Hotel’s new owners
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