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Northcote continues to retain a firm hold on its status as a gem of the North. The Victorian red-brick house in the Ribble Valley, with the Forest of Bowland clustering in the view from the terrace, has been extended and decorated over the decades in tasteful modern style, with an elegant cocktail bar overlooked by portrait photos of Brigitte Bardot and Frank Sinatra, and with contemporary paintings and sculpture adding class throughout. Before you settle in to eat, take a wander around the kitchen gardens, from where much of the menu's wares emerge, ensuring that the kitchen dances to a seasonal beat through the year. Lisa Goodwin-Allen produces dishes that have a cosmopolitan polish and broad range of reference but, fear not – the Lancashire accent remains firmly rooted here. Menus still take the shape of six-course tasting, four-course gourmet and à la carte, supplemented by a monthly-changing lunch deal, and the splendid salt-aged sirloin with Yorkshire pudding still a star of the Sunday lunch repertoire. A winter meal kicks off with refined and tender hand-cut beef tartare with roast and puréed celeriac, smoked marrowbone and beef-fat brioche. Next up, scallop is treated to a welter of textures comprising clam chowder, crisped bacon and chervil, while main course brings knockout red leg partridge helped along by a rich bolognese of leg meat, hen of the woods mushrooms and squash. If you’re giving meat a swerve, plant-based dishes could include warm roasted celeriac, with truffle, morels and butter providing powerful bass notes, or charcoal-grilled leek with wild garlic gremolata and Jersey Royals. The end-note comes with a stunning take on the Eccles cake theme, made with ethereal lightness and turbocharged flavours from Muscat grape, caramelised pastry and iced tea. Accompanying it all is one of the region's outstanding wine lists, its glories dispensed with engaging knowledgeability by a fine sommelier.

Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes

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4 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence

Fine dining with refined Lancashire sensibilities

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Northcote Restaurant
Northcote Road, LANGHO, Blackburn, BB6 8BE
Phone : 01254 240555

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening Times
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 16
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 13
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About The area

Discover Lancashire

Lancashire was at the centre of the British cotton industry in the 19th century, which lead to the urbanization of great tracts of the area. The cotton boom came and went, but the industrial profile remains. Lancashire’s resorts, Blackpool, Southport and Morecambe Bay, were originally developed to meet the leisure needs of the cotton mill town workers. Blackpool is the biggest and brashest, celebrated for it tower, miles of promenade, and the coloured light ‘illuminations’. Amusements are taken very seriously here, day and night, and visitors can be entertained in a thousand different ways.

The former county town, Lancaster, boasts one of the younger English universities, dating from 1964. Other towns built up to accommodate the mill-workers with back-to-back terraced houses, are Burnley, Blackburn, Rochdale and Accrington. To get out of town, you can head for the Pennines, the ‘backbone of England’, a series of hills stretching from the Peak District National Park to the Scottish borders. To the north of the country is the Forest of Bowland, which despite its name is fairly open country, high up, with great views.

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