Posted by: westlancashirerecord | April 10, 2017

Aughton Moor Hall Dignitary Guest

Former Liverpool manager and Aughton resident Roy Evans has become an ambassador for the Moor Hall hotel and restaurant. He wrote “Massive thanks to Mark and all his excellent staff @restmoorhall last night. Incredible food and setting. Highly recommend”. Roy is pictured with staff.  Also rumoured to have dined at Moor Hall   is local Aughton & Downholland Councillor David O’Toole. But could Moor Hall kill affordable homes targets for Aughton?

In Cartmel, a town previously popular with walkers but otherwise little known outside of the Lake District, the establishment of the now two Michelin stars L’Enclume, which was voted Britain’s best restaurant in the last three editions of the Good Food Guide has resulted in other foodie enterprises moving in, plus an influx of second homes and visitors, leading to an increase in housing demand as well as a 5% increase in prices over the last year.

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 per cent in just one year. In the past year alone, the village has seen average house price rises of no less than 14 per cent 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. It has only 3,000 permanent residents yet four restaurants in the 2015 Good Food Guide. two of the four are owned by Rick Stein who in addition has two other eateries, a pub, four shops, a cookery school and several places offering accommodation. House prices are soaring – two-bed apartments start at about £300,000.

The Moor Hall site was acquired by Andy and Tracey Bell together with friend, business partner and Chef Patron Mark Birchall, who was most recently the Executive Chef of the two Michelin Star L’Enclume restaurant in Cartmel. 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. He also worked at El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, a 3 Michelin Star Restaurant owned by the Roca Brothers, twice voted the world’s best restaurant. Mark joined L’Enclume in 2006, where he helped guide the team to five AA Rosettes, two Michelin stars and the UK’s best restaurant in the Good Food Guide with a full 10/10 rating. He was named Cumbria Chef of the Year in 2014.

So with rising star Mark Birchall at the culinary helm of Moor Hall perhaps Aughton and its surrounding areas will become the next Cartmel, Bray or Padstow?



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