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, a Michelin Green Star, and 5 AA Rosettes. It was also recently crowned ‘Best Restaurant in England’ at the National Restaurant Awards 2023.

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 was awarded a Michelin Star in 2022.

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  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.

Mark was recently crowned ‘Best Chef in the UK’, winning the Chefs’ Chef of the Year award at the AA Hospitality Awards. Selected by AA Rosette-awarded chefs, this is a unique award recognising the best chef in the UK, as chosen by their peers.

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Moor Hall is located in Aughton. One of Lancashire’s best kept secrets, Aughton is a quiet but attractive residential area on the outskirts of Ormskirk.

The local area is well served with a good variety of shops and cafes. Ormskirk has a popular art gallery with some exciting exhibitions and contemporary collections.

If you want to get back to nature on your trip, the Gorse Hill Nature Reserve offers spectacular views over the West Lancashire Plain. Alternatively, on the east side of Ormskirk, Ruff Wood is a 19-acre wildlife spotting haven.

Moor Hall is also situated close to a number of pleasant footpaths and other trails of varying degrees of difficulty. A popular circular walk starts 1 mile down the road from Moor Hall and lasts for 8.5 miles, taking in part of the Liverpool Leeds Canal.

You can find this route and others nearby on AllTrails.