Tonight’s post is slightly different to my usual style, as I am going to be share my experiences at Northcote, a Michelin Star restaurant located near Blackburn in the Lancashire countryside.  I was visiting on a surprise trip for my husband>’s birthday and> it was so amazing and> as I am all about balance I had to share it!  I have never experienced Michelin Star food before and> the whole experience was fantastic.  From the moment you walk in and> are taken through to the lounge area to browse the menu, to the mini eccles cakes to round off the meal, everything is just amazing.   We got the train from Manchester City Centre over to Langho (around an hour journey) and> the venue is just a short walk from Langho station.  Ideal if you want to enjoy a little wine with your meal or just don’t fancy driving.

As mentioned on arrival we were taken through to a lounge area and> provided with the menu and> wine list to look over.

After receiving our drinks (a little glass of fizz, we were celebrating after all) we were presented with some small canapes, and> the most amazing sausage roll I have ever eaten.  If this was a sign of things to come I knew we were on to a winner!   First we decided to have a look over the wine list, wow – there was so much choice.  Northcote has won awards for it’s wine list as well as their food and> I can see why.  After discussing our options with the waiter we opted for an English Wine.  Willow Brook from Three Choirs Vineyard in Gloucestershire.  I won’t claim to be a wine expert but this was a very drinkable, not too dry and> with a slightly fruity taste it went down very well!

After ordering our wine it was on to the food, and> we were taken through to the restaurant to enjoy our meal. A 4 course extravaganza!  The restaurant is stunning – simple, elegant and> with beautiful views out to the Lancashire countryside, which you can see beautifully through the huge windows.  This also made the restaurant light and> bright which I really liked, as I could see what I was eating!!

We both started with Onion Soup, there was no option for the soup course it was eat what you are given but it definitely didn’t disappoint.   Beautifully light, even my hubby loved it and> he doesn’t even like onions! High praise indeed! The soup was served with an onion fritter on the side which was also incredible, and> we were provided with small bread rolls to enjoy along with the soup.

One thing I loved about the restaurant was the time left between courses.  You had time to let the previous course settle and> always felt ready for the next one.  Instead of feeling rushed you are allowed to enjoy a relaxed and> laid back meal, exactly what you want on a Sunday.

Up next were our starters, I had opted for Guinea Fowl Ravioli (shown) and> Danny went for the Salmon Fishcake.  Again both were exquisite and> we thoroughly enjoyed our starters.  I opted to try foods I hadn’t had before and> I was impressed with the Guinea Fowl.  All the food as expected was cooked to perfection, and> was just the right amount to leave you satisfied but looking forward to the next course.

My main course was incredible and> again a meat I hadn’t tried before, Venison.  It was served with Wimberry sauce, a berry I had never actually heard of but it was a perfect accompaniment to the rich Venison flavour.  There was also an interesting and> very tasty potato rosti, and> an amazing winter slaw (albeit August!).   Venison is definitely something I would like to try again I really enjoyed the strong game flavour. Danny went for traditional roast beef served with a yummy looking Yorkshire pudding, roast and> mashed potato and> some amazingly vibrant vegetables. He assured me it was the best roast he had ever had!

And finally on to dessert, now I was a little disappointed by dessert, shock horror!  No let me explain.  I thoroughly enjoyed my dessert, it was light and> beautifully presented but I wish I had ordered something else! It was recommended we order dessert at the start of the meal along with the rest of our courses, but at the end we both felt differently about our choices.  In future I would definitely wait until finishing my main to order my dessert.  We weren’t forced to order I might add, just recommended and> we felt happy to at the time.

So what did I have for dessert – well it was a beautiful Peach poached in champagne, served with Raspberry Granita, and> Vanilla Ice Cream.  As mentioned already it was beautiful and> a light end to an indulgent meal but some of the desserts we saw in the restaurant looked amazing. I feel I made a mistake with this one, although I could have eaten all of them, so maybe I’ll just have to go back!  After all that indulgence we ended the afternoon with coffee back in the lounge, enjoying a relaxed end to the day.

I would highly recommend Northcote for a fabulous afternoon or evening out. You can even make a weekend of it with a stay at their hotel which I am sure it is magnificent – maybe next time!  The whole experience, the service, the setting and> of course the food just make this the perfect venue to celebrate a special occasion or just treat yourself to some amazing food.

Let me know if you have ever been to Northcote, or have any other restaurant recommendations – catch me on social media @ode2fitness.

P.S – I hope you liked this post, I know it is of a slightly different style/focus to my usual blogs.  xxxx