2 Michelin Star Chefs: Mark Birchall, Chef Patron, Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms

The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 9th October 2018

Mark Birchall is the chef patron of the two Michelin starred, Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms in Lancashire.

Mark Birchall has worked at some of the top restaurants in the UK, including Northcote and L'Enclume. He was a Roux Scholarship winner in 2011 and has since refurbished Moor Hall, a listed gentry house, into a two Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms.

Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms

Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms, Aughton, Lancashire

Prescot Road, Aughton, Lancashire, L39 6RT

Website: www.moorhall.com
Tel:
01695 572511

Email: [email protected]

Opening hours:  Lunch Wednesday-Sunday 12-2pm (last orders); Dinner Wednesday-Sunday 6:30pm-9:30pm (last orders)

Chef Patron: Mark Birchall
Co-owners: Andy and Tracey Bell
General Manager: Adam Wilkinson
Sommelier: Alexandre Freguin

Facebook: Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms

Twitter: @restmoorhall

Instagram: @restaurantmoorhall

Biography

Mark Birchall was born in Chorley, Lancashire and trained at Runshaw College. He started his career at The Walnut Tree in Wales with Franco Taruschio, before jobs at Northcote Manor and Haighton Manor. Mark then joined Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume in 2006 as a sous chef.

He was made head chef in 2008 and won the Roux Scholarship in 2011. Mark was promoted to group executive chef of Northern Operations for the Umbel Restaurant Group in 2014 and announced his departure in June 2015, looking to open his own establishment the following year.

Mark Birchall, Michelin starred chef, Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms, Aughton, Lancashire
Mark Birchall

Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms

Moor Hall is a grade II* listed gentry house from the sixteenth century, located in Aughton, West Lancashire. Mark Birchall, along with business partners Andy and Tracey Bell, renovated the property into Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms, which opened in March 2017.

The 50-cover restaurant has tables that seat up to six guests. Their private dining room, ‘The Argonne Room’ also seats up to 14.

The final conversion to the property, The Barn is a casual dining space with a bar which opened in October 2017.

Moor Hall also has a kitchen garden, a cheese room - with cheeses handmade by individual farmers - and a wine cellar to keep their 350-bin wine list in.  

In 2017, just six months after opening, Moor Hall received its first Michelin star the Michelin Guide UK 2018. Then in 2018 it received five AA rosettes and a second star in the Michelin Guide UK 2019.

Food Style

Mark’s modern British cuisine showcases the best of local produce, wherever possible grown on site in their kitchen garden. There are a variety of menus available, starting from £35 for three courses.

Steak Tartare by Mark Birchall, Michelin starred chef patron of Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms, Aughton, Lancashire
Steak Tartare 

The larger, 8-course tasting menu is priced at £95 per person and highlights include Goosnargh duckling with beetroot, gooseberry and elderflower and Merchant cherries, served with woodruff and almond.

In an interview with The Staff Canteen after just opening, Mark said: “Paying 95 quid to eat a meal is a lot of money and I want people to feel the value of that,” he explained. “Whether it’s in the quality of the ingredients, the extra touches, making people feel special – plus there’s nothing more important than feeling relaxed. All of these things add to the experience."

Accolades

As well as a second Michelin star, Moor Hall also received four rosettes in  January 2018 for the the AA Restaurant Guide 2019, it was then awarded a further rosette in September 2018 making it a five rosette restaurant. It was awarded Best Breakthrough at the GQ Food & Drink Awards 2018.

Videos with Mark Birchall:

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 9th October 2018

2 Michelin Star Chefs: Mark Birchall, Chef Patron, Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms