Here’s a little review I did for an online magazine. It’s about the fabulous Northcote Manor, written in April 2011:
Nestled in the Lancashire countryside, Northcote is a 19th Century manor house recreated as a modern bastion of British cuisine and led by Michelin-starred TV chef, Nigel Howarth. This was the perfect place for a birthday treat in the form of a three-course gourmet lunch (£35+). Those requiring even more decadence can indulge in the lavish gastronomy sleepovers at the hotel upstairs (£300+).
Commencing on the deep leather sofas of the antique-clad lounge, we were talked through the menu by our unpretentious and knowledgeable waiter. The wine list is an impressive tome which could have been overwhelming but for the sommelier who was on hand with unassertive assistance. We plumped for a fruity English Rosé from the Three Choirs Vineyard in Gloucestershire (£25).
The impeccable service continued in the sunlit dining room. My starter was a heavenly crab salad with langoustine and caviar, followed by a main course of lamb wrapped in butter puff pastry with salt baked celeriac. Whilst artistically presented in haute cuisine style, the courses were generously balanced and satisfying.
Northcote is clearly proud of its Lancashire roots; the dining room displays works of local artists and the menu features delicacies such as the Eccles Cake Ice Cream (with my roast pineapple dessert) and Mrs Kirkham’s Cheeses.
The whole experience was seamlessly crafted for a foodie’s delight. I’m already plotting the next celebratory excuse to warrant my return.