Restaurant Moor Hall
Restaurant Moor Hall
Restaurant Moor Hall
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SquareMeal Review of Restaurant Moor Hall

Gold Award

Previously executive chef at two-Michelin-starred L'Enclume, Mark Birchall has brought his own distinctive style to this restaurant-with-rooms housed within a historic 16th-century manor house. Champagne and canapés served next to an open fire in a wood-panelled lounge set the historic scene, but the dining room couldn’t look any more up-to-date.

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 where the moat used to be. Modern and laid back, it is “a wonderful setting for a delightful and unique tasting menu,” according to fans.

Much of the restaurant’s produce is grown on the five-acre estate or sourced locally – Aughton sits in the middle of some of the most fertile farmland in the country – and the result is two tasting menus showcasing Birchall’s innovation and formidable talents.

Appetisers of crisp, light black pudding parcels set the tone for a series of beautifully presented dishes demonstrating impressive skill and attention to detail. A pretty plate of baked carrots is dressed with chrysanthemum and sea buckthorn, monkfish is cooked on the bone with a mussel and squash stew, while Holstein Friesian is partnered by barbecued celeriac, mustard and shallots. To finish, herbally embellished desserts could include Worcester Pearmain with woodruff, almond and whey caramel, but don’t miss out on a visit to the dedicated cheese room.

Young staff – many of them locals – deliver friendly, knowledgeable service, while there are eye-opening wine suggestions from the sommelier team, who are just as happy to accommodate classic old-world tastes as more adventurous palates.

Seven bedrooms, meanwhile, make Moor Hall a valid destination for a gourmet mini-break - not least because The Barn over the pond offers more straightforward cooking from Birchall to entice for a second night’s stay.

Professional service, flawless cooking and elegant surroundings – Moor Hall cries out for repeat visits. “I absolutely love it”, declaims one convert.

About Restaurant Moor Hall

Situated in the village of Aughton in West Lancashire, amid five acres of beautiful gardens, is Moor Hall – a Grade II-listed house of mid-sixteenth century origin that’s now a two-Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms. Since being acquired in 2015 by husband-and-wife team Andy and Tracey Bell, the Hall (whose existence was first recorded in 1282) has undergone a multi-million pound renovation. With help from the couple’s friend and business partner, acclaimed Chef Mark Birchall, Moor Hall has been transformed into a destination restaurant with luxury rooms boasting views of a lake that’s said to be the remains of a medieval moat.

Skilled Chef-Patron, Mark Birchall, 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.

Guests can choose to dine from a four- or eight-course menu at lunchtimes, while dinner is a set eight-course menu. Naturally, the menu changes all the time, but the kinds of dishes guests can expect to encounter include smoked eel with potato, fermented garlic and flowers;  Scottish langoustine with radish, purslane and nasturtium; and Worcester pearmain with woodruff, birch sap and marigold.

There are wine pairings for those who want to enhance their meal, though the sommelier is always on hand to assist you in finding the right wine for your occasion. Guests are permitted to bring any wine that is not available on the wine list subject to a corkage charge of £30 for still wines and £50 for sparkling wines.

The largest table available in the restaurant seats just six guests, so if you’re planning a larger gathering, you’ll need to book the private dining room, which seats up to 14.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Fine dining, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Unique, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
SquareMeal UK Top 100, Two Michelin stars
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Celebrations, Romantic, Special occasions
Meet the team
Restaurant Moor Hall

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.

Special offers from Restaurant Moor Hall

Four course tasting menu £70 per person

From: 18 March, 2020
To: 29 September, 2020
Max: 10
Available for lunchtime reservations only, 12-1:30pm. Price per person.

Eight course tasting menu £155 per person

From: 19 March, 2020
To: 29 September, 2020
Max: 10
Available for lunchtime & dinner reservations, 12-1:30 pm or 6:30-9:30pm. Price per person.

Location for Restaurant Moor Hall

Prescot Road, Aughton, Lancashire, L39 6RT

01695 572511


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 12:00-15:30
Fri 12:00-15:30
Sat 12:00-15:30
Sun 12:00-15:30
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:30-21:30
Thu 18:30-21:30
Fri 18:30-21:30
Sat 18:30-21:30
Sun 18:30-21:30

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Graham N

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

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