One of West Lancashire’s finest restaurants has been crowned the country’s best restaurant in a prestigious awards list.
The Moor Hall restaurant near Ormskirk has won the highest honor of ‘Best Restaurant in England 2022’ at the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards. Three restaurants from Lancashire and two from Cumbria have also earned a spot on the distinguished list of Best Places.
Praising Moor Hall chef Mark Birchall, judges praised the two Michelin stars the Moor Hall Restaurant, on Prescot Road, which is tucked away in a Grade II* listed building dating back to the 13th century.
The nationally acclaimed cook arrived at this prestigious venue in 2016 after nearly a decade of success at Simon Rogan’s now three-Michelin-starred L’Enclume. in CartmelCumbria which was also named in the prestigious list.
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The luxurious Moor Hall Restaurant is set in five acres of gardens looking south over a lake, believed to be the remains of a medieval moat. Andy and Tracey Bell took over the site in 2015 and Moor Hall opened after a multi-million pound refurbishment.
The couple worked with talented chef, friend and business partner, Mark Birchall, and the Aughton venue rose to fame as an award-winning restaurant with luxury rooms, now holding two Michelin stars, a Michelin green star and 5 rosettes YY. And it was crowned “Restaurant of the Year” at the 2021 National Restaurant Awards, for the second time.
Describing the “superb Lancashire restaurant with rooms” as a “true gem” and “impressive”, the National Restaurant Awards praised its “magnificent glass-enclosed restaurant, open kitchen, cheese room and delicious homemade charcuterie made with honey from five beehives in the lush grounds.He adds: “At Moor Hall, the food really speaks. The ambitious restaurant offers a tasting menu only, offering four and eight courses, although diners can expect more than that in reality, such is the restaurant’s generosity when it comes to extras.
“An evening meal starts at the bar with a selection of charcuterie before moving to the high ceilinged room for the main event. It’s an impressive job by a chef at the top of his game, which makes Moor Hall a true gem of Lancashire.
Crowned ‘Best Restaurant in England’ this year, Aughton’s famous restaurant has won Restaurant of the Year for the previous two years. It is ranked second out of 100 in this year’s National Restaurant Awards, compiled from restaurants nationwide.
Founded in 2007, the awards celebrate the UK restaurant scene, recognizing the best chefs, reception staff and restaurants the country has to offer and include a list of the UK’s top 100 restaurants, as voted on by its expert academy. of chefs, restaurateurs and food writers. Award categories include National Restaurant of the Year, Gastro Pub of the Year, Best Restaurant in England, Chef of the Year, Restaurateur of the Year and Sustainability Awards.
Moor Hall is one of three venues in Lancashire to feature on the acclaimed Top 100 list. The award-winning Parkers Arms in Newton with Bowland came in at number 44, while the luxurious Northcote in the Ribble Valley snagged a top 100 spot at number 96. Meanwhile, restaurants in Cumbria also featured, with the Old Stamp House in Ambleside reached number 87 in the top 100, while L’Enclume in Cartmel was ranked number 10.
The Moor Hall Restaurant on Prescot Road was rated five out of five on Tripadvisor, with 570 out of 634 reviews rating the venue as “excellent”. One reviewer said, “This place totally deserves its 2 Michelin stars…the entire meal is so much more than a meal, it’s a fabulous experience. Amazing staff in every way. Thank you for everything, you made our wedding anniversary just fantastic.”
Similarly, another reviewer said, “The service, food, layout, grounds and everything else was phenomenal. It was the best meal I have ever eaten, hands down. It’s an experience, not just a meal.
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