The demand for culinary tourism is at an all-time high, with people looking to unravel the secrets behind dishes and the origins of the ingredients; travellers now see food as serving as the identity of a region.
To meet this appetite for foodie experiences, luxury Lancashire hotel and Michelin star restaurant, Northcote, has announced a series of new gourmet breaks designed for those who not only want to enjoy local delicacies but who want to learn about how and where ingredients are sourced, as well as hone their own skills in the kitchen.
Escape from everyday life, reconnect with nature and indulge in one of three brand new gourmet breaks. Experience Northcote’s seasonal menus created by Michelin-starred executive chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen, immerse in the bounty of the region by embarking on an Artisan Food Adventure, expand culinary knowledge and discover the secrets of the Northcote kitchen in the Cookery School.
Lisa’s Five-course Gourmet Menus
Seasonal menus bursting with flavour and tapping into celebrated ingredients, delivering on taste with all of the artistic flair that Lisa Goodwin-Allen is known for. The menus come with a recommended selection of award-winning wines, accumulating in the epitome of fine dining, and professional and warm northern hospitality.
Northcote is delighted to announce the return of the Cookery School. Whether a novice or an accomplished cook, the Northcote cookery days are suitable for everyone. Tutor Bruno Birkbeck’s experience includes some of the UK's finest Michelin star kitchens in a career spanning more than 20 years. Each day is created to offer a different menu and skills, and includes a two-course lunch in the Northcote restaurant with a glass of wine matched by Northcote’s sommelier.
Artisan Foodie Adventure
Relax and enjoy the stunning Lancashire landscape, while being chauffeur driven to a number of different destinations. Guests can discover local legends and meet the countryside’s finest food and drink artisans. From a gin distillery on the fells, cheese makers and ice cream fresh from the herd, to freshly made bakes and comfort classics, every stop is selected to showcase the skills of the Ribble Valley and Wyre waterways. This is a foodie eco-escape which allows guests to reconnect and make memories for all the senses.
Forest of Bowland
For thrill seekers, true relaxation and somewhere in-between, Lancashire has it all. Nestled in the Ribble Valley hills with its contrasting landscapes and diverse heritage, Northcote sits right on the edge of the Forest of Bowland, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.
The team at Northcote has partnered with the Forest of Bowland on a programme which offers the perfect opportunity to find out more about the birds, wildlife, landscape and culture of the area. From strenuous hikes over the fells to gentle valley rambles, fun children's activities and practical skills workshops, to a spot of star gazing, there is something for everyone.
One Night Gourmet Getaway with Artisan Food Adventure*
From £575 for two people sharing a Classic Room.
Arrive at Northcote, check into room, relax and then enjoy a culinary journey through five stunning courses, each one capturing the spirit of the season. Dine on Lisa Goodwin-Allen’s five-course Gourmet Menu and wake up refreshed the next morning with Northcote’s legendary breakfast following a night's stay in luxury. Then get ready to embark on an Artisan Food Aventure.**
One Night Gourmet Getaway with Cookery School*
From £825 for two people sharing a Classic Room and attending the school.
Arrive at Northcote, check into room, relax and then enjoy a culinary journey through five stunning courses, each one capturing the spirit of the season. Dine on Lisa Goodwin-Allen’s five-course Gourmet Menu and wake up refreshed the next morning with Northcote’s legendary breakfast following a night's stay in luxury. Then spend a day in the Northcote Cookery School.
Two Night Gourmet Escape with Day in Cookery School and Artisan Food Tour*
From £1,290 for two people sharing a Classic Room.
Two nights of luxury living and glorious dining where local produce takes centre stage. Unwind and take in the nearby views, spend a day in the Northcote Cookery School and go on a mini Artisan Food Adventure* to discover artisan food producers and gin distilleries. Enjoy breathtaking walking routes and views that rival the country’s best. Includes a five-course Gourmet Menu on night one, a complimentary room upgrade, a tour of the kitchen and Northcote’s legendary breakfast each morning
*To enquire about the One and Two night Gourmet Getaways and to coordinate dates for the stay, Cookery School and Tour, call Northcote to speak to a member of the team on 01254 240555.
**Half day and full-day options available. To be booked directly with Bowland & Bay Artisan Food Adventures.
For more information on Northcote, visit www.northcote.com