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Exciting New Venture for Northcote

Posted Mar 24, 2016
We have some really exciting news to share with you…Northcote Leisure Group have just announced they will be opening a Café! Nigel Haworth and business partner Craig Bancroft are delighted to be opening this new concept early June!  

A Unique Location
So where do you think the café will be located? You will probably be surprised to know it will not be on the same grounds of their successful Northcote Manor (which is home to a Michelin star restaurant, cookery school and luxury rooms) but in a really unique place…the new refectory space at Cathedral Court, an £8.5m Cathedral Court Building in Blackburn town centre. Which makes the name ‘Café Northcote at The Cathedral’ very apt indeed! We love it!  

The 78-cover café with outside space is expected to create approximately 15 jobs and 2 apprentice posts. Ben King will be General Manager and Andy McCarthy has been appointed head chef.  

Cafe Northcote Logo
A Look Inside...An Artists Impression of Cafe Northcote

A Northcote Twist
Nigel Hawarth will be creating the menu and café offerings, as he does at Northcote and promises to abide by the same principles.
“We will offer modern café food with an eclectic feel, always staying loyal to our local producers and suppliers,” said Nigel.  

The café will be running a seven-day operation, at first open 7.30am until 5pm weekdays, Saturday 8am to 6pm and Sundays 10.30am to 4.30pm. It will be everything you expect from a café, with a Northcote twist, serving breakfast, lunch, hot drinks and lunches to go.

We can’t wait to see the menu and we promise you will be the first ones we share it with!  

Celebrating the Bee
As well as amazing food, Northcote Café’s interior will be just as impressive. Designed by Katherine Haworth Interior in conjunction with Cooper8 Consultancy, the aim is to use sustainable materials with local trade people. Imagine warm honey and orange tones, together with an impressive three-dimensional honeycomb wall design behind the service counters.

This theme of the bee will reflect the town’s economic history. Very cute!  

“We are delighted to finally be working in partnership with Lancashire’s cathedral as part of an exciting development, “ said Nigel, “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 a part of bringing Cathedral Court to life!”

The Cathedral Quarter
Dean Christopher Armstrong, Phil Riley, Nigel Haworth

Local Heritage and Local Food – That’s So Northcote
The café is all about celebrating local heritage and local produce, bringing them together to create a vibrant new concept that will enhance the local area. We cannot think of anyone better to take on this challenge. When you look at the success of Northcote and all they have achieved in its years of service, we just know this new venture is going to exceed expectations.  

Good luck Northcote and we look forward to the opening in June!  

Click here to find out more about Northcote, from their latest menu, cookery classes and recipes! Keep checking back to view the new Café Northcote profile on For Cooks…coming soon!

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