Nigel Haworth

Nigel Haworth was born in Whalley, Lancashire, where his food roots remain to this today. From his initial training in Lancashire, he embarked on a culinary journey covering London, Scotland and Switzerland, before returning home to take over as Head Chef at Northcote Manor in 1984. By 1995, Nigel was celebrating the Egon Ronay Chef Of The Year award. Just a year later, he gained his first Michelin star.

As a chef, Nigel has helped define the path of modern British cooking through his championing of regional produce and traditional dishes, inspiring countless others to follow his local, seasonal model. He has also become a popular presence on TV with appearances on shows including Masterchef, Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen.

For more than three decades, Nigel was the driving culinary force behind Northcote. In that time, he (with co-founder Craig Bancroft) transformed its unique location in the small village of Langho, Lancashire, into a place of gastronomic pilgrimage.

Today, Nigel is still writing new chapters in his incredible story, with the opening of his brand new pub and restaurant The Three Fishes in Mitton.

Nigel also shares his extraordinary skills, knowledge and talent through partnerships with global brands and businesses, who rely on the expertise of the NH Brand to ensure similar success.

1984

Becomes head chef at Northcote returning to Lancashire from Switzerland.

1995

Wins Egon Ronay ‘Chef of the Year’.

1996

Awarded Michelin Star

Wins Northern Hospitality Lifetime Achievement Award

1999

Wins North West Chef of the Year

2000

Launches ‘Obsession’ festival

2001

Northcote at The Rovers hospitality catering launches

2004

Awarded Prince Philip Medal for outstanding contribution to the catering industry

2005

Nigel’s first gastropub ‘The Three Fishes’ opens to critical acclaim

2006

Northern Hospitality Lifetime Achievement Award winner

2009

Winner of ‘The Great British Menu’

2010

Becomes mentor on ‘The Great British Menu’

2015

Legend of Industry Awards, Restaurant Industry Winner

2016

Northcote wins AA Hotel of the Year England

Nigel wins Variety Club Award

2021

Nigel returns to The Three Fishes to launch an exceptional new pub and restaurant with a farm to fork ethos.

Nigel’s Career Highlights

Northcote

Nigel took over the kitchens at Northcote in 1984 and earned a Michelin Star in 1996.  Establishing and growing Northcote was a labour of love that resulted received global recognition for Nigel’s achievements. The Hotel and Restaurant grew over thirty years from a five bedroomed restaurant with rooms to a boutique 26 bedroom Hotel, with a Cookery School, Chef’s Table and Private Dining.

Nigel also established one of the jewels in Northcote’s crown – the annual gastronomic event, Obsession, which celebrates great food, wine and a meeting of friends, old and new.

Over the last 30 years, Haworth has helped rewrite the history of English cuisine by preserving its authenticity and connection to its roots, similar to the way he traced his own journey.

Northcote

Nigel took over the kitchens at Northcote in 1984 and earned a Michelin Star in 1996.  Establishing and growing Northcote was a labour of love that resulted received global recognition for Nigel’s achievements. The Hotel and Restaurant grew over thirty years from a five bedroomed restaurant with rooms to a boutique 26 bedroom Hotel, with a Cookery School, Chef’s Table and Private Dining.

Nigel also established one of the jewels in Northcote’s crown – the annual gastronomic event, Obsession, which celebrates great food, wine and a meeting of friends, old and new.

Over the last 30 years, Haworth has helped rewrite the history of English cuisine by preserving its authenticity and connection to its roots, similar to the way he traced his own journey.

Ribble Valley Inns

In 2004 Nigel Haworth teamed up with Craig Bancroft to launch what was to become a chain of gastropubs. The Three Fishes was the first acquisition for RVI showcasing Lancashire’s finest produce and ingredients. The ethos was to deliver good, honest and delicious food with an emphasis on Lancashire heritage using the finest produce from the area. The Three Fishes was awarded with a Catey Award for Pub and Operator of the Sector within 12 months of opening the doors.

Ribble Valley Inns eventually held an impressive portfolio of five properties, The Three Fishes, The Highwayman, The Clog and Billycock, The Bull and also The Nags in Cheshire.

The pub chain was eventually sold but in 2021 Nigel returned to The Three Fishes to launch a brand new pub and restaurant.

Ribble Valley Inns

In 2004 Nigel Haworth teamed up with Craig Bancroft to launch what was to become a chain of gastropubs. The Three Fishes was the first acquisition for RVI showcasing Lancashire’s finest produce and ingredients. The ethos was to deliver good, honest and delicious food with an emphasis on Lancashire heritage using the finest produce from the area. The Three Fishes was awarded with a Catey Award for Pub and Operator of the Sector within 12 months of opening the doors.

