Northcote’s history extends far past Haworth’s and Bancroft’s intervention, however, originally being built for a spinster in 1883 who subsequently married, leaving the stately property to be handed round an assortment of proprietors in the hundred years which followed.
Details of the building’s rich history appear on the restaurant’s website where such information isn’t merely offered as background miscellany but to offer a sense of context to the food being served.
Regional fare is served up beautifully here; Lancashire cheeses could be employed to create a rich, dense fondue whilst Kendal mint cake is often on the menu, reimagined as a delightful dessert paired with strawberries and meringue.
Northcote was garlanded with a Michelin star in 1996 and has held on to the accolade ever since. Despite the long term stability, all evidence points to a strategy of growth not consolidation; the kitchen’s – equipment and layout - have been upgraded to make further Michelin stars possible whilst the introduction of wunderkind Head Chef, Lisa Allen, has ensured the food retains its contemporary edge.
It may sit in the Trough of Bowland but Northcote remains at the peak of British fine-dining.