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Northcote and Obsession 22

Obsession was launched in 2001 as a celebration of great food, wine and a meeting of friends, old and new. From that first event, it has evolved but the ethos is still very much the same – to offer guests a completely memorable culinary experience, created by some of the world’s most innovative chefs.

Northcote and Obsession 22

The picturesque redbrick Northcote in the beautiful Ribble Valley was built as a family home way back in 1860. Today it is a renowned country house hotel featuring a Michelin star restaurant, a star it has held since 1996.

Northcote’s Executive Chef since 2001 is the highly acclaimed Lisa Goodwin Allen, one of the most exciting and innovative chefs in the UK who produces stunning dishes, from as much local seasonal produce as possible, all stamped with her own innovative twists.

Obsession, one of the most highly prestigious and internationally recognised gourmet festivals in Europe, returns to Northcote 21 January – 6 February 2022. And it is Lisa who will be in the kitchen for the start of Obsession 22.

The chefs

For the 14 nights 16 world class chefs with 15 Michelin stars from all over Britain and Ireland – from Edinburgh to Dublin, London to Newcastle and beyond – will cook their unique Obsession menus.

Friday 21 January: Lisa Goodwin Allen, Northcote, Ribble Valley (1 star)
Saturday 22 January: Matt Abe, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London (3 stars)
Sunday 23 January: Mickael Viljanen, Chapter One, Dublin
Monday 24 January: Jordan Bailey, Aimsir, County Kildare (2 stars)
Tuesday 25 January: Simon Rogan & Tom Barnes, L’Enclume, Cumbria (2 stars)
Wednesday 26 January: Roberta Hall, The Little Chartroom, Edinburgh
Thursday 27 January: Alex Bond, Alchemilla, Nottingham (1 star)
Friday 28 January: Galton Blackiston, Morston Hall, Norfolk (1 star)
Saturday 29 January: Hrishikesh Desai, Gilpin Hotel & Lakehouse, Cumbria (1 star)
Sunday 30 January: Kenny Atkinson, House of Tides, Newcastle (1 star)
Wednesday 2 February: James Martin, celebrity chef and TV presenter
Thursday 3 February: Tom Kerridge, The Hand & Flowers, Marlow (2 stars)
Friday 4 February: Atul Kochhar, Atul Kochhar Restaurants, London

The grand finale on Sunday 6 February will feature:
Monica Galetti, Mere, London;
Nieves Barragan Mohacho, Sabor, London (1 star);
and Lisa Goodwin Allen, Northcote, Ribble Valley (1 star).

Raise a glass

Guests can also enjoy a Louis Roederer Collection 242 Champagne reception, and have the option of adding a wine flight to the dinner.

Northcote’s Managing director Craig Bancroft and his wine team will have chosen wines to pair with the unique flavours and ingredients of each course each night.

Northcote recently retained its Spectator Two Glass Wine Award for its absolute commitment to wine, and breadth of the cellar across multiple winegrowing regions including Burgundy, Spain and Portugal. The hotel’s atmospheric bar is also a focal point of every evening with specially created Obsession cocktails that take inspirations from chefs’ menus. 

More Information

Tickets for Obsession 22 are priced at £160 per person, including a Louis Roederer Champagne and canapé reception, five course menu, coffee and petit fours. A specially paired wine flight can be added, starting from around £65 per person.