Moor Hall in Aughton bags Michelin star less than a year after opening

MOOR Hall restaurant with rooms at Aughton, near Ormskirk, which only opened earlier this year, has already been awarded a Michelin star.

It was the only North West newcomer in this year’s round of awards – and Manchester again missed out on a star.

Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor retained its one-star rating for the 28th consecutive year and remains the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Cheshire.

Manchester city centre tapas restaurant El Gato Negro received a Michelin Bib Gourmand for the second year running.

Mark Birchall (pictured), the Chorley-born chef patron of Moor Hall who was former executive chef at L’Enclume in Cumbria said: “It has been a tremendous team effort.

“We are a young business, but our chefs and front-of-house staff have remarkable backgrounds and experience that has come together to make Moor Hall very focused on delivering a special customer experience.”

A spokesman for the Michelin Guide said: “With a style all his own former Roux Scholarship winner Mark Birchall made Moor Hall the opening of the year.”

Moor Hall joins current North West Michelin restaurants L’Enclume (two stars), Forest Side, Grasmere, Fraiche, Birkenhead, Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, Windermere, Northcote, Langho, and Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor.  The Samling in Ambleside lost its one star.

Simon Radley said: “It is fair to say that we have retained the Michelin star for a length of time more than most within the UK, however, every time, I am humbled by the incredible quality and talent that we share this honour with.

“As ever, this is a team effort and I am exceptionally proud of everyone involved, working tirelessly to maintain the high standards that we set to achieve.”

Simon Shaw, chef patron of El Gato Negro, said: “We’re absolutely blown away to have been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand for the second year running in Manchester.

“It’s an incredible team effort and a fantastic achievement for all, we’re looking forward to raising a glass together to celebrate.”

Other Bib Gourmand restaurants in the North West are The Waggon, Birtle, the White Swan, Fence, and Braccisca Grill in Stockport.

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