Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Great Milton “I couldn’t take any risks for my wife’s 50th birthday weekend… so I placed my trust in Raymond’s impeccable hotel and restaurant… result: perfection!” M Blanc’s “magnificent”converted Elizabethan manor boasts a “dream location” in a picture-book village south of Oxford and, “if you want to spoil someone with […]

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Clos Maggiore WC2 “You feel that love is in the air!” at this “very special” destination (yet again the survey’s No. 1 choice for a romantic occasion), especially in “the inner sanctum” – “the lovely glass-roofed courtyard at the back, hung with blossom, a roof that opens in fine weather, and with an open fire […]

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Chef Nigel Haworth’s gastronomic event Obsession has kicked off at Northcote – a “class act” in all respects according to our reporters – hosting 21 world class chefs between now and 4 February. The culinary event series takes place over 18 nights from and sees chefs travelling from India, Russia, Japan, and Mexico, as well as the […]

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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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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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