Ribble Valley Inns eventually held an impressive portfolio of five properties, The Three Fishes, The Highwayman, The Clog and Billycock, The Bull and also The Nags in Cheshire.

The pub chain was eventually sold but in 2021 Nigel returned to The Three Fishes to launch a brand new pub and restaurant.

Northcote at The Rovers

In 2001 Nigel Haworth brought the Northcote philosophy to Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park stadium and created one of the most attractive corporate and private entertaining venues in the North West of England.

Between 2001 and 2019 The Northcote team were responsible for matchday corporate hospitality, providing catering for 15 Corporate Boxes, 11 Suites with a capacity of 1400 people. In addition the team provided catering for all non-matchday conference and banqueting functions, including private events and weddings.

Northcote at The Rovers

In 2001 Nigel Haworth brought the Northcote philosophy to Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park stadium and created one of the most attractive corporate and private entertaining venues in the North West of England.

Between 2001 and 2019 The Northcote team were responsible for matchday corporate hospitality, providing catering for 15 Corporate Boxes, 11 Suites with a capacity of 1400 people. In addition the team provided catering for all non-matchday conference and banqueting functions, including private events and weddings.

Café Northcote

Café Northcote at The Cathedral opened in April 2016 in Cathedral Court, an £8.5m Cathedral Court Building.

The 78-cover café with outside space created 15 jobs and two apprentice posts. In addition, a partnership with Blackburn College was formed to provide work placements and training opportunities for the catering students. The menu created by Nigel offered modern café food with an eclectic feel, always staying loyal to Northcote’s local producers and suppliers.

The interior was designed by Kathrine Haworth Interiors. The design concept was evolved from the history of the café’s environment and reflects the town’s rich heritage of the textile industry, using sustainable materials were possible and working with local trade people.

Café Northcote

Café Northcote at The Cathedral opened in April 2016 in Cathedral Court, an £8.5m Cathedral Court Building. 

The 78-cover café with outside space created 15 jobs and two apprentice posts. In addition, a partnership with Blackburn College was formed to provide work placements and training opportunities for the catering students. The menu created by Nigel offered modern café food with an eclectic feel, always staying loyal to Northcote’s local producers and suppliers.

The interior was designed by Kathrine Haworth Interiors. The design concept was evolved from the history of the café’s environment and reflects the town’s rich heritage of the textile industry, using sustainable materials were possible and working with local trade people.

Nigel Haworth's Fantastic Food Show

Nigel created a Food Lovers Haven at Ewood Park, attracting regional food enthusiasts to enjoy a fun family day out at Ewood Park. The show ran for four consecutive years with attractions including iconic artisan producers, chef demonstrations and hands on workshops. Food markets, festival entertainment and competitions sponsored by Weber Barbecues along with educational input from the local surrounding schools and businesses. The day showcased the very best of the North West and brought communities together to celebrate all that is good about Lancashire.

Nigel Haworth's Fantastic Food Show

Nigel created a Food Lovers Haven at Ewood Park, attracting regional food enthusiasts to enjoy a fun family day out at Ewood Park. The show ran for four consecutive years with attractions including iconic artisan producers, chef demonstrations and hands on workshops. Food markets, festival entertainment and competitions sponsored by Weber Barbecues along with educational input from the local surrounding schools and businesses. The day showcased the very best of the North West and brought communities together to celebrate all that is good about Lancashire.

The Three Fishes

The Three Fishes in the charming village of Mitton is a special place for Nigel. Back in 2004 it was the site of his first ever pub kitchen. The pub was a huge success, it won multiple awards and became the first of what was to become a chain of five exceptional gastro-pubs. The chain was eventually sold and Nigel moved on from the Three Fishes. Now he’s back and, after an extensive renovation, the Three Fishes will re-open in November 2021 with a farm to fork ethos featuring produce grown on site and sourced from the very best local suppliers. The Three Fishes will allow Nigel to put sustainability at the heart of what he does and to showcase the magnificent produce produced in Lancashire’s hills and valleys.

The Three Fishes

The Three Fishes in the charming village of Mitton is a special place for Nigel. Back in 2004 it was the site of his first ever pub kitchen. The pub was a huge success, it won multiple awards and became the first of what was to become a chain of five exceptional gastro-pubs. The chain was eventually sold and Nigel moved on from the Three Fishes. Now he’s back and, after an extensive renovation, the Three Fishes will re-open in November 2021 with a farm to fork ethos featuring produce grown on site and sourced from the very best local suppliers. The Three Fishes will allow Nigel to put sustainability at the heart of what he does and to showcase the magnificent produce produced in Lancashire’s hills and valleys.