Northcote unveils new brand concept due to launch in June


Northcote Group, the brand of hospitality businesses in the north headed up by chef Nigel Haworth and Craig Bancroft, has announced plans for a new concept, Cafe Northcote, that will open in early June in Blackburn.

The group, that currently consists of 26-bed boutique Northcote, events caterer Northcote at the Rovers and gastropub chain, Ribble Valley Inn, will open the doors to this new facility in a few months’ time in the new refectory space at Cathedral Court.

Cafe Northcote will be housed in the £8.5m Cathedral Court Building that forms part of the new £30m cathedral quarter development in the city centre.

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The 78-cover café with outside space is expected to create approximately 15 jobs and two 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.

The new seven-day operation will serve breakfast, lunch, coffees, teas, cakes and hot drinks and lunches to go in menus create by Nigel Haworth.

The interior has been designed by Katherine Haworth Interiors in conjunction with Cooper8 Consultancy and aims to use sustainable materials with local trade people.

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 can’t wait to be part of bringing Cathedral Court to life.”