Moor Hall – Aughton, Lancashire
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A now-renowned gastronomic hotspot – with fabulous bedrooms – 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 2019. Chef patron Mark Birchall is the self-effacing culinary genius at the helm, responsible for creating a temple of gastronomy à la mode. You could put a baby to bed on the cushioned carpets in the huge, gorgeous bedrooms (think silver, glass, purple, white leather, satin), while the contemporary wood and glass dining room might easily transport you to Cape Town, Sydney or California. The food (think turbot with mussels followed by Yorkshire rhubarb) is nothing short of sensational, served on local, specially designed pottery, with wines to match. But that’s not all: the converted medieval barn next door is Birchall’s neighbourhood restaurant, The Barn at Moor Hall, showcasing the best seasonal produce, mostly sourced from Moor Hall’s five-acre estate, where the fulsome walled kitchen garden is a wonder to behold.
Doubles from £220
+44 (0)1695 572511; moorhall.com