Four AA Rosettes for Mark Birchall's Moor Hall plus eight new three rosette restaurants

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Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms in Ormskirk, Lancashire has been awarded four AA Rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide 2019, only four months after achieving their third Rosette in September 2017. They are the only restaurant to be awarded this accolade in January’s set of honours.

Moor Hall opened in March 2017 and as well as being awarded rosettes, has since gained a Michelin star in the Michelin Guide UK 2018. Chef Patron Mark Birchall is a former Roux Scholarship winner and embarked on his own venture after nine years of working under Simon Rogan at L'Enclume.

New four AA Rosettes:
Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms, Ormskirk, Lancashire

New three AA Rosettes:
Benedicts, Norwich, Norfolk

The Burlington Restaurant, Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire

Carters of Moseley, Birmingham, West Midlands

Jöro Restaurant, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Mere, London

1851 Restaurant at Peckforton Castle, Peckforton, Cheshire

Samuel's at Swinton Park, Masham, North Yorkshire

Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa, Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Stephen Wilkinson, Area Manager at AA Hotel & Hospitality Services said: “Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms has achieved so much in a short space of time. This would not have been possible without the careful planning prior to opening. Mark’s food continues to evolve but the focus has always been on balance and clarity of flavour whilst sourcing the best core ingredients. The team has an impressive kitchen garden which is a key resource for many dishes."

 Monica Galetti and her husband David

Eight restaurants have also been awarded three AA Rosettes, including MasterChef: The Professionals judge Monica Galetti and her husband David’s London restaurant, Mere. 

Simon Numphud, Managing Director at AA Hotel & Hospitality Services said “We are delighted to recognise these hotels and restaurants for achieving such high standards of culinary excellence which continue to demonstrate the growing strength and depth of British cooking across the country. Our congratulations go to all the dedicated teams within these businesses that have truly earned this level of recognition.

What do AA Rosettes mean?

Restaurants awarded three AA Rosettes are all outstanding restaurants achieving standards that demand national recognition well beyond their local area. Those achieving four AA Rosettes are among the top restaurants in the country.

To achieve five AA Rosettes, the restaurants have to reach the pinnacle of the nation’s restaurants where the cooking compares with the best in the world. These restaurants exhibit breathtaking culinary skills, and set the standards to which others aspire, yet few achieve.

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Editor 22nd January 2018

Four AA Rosettes for Mark Birchall's Moor Hall plus eight new three rosette restaurants