Moor Hall – Aughton, Lancashire
A gastronomic hotspot that has already reached the stars: two Michelin ones to be precise. The 16th-century Moor Hall was transformed into an opulent restaurant with rooms in 2017, achieving its first Michelin star within six months of opening and the second in 2018. It also topped the UK’s list of best 100 restaurants this year. Chef patron Mark Birchall is the self-effacing culinary genius at the helm. Inspired by the property’s exceptional surroundings and homegrown ingredients, the menu is a celebration of modern British cuisine, served on local, specially designed pottery, with wines to match. There are seven gorgeous bedrooms. Five in the main house have period features, overlooking landscaped gardens and a glistening lake. Our favourite – The Mulberry Suite – is the most spacious, with a showstopper freestanding bath in front of an open marble fireplace. In the gatehouse by the lake, two further bedrooms have a more contemporary feel and enormous emperor beds. The Barn at Moor Hall next door is Birchall’s fantastic neighbourhood restaurant that again celebrates the most local produce, from aged Holstein Friesian beef with cured egg yolk to Yorkshire rhubarb with cream cheese mousse.
Doubles from £220
+44 (0)1695 572511; moorhall.com