When it was announced that Nigel Haworth was planning to step back from the kitchen at Northcote and undertake the role of Global Chef Ambassador – working on a consultancy basis and still spearheading the wonderful Obsession festival – there was never any doubt as to who was his heir apparent. Lisa Goodwin Allen has been with Lancashire’s […]

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Chef Nigel Haworth is celebrating 18 years of his gastronomic event Obsession by inviting 21 world class chefs to cook at luxury boutique hotel, Northcote – a “class act” in all respects according to our reporters. The culinary event series will take place over 18 nights from 18 January-4 February 2018 and sees chefs travelling from […]

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MasterChef 2015 winner Simon Wood is to open an ambitious high-end restaurant in his native Manchester this summer. The 40-year-old former data manager (left in photo) will serve an unfussy modern interpretation of traditional flavours from an open-theatre kitchen. Menus will range from set lunch and pre-theatre to a la carte and a tasting selection with new dishes. […]

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If you want to get your Valentine’s venue fixed, then our Top 10 Best for Romance list is a great place to start… so long as you began weeks ago, as the most famous passion magnets book up so far ahead. Perhaps your soul is too romantic and spontaneous for so much forward planning? In which case, here are […]

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Moor Hall, the long-awaited new restaurant near Liverpool from Simon Rogan’s former right-hand man Mark Birchall, is now open for bookings from March 1 and may be serving meals before then. Birchall, who spent nine years at L’Enclume, Rogan’s ground-breaking gastro destination in Cumbria, has had to be patient while Moor Hall, a historic Grade II* property with […]

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Distinguished chefs from as far away as China, Japan and Australia will line up alongside stars from Europe and closer to home at Obsession, the two-week gastro-festival hosted by Northcote restaurant and hotel in Lancashire early next year. Now in its 17th year, Obsession runs for 17 successive nights from Friday January 20. Tickets tend […]

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One-time righthand man of Simon Rogan, Mark Birchall, sets out to open his own restaurant-with-rooms after nine years at L’Enclume in Cartmel. The former exec chef of Rogan’s celebrated former smithy plans to reopen Moor Hall – a Grade II-listed gentry house in Aughton, Lancashire – in early autumn 2016, after complete redevelopment. The mid-16th Century building will […]

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Established in 2001, Obsession is Northcote’s (Langho) annual homage to the finest food and wine, and features guest chefs travelling in from all over the world. Each chef takes over the Northcote kitchen for the night and challenges themselves to produce a unique Obsession Menu for the evening’s guests in a food festival that celebrates […]

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Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo 24-27 December Packages from: £395 pp Christmas Eve: Afternoon tea will be served on arrival from 3 pm for you to recover from your journey followed by a five course, French-themed dinner. Christmas Day: Start the special day with a light continental breakfast in the dining room. A four-course lunch of traditional British fare will […]

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Today (26 August) saw the unveiling of the Waitrose Good Food Guide’s top 50 UK restaurants with Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume in Cartmel taking pole position for the second year. So far, so good. We wouldn’t begrudge Mr Rogan the top spot, he was within a hair’s breadth of topping our survey last year and – without […]

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