A luxury hotel in the Ribble Valley has submitted plans to build a restaurant pavilion in the grounds of the manor as part of their ‘masterplan’.

Craig Bancroft, from Northcote Hotel in Langho, has submitted the plans to Ribble Valley Borough Council for the one-storey building, which would have unobstructed views across the valley and expand the range of dining options available at the hotel.

Northcote is known for its Michelin-starred restaurant, headed up by executive chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen, who was last year named the best chef in Britain.

Last year, a pre-application was submitted to extend the food experience at Northcote to create a “five-star leisure destination with strong local outreach and global recognition.”

Lancashire Telegraph: The pavilion restaurant is part of Northcote's 'Masterplan'The pavilion restaurant is part of Northcote's 'Masterplan' (Image: 3D Reid/Ribble Valley Borough Council)

As part of what the hotel calls the ‘Masterplan’, the facilities proposed are an increase in the hotel’s room inventory, the development of a new restaurant, the development of a health club facility, a private events space, and a training academy to support long-term employment for the Stafford Collection – the group which owns the hotel.

A design and access statement said: “The proposed building is a standalone restaurant pavilion, located within the ground of Northcote Manor, with associated landscaping and new vehicular access.

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“To create a serene dining experience with a great view of the Ribble Valley, there’s extensive large glazing on the north-facing elevation. Overheating is not a concern.

“The kitchen will be fully visible from the dining area to provide a sense of theatre.

Lancashire Telegraph: The kitchen will be visible to guests as they dineThe kitchen will be visible to guests as they dine (Image: 3D Reid/Ribble Valley Borough Council)

“The pavilion proposal is a one-storey building that has been carefully designed to complement the existing house.

"Its ground floor level is situated two metres lower than the main houses ground level, ensuring unobstructed views of the Ribble Valley.

“The proposed development will be designed in accordance with the key principles of sustainable design, such as building form and layout, materials, and waste management. In this regard, a holistic approach to the design of the proposed development will be taken."

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If successfuil the pavilion restaurant will provide a daily lunch and evening dinner service between 12pm and 2pm and 6pm and 8.30pm.

Lancashire Telegraph: The proposed site for the pavilion restaurant within the Northcote groundsThe proposed site for the pavilion restaurant within the Northcote grounds (Image: 3D Reid/Ribble Valley Borough Council)

A drop-off/pick-up space is accommodated at the main building entrance, managed via a valet service, while dedicated parking is to be provided for guests, including electric vehicle charging infrastructure, sufficient for the development demands.

Currently, the luxury hotel has a Michelin-star restaurant led by Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen and is said to be one of the UK’s leading food and wine destinations.

The restaurant holds approximately 70 people with more out on the terrace, while there are 26 rooms in the hotel; 18 in the manor house and eight in the garden lodge.