Awards & Accolades

Within six months of opening, the Restaurant at Moor Hall was awarded its first Michelin Star.

A second star followed a year later, in the 2019 Michelin Guide, which we have retained. In 2022 we were awarded a Michelin Green Star for our efforts in sustainability.

In 2022 Moor Hall was crowned ‘Best Restaurant in England’ at the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards.

Moor Hall was also named the UK’s Best Restaurant consecutively at The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards 2021. Moor Hall was first crowned ‘Restaurant of the Year’ in June 2019, ranking #1 of their UK Top 100 Restaurants.

Moor Hall was named ‘Restaurant of the Year’ at the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2021.

We also hold 5 AA rosettes, awarded in the AA Restaurant Guide 2020, and achieved a #5 ranking & cooking score of 9/10 in the 2020 Waitrose Good Food Guide.

In 2022, The Barn at Moor Hall, Mark Birchall’s neighbourhood restaurant set within the grounds of Moor Hall, was awarded a Michelin Star.

Other accolades have included:

  • A #5 ranking in Harden’s Best UK Restaurants 2020
  • Special Achievement of the Year at the Lancashire Life Food & Drink Awards 2019 (a year after Mark won Chef of the Year)
  • Square Meal’s ‘Best UK Restaurant’ 2019
  • Best Restaurant; Best British Restaurant & Best Breakfast at the Book-a-Table Diner Awards
  • A 94/100 scoring on La Liste, based on the compilation of hundreds of guidebooks and millions of online reviews globally
  • Best Breakthrough Restaurant in the GQ Food and Drink Awards 2018
  • Lancashire Life Restaurant of the Year 2017

The Barn was named also Best Newcomer at Lancashire Life’s Food & Drink Awards in 2018.



Thanks to the team at the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards for creating this video in 2019. View our full video collection by clicking here.

Below you’ll find snippets from Moor Hall’s features in the press, from reputable & respected food guides and publications.

We’re also incredibly proud of our excellent customer reviews.

Moor Hall is rated 5/5 on TripAdvisor based on 553 reviews, and is the #1 Restaurant in Aughton. We are rated 4.9/5 on Bookatable, based on 562 reviews with a recommendation rating of 98%.

The Barn at Moor Hall is rated 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor based on 261 reviews, and 4.6/5 on Bookatable, based on 759 reviews, with a recommendation rating of 96%.


“Mark Birchall brings his knowledge and experience together in a style of his own, where skilfully executed dishes combine the classic flavours of the region with modern techniques and a light touch.”

The Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2020

“Without a doubt the hottest restaurant in Lancashire by a country mile.”

The Waitrose Good Food Guide 2020 (Cooking score 9/10)

“…everything coming out of the kitchen is exquisite. What Mark Birchall can do with carrots and turnips is just remarkable…”

Harden’s Restaurant Guide UK 2020 (Score 5/5)

“Expect virtuoso creations built on ingredients that can’t be bettered, executed with unsurpassed attention to detail and a highly evolved way of doing things.”

The AA Restaurant Guide 2020

“Mark is an incredibly talented chef… Moor Hall is an almost immaculate experience – Mark’s food is clever and inventive but also delicious… It’s an outstanding restaurant that deserves its title as the best in the UK”

Stefan Chomka, Editor of Restaurant Magazine (No.1 Ranking restaurant in the UK, National Restaurant Awards)

“Mark’s food was sheer joy… the dishes, served on local pottery, tasted natural, seasonal and delicious.”

The Sunday Telegraph