The renowned chef who has run the hotel and restaurant with co-director Craig Bancroft since 1983 announced he is taking on a more “weekly” role as an ambassador.
Haworth said he would remain a share holder and be involved with the Northcote group which includes Cafe Northcote in the Cathedral Square, Blackburn, Ribble Valley Inns, which pubs across East Lancashire, and Northcote At The Rovers in Ewood Park.
“Due to my wife being unwell, it was my decision to step down as director and take on an ambassador role,” he told the Lancashire Telegraph. “It means I will be involved with the business on a weekly basis.
“Running such an amazing group involves a seven day commitment and at the moment I cannot do this. Northcote is such a fantastic group with some very talented people who are employed there.
“I will still be involved and hoping to continue the great work Northcote produces across its different areas.”
In 2001 Howarth created Obsession, a gastronomic showcase bring together chefs from all over the world held every February at Northcote which is one of the few restaurants in the North West to hold a Michelin star.
He has appeared on television shows such as Yes Chef, Saturday Kitchen, MasterChef and Great British Menu, which he went on to win in 2009.
Accolades include Special Award at the Craft Guild of Chefs 2017, an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Central Lancashire, Outstanding Contribution to Tourism at the England North West Tourism Awards 2009 and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Northern Hospitality Awards 2006.