Homes near hall may soon cost a lot Moor

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Advertiser Life People In Pictures - BY EMILIA BONA emilia.bona@trin­i­tymir­ @emil­i­abona

THE launch of Moor Hall restau­rant and rooms could prompt a rise in house prices in Aughton.

The me­dieval manor un­der­went a dra­matic trans­for­ma­tion af­ter it was taken over by dou­ble Miche­lin-starred chef Mark Bir­chall.

Now an Ormskirk es­tate agent is pre­dict­ing that house prices in the area could go up thanks to the new des­ti­na­tion restau­rant.

NSW Prop­er­ties said: “Prop­erty prices are known to rise in ar­eas where top qual­ity restau­rants are opened.

“When well known Devon Miche­lin-starred chef Shaun Hill moved to Lud­low and opened The Mer­chants House, which was listed in the top 20 restau­rants in the world, it el­e­vated Lud­low into a des­ti­na­tion for those want­ing the foodie good life, and house prices moved up as a re­sult.

“This pat­tern is re­peated in Bray in Berk­shire, famed for its six Miche­lin stars, three each for the Roux Broth­ers’ Wa­ter­side Inn and He­ston Blu­men­thal’s Fat Duck.

“When Blu­men­thal won three Miche­lin stars for the first time in 2004, Bray house prices rose around 15% in just one year.

“In the past year alone, the vil­lage has seen av­er­age house price rises of no less than 14%, ac­cord­ing to Zoopla.

“And of course there’s Pad­stow. The Cor­nish port may have ‘only’ one Miche­lin star – for Paul Ainsworth’s Num­ber 6 restau­rant – but the em­pire built up by Rick Stein has turned this mod­est fish­ing vil­lage into one of the west coun­try’s most ex­pen­sive places to live.”

Moor Hall was ac­quired by Andy and Tracey Bell with their friend and busi­ness part­ner, chef Mark Bir­chall.

Mark was born in Chor­ley, trained at Run­shaw Col­lege, and be­gan his ca­reer work­ing at The Wal­nut Tree Inn, Aber­gavenny with Franco Tar­us­chio and then at North­cote, Langho with Nigel Ha­worth.

With the ris­ing star at the culi­nary helm of Moor Hall, per­haps the area could see a rise in prop­erty prices.

Moor Hall, run by Mark Bir­chall, inset, could boost house prices in the area

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