Ribble Valley restaurateur’s expansion plans

INVESTMENT: Business partners Nigel Haworth and Craig Bancroft. (s)
INVESTMENT: Business partners Nigel Haworth and Craig Bancroft. (s)

MICHELIN star-rated chef Nigel Haworth has secured long-term investment for Northcote and his other restaurants in East Lancashire to undergo extensions and revamps.

Together with his business partner Craig Bancroft, the duo have been given “substantial” equity interest in their Northcote group of companies from investors Richard and Lynda Matthewman.

A spokesman said that the robust investment package will allow the group of companies to be further developed in line with the objectives of Craig and Nigel when they became partners in 1984.

Northcote, at Northcote Road in Langho, will have an extra 10 bedrooms added, making it a 24-bedroom property, and a new kitchen with cutting-edge facilities will be fitted.

Northcote’s grounds will be improved and the Louis Roederer room facilities will also be expanded while care is taken to cause minimum disruption to the hotel’s running.

Northcote at the Rovers will also remain a significant part of the Northcote Group and will continue to serve its match day, banqueting and conference clients at Blackburn Rovers.

Ribble Valley Inns, a subsidiary of the group which run The Three Fishes at Mitton and The Highwayman at Burrow, Kirkby Lonsdale, among others, intend to acquire six to eight new pubs in the coming years.

Further investment will be used to maintain the group’s establishments’ successful record and continue to develop them.

Obsession 2013 food festival will be held at Northcote from Monday January 21st to Wednesday January 30th. It will feature such chefs as two-Michelin-starred Diego Guerrero, from the El Club Allard in Spain, and Dieter Koschina, from Vila Joya in Portugal, preparing individual five-course menus.

Nigel Haworth said: “The calibre of chefs at Obsession13 is incredible. This year the festival has attracted chefs from Madrid, The Algarve and Atlanta, highlighting the credibility of the festival within the industry.”

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