I was lucky enough to get a voucher for afternoon tea at Northcote in Blackburn for Christmas this year (thanks J&R). So last Monday M and I had a ride up to Blackburn to try it out. Spoiler alert: it was MAGNIFICENT!!
Northcote is a gorgeous hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant and I was excited to see what it was like. The vibe as we walked up to it was large, country house hotel. It’s set amongst Lancashire countryside and even on the cold day we visited, it seemed cosy.
We arrived WAY too early as we overestimated traffic, but we were seated immediately on a banquette, in an intimate space with 3 other place settings for afternoon/cream tea and with a view of surrounding landscape. Excellent start 💖💖
I had let them know in advance I was Lactose Intolerant and so I was really very interested what they would bring to me to eat, I wasn’t disappointed.
The bread for the sandwiches was SO fresh, everything was just presented beautifully and tasted gorgeous. Every mouthful was a dream. My sandwiches were exactly the same as M’s, just without butter. ✅
M’s deserts were Apple Cheesecake that looked like an actual apple! Carrot cake, chocolate eclair and a scone with jam & clotted cream. My desserts were a coconut and lime dessert, a passion fruit macaron, a meringue and pineapple desert and a lactose free scone with jam. 😍😍😍
The staff were attentive but not intrusive. Chatty without overstaying their welcome. The ambience was relaxing with subtle music and comfortable seats. But a surprising thing, was that at 5pm, the Maitre D came to close the curtains and lower the lights, which surprised me as it wasn’t quite dark. But it turns out that the manager “Mr B” had given strict instructions to staff that at 5pm sharp they had to make the lounge “sexy” and so lit candles and low lighting was the name of the game. To be fair – it was gorgeous.
I am a lucky enough to have taken afternoon tea at some amazing places and Northcote is now in my top 3*, it was stunning! Highly, HIGHLY recommend for a treat.
p.s. this was gifted by my sister and brother in law and the afternoon tea we had was £27 per person.