World Gin Day

7 Jun , 2019 Blog/In the Hotel

As the World celebrates gin day (Saturday 8th June), we’ve quizzed our bar team on their favourite juniper-based tipples and some of our most popular g&ts. Gin has been around since 1689, and although the process of making if differs from distillery to distillery, the ingredients still start with a vodka base which has juniper and other botanicals […]

Lisa’s Spring Tasting Menu

10 Apr , 2019 Blog/In the Hotel

Lisa’s new Menu is a taste of Spring. A delicately presented first course opens Lisa’s Spring Tasting Menu. Spears of hand-harvested Wye Valley asparagus are gently charred and rest next to Leagram’s Day Old Curd. A puddle of sorrel pesto, crunchy toasted sourdough and a flourish of sorrel leaves christen the dish. Wye Valley Asparagus, Sheep’s Curd, Sorrel […]

Mothering Sunday: Five delicious ways to thank Mum

5 Mar , 2019 Blog/In the Hotel

Whether she loves to enjoy fine food and a bit of luxury, or relishes the opportunity to throw a dinner party, we’ve put together our top five delicious gifts that are the perfect way to show her how loved she is. Here are our favourite selection of gifts to make your Mum feel special this […]

Northcote pair on charity Nepal trek

26 Oct , 2018 Blog/Charity/In the Hotel

Two Northcote team members are embarking on the journey of a lifetime as they trek and volunteer in the mountains of Nepal. General manager Craig Jackson and sales director Kaye Mathew signed up for the challenge last year to raise funds for Children of the Mountain charity. The duo set off on Tuesday (23rd October) […]

Northcote’s Ribble Valley Literary Festival was a real page-turner!

23 Aug , 2018 Blog/In the Hotel

What a thriller! Our first literary event, with five events over three days welcomed guests including a broadcasting legend, a countess, a best-selling crime writer, an acclaimed novelist and an award-winning travel and food writer. The plot followed a familiar scenario for each; a warm welcome, a sumptuous meal, a talk from each author to […]

Matthew Fort reviews Lisa’s NEW 6-course Tasting Menu

2 May , 2018 Blog/Food/In the Hotel

Lisa Goodwin-Allen is a kitchen goddess. I’ve always thought so ever since she served up a sequence of brilliant dishes on the Great British Menu, and swept all before her. Rabbit turnover with piccalilli may not sound much, and yet it still sparkles in my memory – light, buttery pastry; delicate juicy saddle of rabbit […]


24 Apr , 2018 Blog/Garden/In the Hotel

by Phil Dewhurst, Head Gardener, Northcote That was a winter I’m glad to see the back of, seemingly relentless rain, hurricane force winds, snow drifts covering the cold frames and temperatures to kill all but the indestructible. Its been cruel up here, we lost two honey bee colonies their hives being blown off the stands […]

Riedel Crystal – Elegance & Extravagance

23 Feb , 2016 Blog/In the Hotel/Wine

Riedel Crystal is a 300 year-old family owned company known for its creation and development of varietal-specific stemware. Riedel Crystal was the first in history to recognise that the taste of a beverage is affected by the shape of the vessel from which it is consumed, and it has been recognised for its revolutionary designs complementing alcoholic beverages and other drinks. Riedel Veritas Series – wine glasses […]

Mixing it up…

4 Jan , 2016 Blog/In the Hotel

Master mixer Mollie Atherton from the Ribble Valley enjoyed a trip to the bright lights of Barcelona after winning a national cocktail competition Pharmacology graduate Mollie Atherton, who was originally going to pursue a career in medical sciences, has won a UK competition for her cocktail mixing skills. As Northcote’s head bartender, self-confessed ‘science geek’ […]

The Algarve for Gourmets

4 Jan , 2016 Blog/In the Hotel

Portugal’s Algarve may not be recognised as a foodie destination, but there’s a lot more to this sun-blessed region of Portugal than sardines and chicken piri-piri, writes Bruce Hawker When British food critic Giles Coren decided to label Portuguese food, ‘the worst on earth,’ last summer in The Times there was uproar here in Portugal, […]