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Obsession 15 Wraps up for Another Year at Northcote in what has been Described as 'The Epicentre of World Gastronomy'

No less than 25 guest chefs with a combined total of 27 Michelin stars have passed through the kitchen at Michelin-starred restaurant and country-house hotel Northcote in the last 15 days. It’s safe to say that Obsession 15 – the highly-anticipated anniversary edition of its annual gourmet extravaganza – has surpassed all expectations and proved a huge success not just locally but on a truly global platform. 

Managing Director/Chef Patron Nigel Haworth, Managing Director/Director Of Wines Craig Bancroft and Head Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen, along with the rest of the award-winning restaurant team, have worked tirelessly across the 15-day series to serve showstopping dinners to no less than 1,500 guests in the restaurant and in the Louis Roederer Private Dining Rooms. 

Nigel said: “This year’s Obsession was a real team event and goes to show that if you really work hard at something anything is possible! Just look at all the star chefs we have welcomed this year from each corner of the world – it has been quite a mind-blowing experience for us all. One of our proudest achievements this year has been the experience of working with all of these chefs and their wildly varying cuisines – it has been like a university for our chefs with a conveyor belt of talent passing through! I believe the visiting chefs have left sharing the incredible spirit of the place and the fantastic hospitality of the Northcote team. I am very proud and thankful to them all.” 

Chefs to have joined Nigel in the kitchen during Obsession 15 have included the best of British such as Shaun Rankin, Kenny Atkinson, Glynn Purnell, Angela Hartnett, Ken Hom OBE and the Galvin brothers as well as a raft of international talent such as three-starred chefs Klaus Erfort, Jacob Jan Boerma and Enrico and Roberto Cerea, amongst others. 

Craig said: “Obsession 15 has been a totally absorbing event for all involved. To have hosted such an amazing gathering of culinary talent is a testament to the respect and high esteem in which Nigel is held. It was truly a delight to be able to entertain 15 overseas chefs this year alone, visiting us from 10 different countries and without the amazing support of Pure Luxury Travel this would not have been possible. No doubt all chefs have left Northcote with a feeling of pride in what they achieved on their night and a lasting impression of true northern hospitality. As for our staff, we cannot thank them enough for their drive, focus and determination. Obsession 15 has launched the new Relais & Châteaux Northcote on an international platform and we thank every single person for making it happen.” 

Obsession 15 raised a total of £40,000 for this year’s chosen charities – Springboard, Prince’s Trust and Hospitality Action – through a series of silent auctions that offered exclusive, one-of-a-kind prizes. 

FUN FACTS & FIGURES: Since its inception in 2001, Obsession has hosted 100 chefs from 14 different countries, served 67,000 dishes and 40,200 canapés, poured 67,000 wine glasses and paired 938 wines, and served 13,400 covers across 134 evenings.  

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Posted: 10.02.15
English country garden: Northcote launches luxury garden lodge as part of 30-year celebrations

English country garden: Northcote launches luxury garden lodge as part of 30-year celebrations

Newly-appointed Relais & Châteaux property and Michelin-starred restaurant Northcote has opened the doors to its hugely-anticipated Garden Lodge. An impressive new building in the hotel gardens, the Lodge comprises seven spacious bedrooms and one stunning Master Suite, each with individual terraces and views across the rolling Ribble Valley.

Currently celebrating 30 years of Northcote, now tastefully improved after a year of extensive refurbishment, chef patron Nigel Haworth and managing director/director of wines Craig Bancroft invite guests to enjoy world-class luxury in Lancashire – with the Garden Lodge increasing the hotel’s capacity from 18 to 26 gorgeous guestrooms.

Jill Holst of Ward Robinson, long-term designer of choice for Northcote, has created luxuriouslyappointed interiors with contemporary furnishings that reflect the sophistication of the new build while honouring the rich heritage of the 18th-century manor house.

Spread across two floors, guests can choose between three types of luxe lodgingsSuperior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms and the expansive, 82-square-foot Master Suite. Though wherever you lay you head for the night, every room comes with king-size beds, oversized bathtubs and rain showers while the Master Suite – hot property for hotel hedonists – features a separate lounge area with L-shaped sofa and recessed fireplace together with patio doors leading to a beautiful balustrade balcony.

Other guest facilities include on-site boot and drying rooms for keen walkers and sportsmen, whether a walk into the Forest of Bowland, a round on one of the many nearby courses or a shoot in the county’s many moorlands. Storage for golf clubs and a licensed gun safe mean equipment can be kept safely, too, making the Garden Lodge the ideal stop-off on sporting trips from London to Scotland.

Hire the entire Garden Lodge exclusively for groups of 16 gourmands or book rooms individually – a brilliant idea for that special birthday or anniversary getaway! Whatever the occasion, book the newlyadded Cristal Room and Vintage Room in the Louis Roederer private dining rooms or the Chef’s Table in the heart of the fast-paced Michelin-starred kitchen for a unique gourmet experience unlike any other.

Delivered by the award-winning restaurant team, seasonal, British fare comes courtesy of Chef Patron Nigel Haworth and head chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen while paired wines are carefully curated by director of wines Craig Bancroft and Adam Pawlowski MS. Having retained its Michelin star for 19 years, dishes on the signature gourmet and tasting menus include the likes of toasted West Coast scallop, belted Galloway sirloin and Cumbrian roe deer.

The Garden Lodge at Northcote – when only the best will do: fabulous food, fine wines, lavish interiors and service that’s second-to-none.

Posted: 20.12.14
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