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

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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 best restaurants in the UK, including Northcote and L'Enclume. He was a Roux Scholarship winner in 2011. Since he joined Moor Hall, he raised the level of the offering at the listed gentry house, earning it not one but two Michelin stars.

Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms

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 was born in Chorley, Lancashire and trained at Runshaw College. He started his career at The Walnut Tree in Wales with Franco Taruschio, before taking on roles at Northcote and Haighton Manor.

In 2006, Mark joined Simon Rogan at L’Enclume 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, but never one to curtail his ambition, announced his departure in June 2015 to open his own restaurant, which he did a year later.

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 each handmade by local farmers) and a wine cellar in which to store their 350-bin wine list.  

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

What the guides say:

Michelin

AA Restaurant Guide

Good Food Guide

#5 ranking, 9/10 score, meaning "cooking that has reached a pinnacle of achievement, and a "A hugely memorable experience."

Harden's

 

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.

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  just after opening the restaurant, Mark explained: “Paying 95 quid to eat a meal is a lot of money and I want people to feel the value of that.

“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 in 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.

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Editor 7th January 2021

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