A LUXURY hotel and restaurant in the Ribble Valley has been shortlisted for a national award.

Michelin-starred Northcote has been named as one of three venues competing for the Visit England Awards for Excellence ‘Hotel of the Year’ prize.


The Langho hotel is run by managing director Craig Bancroft and chef patron Nigel Haworth who are hopeful of winning the award.

Mr Bancroft said: “We are absolutely delighted to be nominated.

“We love to bring attention to the great county that we live in and all that it offers.

“We feel that we deserve to be in the final three and we hope that we are able to give the judges a brilliant experience on inspection that will see us take the title.”

The winner of the national tourist board award will be unveiled in a ceremony at the Hilton Waldorf in London on Monday, April 24.

A total of 22 awards will be handed out on the night rewarding the best of English tourism, with judges visiting the venues to determine the winner in each category.

Northcote will be competing against The Manor House Hotel and Golf club in Bath and The Pheasant Hotel in Helmsley for the hotel prize.

The 26-bedroom boutique hotel hosts a variety of events events throughout year.

The venue has an illustrious history and won the AA Hotel of the Year award last September and has also held a Michelin star for 20 consecutive years.

Visit England chief executive Sally Balcombe said: “The awards shine a spotlight on an industry driven by the highest-calibre people and organisations who deliver unforgettable experiences for visitors.

“Awards for Excellence finalists exemplify outstanding tourism talent and distinguished business throughout the whole of England.

“There’s absolutely no doubt that the finalists represent the very best in the industry.”