Ho­tel’s new own­ers

Lancashire Life - - COMPETITIO­N -

Northcote, the ho­tel widely cred­ited with be­ing a main mo­ti­va­tor be­hind the Lan­cashire food re­vival, has been sold to Britannia Hos­pi­tal­ity, which owns the Stafford Ho­tel in London’s St James.

The Miche­lin-starred lux­ury ho­tel will con­tinue to be run by the cur­rent team which in­cludes man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Craig Ban­croft, general man­ager Craig Jack­son and ex­ec­u­tive head chef Lisa Good­winallen.

Craig said: ‘We want to make sure that ev­ery­one un­der­stands we’re all stay­ing and we’re very much look­ing for­ward to work­ing along­side the Stafford man­age­ment team and de­vel­op­ing Northcote fur­ther.

‘That was the whole point of the deal – to con­tinue to build our success.’ He added that they would be re­veal­ing fur­ther de­tails of future plans af­ter dis­cus­sions with the team at the Langho ho­tel, which first made its name with head chef Nigel Ha­worth, who ran the kitchen for more than two decades. It has held a Miche­lin star for the last 20 years and has won the Lan­cashire Life Food and Drink Awards sev­eral times over the years.

Britannia Hos­pi­tal­ity, owned by Egypt’s El Sharkawy fam­ily, bought the Stafford in St James for a re­ported £77.5m from Lan­cashire pubs and ho­tel com­pany Daniel Th­waites.

Northcote had a £7m re­de­vel­op­ment and re­fur­bish­ment, which was com­pleted in 2014, mak­ing it one of the north’s most lux­u­ri­ous des­ti­na­tions.

It later dis­posed of its Rib­ble Val­ley Inns arm, in­clud­ing the Three Fishes at Mit­ton, to con­cen­trate on the ho­tel.

Craig Ban­croft at Northcote

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