Moor Hall’s idyllic location is a fitting backdrop for chef Mark Birchall’s ambitious and brilliant cooking
Chef Mark Birchall opened Moor Hall in 2016 having spent the best part of a decade working at Simon Rogan’s two Michelin-starred restaurant L’Enclume, promising at the time to create ‘something special’.
He’s succeeded. His stunning Lancashire restaurant with rooms is located in a Grade II listed building that dates back to the 13th century and is set in five acres of gardens with its own lake, no less. Within just two years of opening, Birchall has replicated the success of his mentor, also winning two stars, and he has no intention of stopping there.
The setup at Moor Hall is impressive. The beautiful glass-fronted restaurant has an open kitchen as well as a walk-in cheese room, where diners are encouraged to visit to make their selection. The restaurant makes its own charcuterie in house as well as its own honey thanks to its four beehives.
At Moor Hall the food really does the talking. The restaurant is tasting menu only, with a four-course lunch menu priced at £95 and the eight-course dinner menu at £195. An evening meal starts at the bar with a charcuterie selection before moving to the high-ceilinged room for the main event. Dishes include baked carrots with Doddington cheese ‘snow’; barbecued beetroot with mustard and shallot; and turbot cooked on the bone with celeriac and pear and a mussel and roe sauce. Those who choose to stay in one of its seven guestrooms also get to have a stellar breakfast that will leave you in no mind about Moor Hall’s brilliance.
It’s impressive stuff from a chef at the top of his game, one that marks Moor Hall out as a true Lancashire gem.