Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms

British, Modern European·
Gold Award

SquareMeal Review of Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms

Gold Award

We likely don’t need to introduce Moor Hall too much, but allow us to set the scene regardless - two Michelin stars, one Michelin green star, countless awards and rave reviews about the magnificence of this new-age fine dining restaurant with rooms. Here’s what you need to know - we’ve been, and reports of Moor Hall’s brilliance have not been exaggerated.

The restaurant itself sits within a beautifully renovated 16th-century manor house, but your experience starts in the lounge, where period features - heavy-set carved timber and stone fireplaces - sit juxtaposed with pop-art pictures of The Beatles. Drinks arrive, courtesy of a cocktail list that makes full use of the treasure trove of herbs and aromatics grown in the Moor Hall gardens, and there are snacks too - charcuterie made on-site, a croustade of baked celeriac custard, chorizo and egg yolk, and the most luxurious chips and dip invention imaginable, where you smear cod roe and caviar over impossibly-beautiful herb-flecked crackers.

Then, a spritely tour of the immaculate gardens to see the seasonal delights that are sprouting from the earth, before another canape in the kitchen, and onwards to your table under the vaulted wood-and-glass ceiling of this gastro-cathedral. A huge open kitchen runs down one side of the room while floor-to-ceiling windows take up the other walls, with views over lawns onto an azalea-fringed pond and fountain.

The food is predictably dazzling. An opening dish of carrot and pecorino-esque Doddington conjures the richness of a great ragu with the most humble of root vegetables. The menu isn’t afraid to delve into simple luxuries either - a seared Isle of Mull scallop, paired with a glass of 2008 Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blanc, for example. The jewel in the crown (among many it has to be said) is an exceptional tranche of plump, juicy guinea hen, served with white asparagus, morels and wild garlic; it’s a perfect example of Moor Hall’s impeccable sourcing, foraging and home-growing combined with high-fidelity cookery. The pacing is on the brisk side - a necessity to fit in all of the evening’s courses - but service is supremely knowledgeable, friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Every aspect feels thoughtful and precisely tuned, like a fine watch that smoothly clicks through the gears.

By the time you end up back in the lounge with petit fours and a digestif, you’re likely to be four hours into the experience, but it’ll be four hours you’ll wish you could do all over again.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
British, Modern European
Cosy, Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional, Unique, Widely spaced tables
SquareMeal UK Top 100, Two Michelin stars
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Situated in the village of Aughton in West Lancashire, amid five acres of beautiful gardens, is Moor Hall – a 16th-century, Grade II-listed house, and now, an award-winning restaurant. The building was acquired back in 2015 by husband-and-wife team Andy and Tracey Bell, who brought around a multi-million-pound renovation, transforming it into a destination restaurant with luxury rooms, boasting views of a lake that’s said to be the remains of a medieval moat.

The restaurant is helmed by chef-patron Mark Birchall who has worked hard to create delicate, produce-driven menus inspired by the Hall’s exceptional natural surroundings. Wherever possible, Mark uses produce grown on-site or from local suppliers, and uses his broad culinary experience garnered at top establishments such as Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume to ensure each dish is beautifully-presented and full of flavour.

Since its inception, the restaurant has been awarded a breath-taking number of accolades including two Michelin Stars and a Michelin Green Star, and was voted ‘Best Restaurant in the UK’ at the SquareMeal Top 100 Restaurant Awards in 2019.

Guests can choose to dine from a four- or eight-course menu at lunchtime, while dinner is a set eight-course menu. Naturally, the menu changes to reflect the seasonality of the produce, but the kinds of dishes guests can expect to encounter include Gaisgill Row Farm blue grey beef, barbecued pablo beetroot, mustard and shallot, as well as, Isle of Mull scallop with white asparagus, grains and truffle, and garden apples and gooseberry, woodruff, birch sap and marigold.

Moor Hall says its attitude to wine is simple; it should be fun, interative and within reach of everyone. There are two wine pairings available, one which focuses on leading winemakers - both those who made their mark in the past, and innovating for the future. The second is called the 'Rarity Pairing' and shines a light on the most iconic winemakers and vintages.


Does the restaurant have a Michelin star?

It has two Michelin stars, as well as a green star for sustainability.

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Who is the head chef?

James Lovatt.

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Who is the chef patron?

Mark Birchall.

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Meet the team
Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms

Mark Birchall


Mark Birchall was born in in the Lancashire town of Chorley, 25 miles east of where Moor Hall is based in Aughton. He began his career at The Walnut Tree Inn in Abergavenny under the legendary chef Franco Taruschio before returning to Lancashire to cook at Michelin-starred Northcote. But it was at Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume, which he joined as head chef in 2006, where Birchall first came to attention, eventually becoming group executive chef for all of Rogan’s restaurants.

While working at L’Enclume, Birchall won the prestigious Roux Scholarship award in 2009, choosing as his prize to spend a stage working at three-Michelin-starred El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, twice the winner of the World’s Best Restaurant award.

He opened Moor Hall in 2017 in partnership with multi-millionaire broker Andy Bell and his wife Tracey. The restaurant with rooms won its first Michelin star six months after opening in 2016 and its second in 2018. In 2019, it was crowned SquareMeal’s Best UK Restaurant.

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Prescot Road, Aughton, Lancashire, L39 6RT

01695 572511 01695 572511


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 12:00-17:00
Sat 12:00-17:00
Sun 12:00-17:00
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:00-00:00
Thu 18:00-00:00
Fri 18:00-00:00
Sat 18:00-00:00
Sun 18:00-00:00


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Graham N

10 April 2019  
Great food and service. Well worth it's 2 stars.
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