Northcote on way to becoming one of UK's leading hotels

24 July 2013 by
Northcote on way to becoming one of UK's leading hotels

Northcote's ambition to become one of the top ten luxury hotels in the UK moved a step closer with the reopening of the business following a five week closure.

An investment of up to £4m from new majority shareholders, Richard and Lynda Matthewman, will see the 14-bedroom hotel in Langho, Lancashire grow to 28-bedrooms with a new 85-cover restaurant, kitchen and staff facilities.

Craig Bancroft and Nigel Haworth, joint managing directors of Northcote, hope that the overhaul will improve the business' ratings from one- to two-Michelin-stars and 6/10 to 8-10/10 in the Good Food Guide.

The first phase of the new-look Northcote, just completed, includes a reconfigured lounge, refurbished cocktail bar and of a state-of-the-art modular kitchen to allow for the installation of a new permanent kitchen by C&C Catering Equipment.

Set to open in November, the new kitchen will include a demonstration theatre to be used to hold cookery course and act as a kitchen table for eight to 10 guests.

Further plans include an extended 85-cover restaurant, a 45-cover Louis Roederer Private Dining Suite with four bedrooms above and ten new garden suites.

Bancroft said that one of the most exciting aspects of the developments is the opportunity to be able to improve the staff welfare facilities.

"We've always prided ourselves on looking after our staff well as we believe it is so important to do so with regards the long term benefits of the business. Soon we will be able to offer a new staff canteen with free wifi, computers and a library, alongside comprehensive staff changing facilities with showers.

"We shall also be building a block which will be able to accommodate up to 10 exchange staff and students from overseas colleges.

"The aim is to create staff facilities that reflect the standards we expect for our guests."

The new look Northcote should be complete by autumn 2014.

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