Luxury Lancashire hotel Northcote has been sold to Britannia Hospitality, which already owns the Stafford London, for an undisclosed sum.
The 26 bedroom Northcote in Langho on the edge of the Ribble Valley has four AA red stars and is a member of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux and Pride of Britain Hotels. It also has a Michelin starred restaurant overseen by executive chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen.
The deal also includes the 70 seat Café Northcote in Blackburn, which launched in 2016 in a £7m extension of cloisters to the town’s Anglican cathedral, and Northcote at the Rovers, the Northcote Leisure Group’s catering operation at Blackburn Rovers football club.
Run by managing director Craig Bancroft, the hotel is known for hosting Obsession, the annual celebration of culinary excellence that sees a line-up of prominent chefs, many of them with Michelin stars, feature as guest chefs at the hotel throughout January.
In a statement about the deal, a spokesperson for Britannia Hospitality said: "Britannia Hospitality Limited is delighted to announce the acquisition of Northcote Hotel, the Relais & Châteaux luxury hotel with Michelin star restaurant in Lancashire, expanding their portfolio within the UK.
"Northcote will join the iconic, five star luxury hotel, the Stafford London in St James’s. We look forward to working with the team at Northcote to continue to drive the performance of the hotel and deliver the exceptional experiences for which the hotel is known."
Britannia Hospitality bought the five AA red star Stafford London in 2009 from pub firm Daniel Thwaites in 2009 for a reported £77.5m.