Northcote has been impressing with its gourmet menus for the past 30 years. Now the renowned country-house hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant in Lancashire – where chef patron Nigel Haworth was one of the first to bring honest, seasonal British cuisine to the table – is adding something new to its prestigious portfolio for 2014: the Northcote Cookery School, opening this April.
Housed within the kitchen – with four stations accommodating no more than eight for an intimate, hands-on experience – courses are designed to educate whilst observing all the theatre of the working, Michelin-starred kitchen. This is where pupils will discover how ingredients are selected, prepared and transformed into the plated works of art that are famously served up on tables at Northcote.
Whether a beginner or a dab hand in the kitchen, students choose an experience level to match their skillset – foundation, intermediate or advanced – and then an appropriate tutorial from a range of culinary categories: from developing specific skills and techniques through to entertaining.
Exciting courses include Easter Entertaining (22nd & 24th April) where students create seasonal dishes for the holiday: think asparagus mousse with crab; slow-baked Blackberry Farm artisan bacon rubbed with Easter spices; and white chocolate hot cross bun bread-and-butter pudding.
Take your culinary creations home to enjoy over the long Bank Holiday weekend. Suitably summery sessions include Lemongrass & Lime Leaves (9th May), Focus On Fish (5th June) and a BBQ Masterclass (8th & 10th July) headed up by none other than managing director Craig Bancroft – undisputed king of the grill! A range of themed courses are also available, running the gamut from Italian and French to ingredients foraged from Northcote’s very own garden.
Led by newly-appointed head tutor Michael Vanheste, formerly of Bettys Cookery School, and with selected dates delivered by Nigel and head chef Lisa Allen, Northcote Cookery School will be offering a range of half- and full-day courses. Prices range from £95 to £250 and include morning tea and coffee served with seasonal pastries; an informal, two-course lunch paired with fine wine; afternoon tea and scones*; and a Northcote Cookery School apron and gift bag laden down with gourmet goods. Enjoy the full Northcote experience and combine with an overnight stay for the special bed-and-breakfast rate of £150.
To book, please contact Robyn Loftus on 012 5424 0555 or [email protected]
To see the full schedule of courses click here.
Whether a treat to yourself, gourmet gift for a loved one or a team-building day out, The Northcote Cookery School offers classes for every would-be cook. All with a Michelin-starred edge.
Northcote, Northcote Road, Langho, Blackburn, Lancashire BB6 8BE
012 5424 0555