Five-star rat­ing as Hall chef makes his Mark

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@reach­ @jamie_lopez1

AN AUGHTON restau­rant has be­come one of just 17 UK restau­rants to be awarded a fifth AA rosette for culi­nary ex­cel­lence.

The award was given to Moor Hall, just weeks af­ter the up-mar­ket venue was in­cluded in the Good Food Guide 2019.

The fifth rosette, awarded by the AA Restau­rant Guide, recog­nises the very high­est in culi­nary skills and stan­dards.

More than 2,000 restaur-ants across the coun­try have been recog­nised by the guide, but fewer than 1% re­ceive the max­i­mum five rosettes.

Moor Hall, a 16th cen­tury Grade II*-listed manor house, was bought by Andy and Tracey Bell in 2015. The build­ing un­der­went a multi-mil­lion pound trans­for­ma­tion, in part­ner­ship with friend and busi­ness part­ner Mark Bir­chall.

Since open­ing, it has re­ceived wide­spread ac­claim and been given a host of ex­clu­sive awards, in­clud­ing a Miche­lin star.

It has also been been recog­nised in the Ob­server Monthly Food awards and ear­lier this year was named Best Break­through at the pres­ti­gious GQ Food & Drink Awards, with judges de­scrib­ing it as a “stand­out op­er­a­tion in ev­ery way”.

Moor Hall mar­ket­ing man­ager Jen­nifer Bir­chall said: “We are de­lighted to be awarded our fifth rosette for culi­nary ex­cel­lence by the AA Restau­rant Guide. The award ac­knowl­edges the mag­nif­i­cent culi­nary skills and stan­dards de­liv­ered by Mark and the team, who have worked tire­lessly to cre­ate del­i­cate and in­spired dishes for you to en­joy.

“The restau­rant re­ceived four AA rosettes just four months af­ter achiev­ing its third in Septem­ber, 2017; there­fore, it is a huge ac­com­plish­ment for the team to re­ceive a fifth rosette only one year later.”

The venue is pre­par­ing to host a Lan­cashire Day event on Novem­ber 27.

The evening will fea­ture a Lan­cashire-themed six­course taster menu, with chefs Nigel Haworth and Paul Heath­cote join­ing Mark Bir­chall in the kitchen. Tick­ets cost £165 per per­son.

Moor Hall is a 16th cen­tury listed build­ing

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