It was a leisurely Saturday afternoon dining at the new Northcote restaurant treating our lovely mothers to lunch. The May weather was wet and it felt almost like an autumn day in the Ribble Valley.
First impressions – The new design bar/lounge area is striking in both textures and colours and really makes the place feel up market and cosmopolitan. A bottle of Prosecco was taken in the bar area whilst we digested the menus and wine list. Canapés came for other tables but we were forgotten this time around.
Choices made – We made our way to the new & extended dining room with seated “booths” and a more open plan and airy feel than the old restaurant. The bread was served and, as usual it was excellent served with local salty butter.
Starters were – Wye Valley Asparagus, Slow Cooked Bantam Egg, Blue Cheese, Crisp Onion Shavings, Scottish Mackerel, Ashcrofts Beets, Horseradish Snow & a Faggot of Bowland Venison. All were excellent and eaten with gusto washed down with a bottle of the House New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Although the mackerel dish lacked a little as there was a distinct lack of horseradish flavour coming through and the fish was served luke warm which did take the shine away from what could have been a great dish.
Mains – Chargrilled Hanger Steak, Beef Fat English Onion, Broccoli Salad, Bernaise, Seared Scottish Salmon, Potato & Onion, Wild Garlic & a pork loin dish with liver parfait were all excellent, well presented and thoroughly enjoyed.
Desserts – Yorkshire Rhubarb, Meringue, Hint of Rosemary, Blood Orange Sorbet, Chilled Vanilla Rice Pudding, Alphonso Mango, Sorbet, Basil, & the Northcote cheese selection. All delicious and moriesh however, I did feel that the rice pudding dish lacked any texture and, maybe a coconut tuile would have really complimented the dish.
Finally – Coffee & mini Eccles cakes were taken in the lounge next to the fire and we watched the rain pouring outside the window. Service by the young team was great, and the wine list is comprehensive with some great wines on there representing excellent value. We are visiting again early September for our anniversary dinner so I look forward to more quality food from the team. 4/5
Lunch £28 for three courses with coffee & Eccles cakes (£5 off per person with voucher on the site)