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Northcote unveils plans for Café Northcote

Posted in on 22nd Mar 2016 by Northcote | 10 Comments

Northcote Leisure Group announces a new brand concept, Café Northcote, which will open early June in Blackburn town centre. Nigel Haworth alongside business partner Craig Bancroft are both delighted to be opening Café Northcote at The Cathedral which will be housed in the new refectory space at Cathedral Court, an £8.5m Cathedral Court Building.


The building forms part of the new £30m cathedral quarter development of cloisters to the Anglican cathedral, which includes grade A offices, a new hotel and public square and gardens, conference facilities and an underground car park. Cathedral court is believed to be the first group of new domestic buildings at any English cathedral for 500 years.

The 78-cover café with outside space is expected to create approximately 15 jobs and 2 apprentice posts. Senior Northcote Manager, Claire Arnold and Senior Chef, Dave Lyons will oversee the operation, with the appointment of Ben King as General Manager and Andy McCarthy as Head Chef. In addition, a partnership with Blackburn College is planned for work placements and training opportunities.

“We will offer modern café food with an eclectic feel, always staying loyal to our local producers and suppliers” said Nigel Haworth, who will create the menu and café offerings. The new seven-day operation will serve breakfast, lunch, coffees, teas, cakes and hot drinks and lunches to go. It will open initially from 7.30am until 5pm weekdays, Saturday 8.00am to 6.00pm and Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm

Artist impression of Cafe Northcote

The interior has been designed by Kathrine Haworth Interiors in conjunction with Cooper8 Consultancy and aims to use sustainable materials with local trade people. The colour scheme, in honey and orange tones, together with a three-dimensional honeycomb wall design behind the service counters, will reflect the town’s economic history through its symbol, the bee. The Blackburn Coat of Arms shows three bees in flight, the bee is an emblem of skill, perseverance and industry. The coat of arms depicts the rich heritage of the textile industry and these together form the base of the design concept.

Nigel said “We are delighted to finally be working in partnership with Lancashire’s cathedral as part of this exciting development it gives us the platform to launch our brand new vibrant café concept, championing local produce and Blackburn’s heritage, we cant wait to be part of bringing Cathedral Court to life.”

Northcote fully intends to play a full part in the ‘Blackburn and Darwen: Breaking Boundaries, Nurturing the New’ – the new brand for the towns launched today (22/3/16) www.blackburn-darwen.org.uk

Follow facebook.com/cafenorthcote and twitter.com/CafeNorthcote for all the up to date news on Café Northcote.

Blackburn Cathedral Quarter


  1. Kay Smith says:

    What an exciting idea. Can’t wait to try it and bring visiting friends from other areas to look round the Cathedral and sample the Cathedral cafe. Great!

  2. Marian Wilson says:

    Good News ! Looking forward to visiting your new cafe when it opens in June. Will make it worthwhile having a day out to Blackburn.

  3. maureen griffin says:

    good look

  4. Nathan Ball says:

    Great news, looking forward to visiting. Will you be using the local coffee roasters across the road?

    1. Northcote says:

      Hi Nathan, we will be introducing a coffee that we have developed here at Northcote, we are going to release all the details a little closer to opening – not long now! We hope you’ll enjoy it, we hope it will be a great addition in Blackburn.

  5. Barbara Ferguson says:

    On Friday 10th June my daughter and myself visited new Cafe in the Cathedral and were delighted to find that standards are kept up to Northcote’s high standard. Lovely food my favourite was hot beef sandwich which is probably the closest to the authentic Hot Salt Beef that I used to enjoy in East End and Soho in London well done for including the right kind of pickle. We found nice staff which all went to create a lovely atmosphere.

  6. Karen Davies says:

    HI – I noted on the menu a ‘few’ vegetarian options. A couple of which contain parmesan type cheese. Please can you confirm the cheese is indeed vegetarian?
    Thank you and good luck

    1. Northcote says:

      Hi Karen,

      Thanks for your message, the Parmesan used will actually be a Regato cheese, which is classed as vegetarian.

      Hope that helps!

  7. Linda McCaffrey says:

    Hi, just had a lovely breakfast in the restaurant. My husband who has recently retired after working in the textile industry all his working life, loved the artwork. Could you tell me if the artwork of the loom with the lime green background can be purchased. The signature, I think was B Lacey, I have looked on the Internet but can’t seem to find anything.

    1. Northcote says:

      Sorry Linda, we only just came across your comment! Unfortunately the artwork was specifically commissioned for the cafe and the artist won’t be doing any prints for sale. We’re very pleased you enjoyed them though! This is the artist who created the artworks: http://www.laceyfineart.com/gallery_599518.html#!

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