Obsession, the annual festival of gastronomy hosted by Northcote, the Lancashire hotel and restaurant, broke all records in its 20th edition which ended on Sunday with a spectacular six-course feast from host chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen and London-based guest chefs Monica Galetti of Mere and Monica Nieves of Sabor (pictured left to right). Northcote’s restaurant, private […]

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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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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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