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Learn all about Chef Patron Mark Birchall and how Moor Hall became an award-winning Restaurant with Rooms.

Moor Hall


Moor Hall is located in Aughton, West Lancashire, set in five acres of beautiful gardens, with views to the south over a glistening lake, said to be the remains of a medieval moat. Here you’ll find Mark Birchall's award-winning, two Michelin star Restaurant with seven unique, luxurious bedrooms and The Barn at Moor Hall – Mark Birchall's neighbourhood restaurant.

Moor Hall itself was first recorded in 1282. A grade II* listed gentry house of mid-sixteenth century origin, Moor Hall is one of the most important listed buildings in the UK. It was acquired by Peter Stanley of Bickerstaffe, who built the present manor house, in 1533.

Andy & Tracey Bell took over the site in 2015, and Moor Hall opened two years later, following a multi-million pound renovation. In partnership with talented chef, friend and business partner, Mark Birchall, Moor Hall is now an award-winning Restaurant with luxury rooms, holding two Michelin stars and 5 AA Rosettes. It was also recently crowned 'Restaurant of the Year' at the National Restaurant Awards.

The Barn, Mark Birchall's neighbourhood restaurant, launched not long after the opening of Moor Hall following a conversion project. Located within the grounds of Moor Hall, The Barn offers delicious, seasonal menus and holds a Michelin Plate accreditation and 3 AA Rosettes.

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“THE STORY SO FAR…”

Mark Birchall


Mark was born in Chorley, Lancashire and trained at Runshaw College. He won the Roux Scholarship, the premier competition for chefs in the UK, in 2011. He also worked at El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, a 3 Michelin Star Restaurant owned by the Roca Brothers, twice voted the World’s Best Restaurant. Mark was previously Executive Chef of 2 Michelin Star L’Enclume in Cumbria.

Mark’s menus showcase his own style of modern British cuisine, wherever possible using produce grown on the five-acre Moor Hall site or from local suppliers, and reflecting the broad culinary experience he has garnered over the last 20 years.

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The Local Area

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  • Local Area


    Moor Hall is a close distance to Town Green and Aughton Park railway stations, and we are a 25 minute drive from Liverpool and 50 minutes from Manchester. To find us, leave the M58 at Junction 1 and follow signs for Ormskirk, you will pass St Mary's Church on the right hand side and Moor Hall is one mile further down Prescot Road on the right hand side.

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    Aughton is an extensive agricultural and residential parish, adjoining the south & south-west sides of Ormskirk. It is one of the most attractive residential districts in the area with pleasant tree-lined roads, well served by shops and schools. There are three churches with two bell towers and the parish has won county awards for its well-kept village. St Michael’s Parish Church, Grade I listed, was built in the 14th century and still has remains dating back to the 12th and 13th century.

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