Moor Hall

Retains Best Restaurant in England title


14 Jun 2023

Moor Hall wins Best Restaurant in England award again.

Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms has been named ‘Best Restaurant in England’ at the prestigious Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards 2023 for a consecutive year.

Chef patron, Mark Birchall said he was ‘Blown away by retaining ‘Best Restaurant in England’ at the NRA’s. Honestly Moor Hall is such a team effort, we have the best staff, at the top of their game; incredible producers, suppliers, growers, and artisans -everyone has their part to play. We are all so passionate about what we do here, we want to deliver the best possible experience for our guests, and we only ever want to do better than the day before. Thank you to everyone who voted for us and congratulations to everyone who made the list and of course a special mention for Ynyshir.

It was great to see everyone at the awards last night and to be there with my Head chef, James and General manager, Adam, both have been at Moor Hall since the day we opened, over six years ago-we had a great night.

Homegrown ingredients and local produce are fundamental to every Moor Hall menu. And the restaurant is so inspired by its natural surroundings that Chef Patron Mark sees this award as a win for the whole region.

“Bringing this award back home to Lancashire and flying the flag for the North West and its amazing produce means the world to me,” he said.

Who decides the best restaurant in England?

Launched in 2007, the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards celebrate the UK’s rich and varied dining scene.

Restaurants are judged by an elite ‘academy’ of more than 200 experts. At judging time, the panel of food writers, chefs, and restauranteurs individually choose the seven best restaurants they’ve eaten at in the last 12 months, ranking them in order of favour. From this preference, the awards committee compiles a list of the UK’s top 100 restaurants.

Moor Hall topped this list in 2021 and 2019, with the 2020 awards sadly cancelled due to Covid. In 2022, Moor Hall ranked second on the overall list, but still topped the list of the best English restaurants, a title its since retained in the 2023 awards.

The National Restaurant Awards are owned and operated by Restaurant magazine and awards are presented at an event held each summer at London’s exclusive Hurlingham Club.

“It’s impressive stuff from a chef at the top of his game, one that marks Moor Hall out as a true Lancashire gem,” Moor Hall’s National Restaurant Awards listing

Our awards and accolades

The team at Moor Hall are no strangers to industry recognition.

The restaurant won its first Michelin Star within six months of opening in 2017 and a second star followed a year later. In the 2022 edition of the guide, Moor Hall was one of nine restaurants to be awarded a Michelin Green Star. This award recognises high standards of environmental and ethical leadership in the restaurant trade.

Our awards and accolades

  • ‘Restaurant of the Year’ at the 2021 Lancashire Tourism Awards
    • Five AA rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide
    • Fifth place ranking in the 2020 Waitrose Good Food Guide


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