Café Northcote at The Cathedral is located in Blackburn Cathedral's refectory space at Cathedral Court.
The 78-cover café also has outside space for alfresco eating and meeting freinds in the warmer months. Lucy Parker is at the helm as the café's General Manager and Head Chef Meghan Banks took up the position coming from The Clog and Billycock, a Ribble Valley Inn.
The café offers modern food with an eclectic feel, always staying loyal to local producers and suppliers, using fresh ingredients of the highest quality. Nigel Haworth has created the menu which includes breakfast, lunch, coffees, teas, cakes and hot drinks seven days a week (closed on bank holidays).
Nigel said “We are delighted to work in partnership with Lancashire’s cathedral as part of their exciting development bringing Cathedral Court to life with our vibrant café championing local produce and Blackburn’s heritage.”
A central location close to all transport links puts Café Northcote in an enviable position to host private functions, and theme evenings have seen
The interior was designed by Kathrine Haworth Interiors in conjunction with Cooper8 Consultancy and aims to use sustainable materials with local tradespeople. The colour scheme in honey and orange tones, together with a three-dimensional honeycomb wall design behind the service counters, reflects the town’s economic history through its symbol, the bee which can be found on The Blackburn Coat of Arms. Showing three bees in flight, they are an emblem of skill, perseverance and industry. The coat of arms depicts the rich heritage of the textile industry and these together form the base of the design concept.
The building is part of the £30m cathedral quarter development of cloisters to the Anglican cathedral, which includes grade A offices, hotel and public square and gardens, conference facilities and an underground car park. Cathedral Court is believed to be the first group of new domestic buildings at any English cathedral for 500 years.