and suites. Northcote’s Michelin star restaurant is renowned for its seasonal dishes, created from the finest produce.


Northcote Road, Langho, Blackburn, Lancashire, England, BB6 8BE

Perfectly located…

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

London – Northcote 4 hours.

Car Parking

Two large car parks available for guests.

Tesla/Electric Car Charging Point

We have two Tesla and and two electric car chargers on site for guest use. The max 13kW connectors are situated on our car park – please let us know if you’d like to use one prior to your stay.

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


Available close to Northcote by pre-arrangement.

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


East Lancashire Corporate Travel 07595 219 728
Lux Private Hire 03333 44 5687
Dimas Travel 07940 582200
Ribble Valley Private Hire 01254 247 777

Northcote Minibus

Service available for local travel by prior arrangement.

Car Hire Partners

Enterprise 01772 272 700

The Area

Forest of Bowland & The Ribble Valley

At the centre of the Kingdom is The Ribble Valley, officially one of the happiest places in the UK. Infused with history and a wonderfully rich heritage, it has become well-known for its scenic countryside, delicious food and beautiful architecture.

The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Ribble Valley covers 300 sq miles of rural Lancashire and North Yorkshire and is right on our doorstep. Escape the crowds of popular locations and experience the grandeur and isolation of moorland hills to stunning, shorter riverside walks. The serenity and tranquility of the area make this a walkers’ paradise.

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The Team

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 J Bancroft MI FIH

Managing Director

Craig, or Mr B as he is fondly known, is director of wine at Northcote, drawing on his vast knowledge for the award-wining wine list. His personal accolades include The Caterer’s Hotelier of the Year 2016. Mr B is hands on and you will often see him welcoming and chatting to guests throughout the day, ensuring his vision of the perfect Northcote experience is enjoyed by all.

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Lisa Goodwin-Allen

Executive Chef

Lisa has worked in the Northcote kitchen since 2001 and has a natural understanding of local ingredients. With her Northcote grounding she creates dishes full of harmonious flavours. A familiar face on tv, you may have seen her as a judge on Great British Menu or cooking with James Martin on his shows.

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Tamas Czinki

Head Sommelier

Tamas’ ever-growing wine knowledge is incredible! He is part of the team who put together Northcote’s award-winning wine list which is constantly reviewed to offer a comprehensive selection for every palate. If you looking for a wine recommendation, Tamas and his team are the people you need!

Jason ‘Bruno’ Birkbeck

Head Cookery School Tutor

From the days of Ribble Valley Inns where he was Group Head Chef, Bruno now runs our popular Cookery School. His years of experience in some of the UKs top restaurants make him the perfect person to guide you through the courses with his friendly humour, extensive knowledge and unique phrases that keeps many students returning to course after course.

Robyn Tomlinson

Senior Events Manager

Robyn has grown up with Northcote, joining as a breakfast waitress over 13 years ago. She now works with our customers and clients to make their events and celebrations exactly as they wish. Her favourite part of her job? Seeing an event come together after all the planning…magical!

Alison Campbell

Head Housekeeper

Alison joined us from a big city centre hotel in 2019 and her passion to make each bedroom sparkle for our guests really shines through. You may not meet the housekeepers during your stay, but they are always working hard to keep Northcote looking its very best!

Bernadett Kovacs

Front Office Manager

Moving north to join us from our sister property The Stafford London, Bernadett feels at home in Lancashire’s countryside. She has worked in hotels across Europe, but says the Ribble Valley reminds her of her roots in Hungary. She enjoys walking and is working her way through the routes in our walking guide.

Stephanie Baron

Head Receptionist

Part of the Northcote team for over 20 years, Stephanie joined as restaurant manager and now heads up the reception team. Living locally, she has lots of ideas for must-see attractions nearby and is one of the friendly faces you will meet first when you arrive or speak to on the phone.

Chris Aspinall

Restaurant Manager

Having arrived at Northcote in August 2020, Chris joined the team from London via Manchester. He has overseen some exciting restaurant projects and has worked at 1, 2 and 3 Michelin-starred restaurants across the country.