Good Hotel Guide Review
Millions have been poured into the restoration of a Tudor manor house on a lake, today a restaurant-with-rooms and theatre for the skills of co-proprietor/chef Mark Birchall. Within 19 months of opening, it had two Michelin stars, matching the success of L’Enclume in Cumbria where Mr Birchall was Simon Rogan’s head chef. Here is Lancashire on a plate. In the restaurant you can watch the brigade working with produce from the kitchen garden and glasshouse, preparing such dishes as black pudding with pickled gooseberry; Aynhoe Park fallow deer, kale and elderberry; and garden apples with birch sap and apple marigold. A more casual meal in The Barn might bring Herdwick lamb saddle, caramelised turnips, new-season garlic and pot-roast shoulder. Individually styled bedrooms (two at ground level in The Gatehouse) blend rustic charm and oak beams with modern comforts. All have a lake view, coffee machine, mini-fridge, maybe an emperor bed, a slipper bath and walk-in shower. Breakfast, served tasting-menu style, brings yogurt, fruit and pastries, charcuterie made in-house, then a traditional full English.
7. 2 on ground floor in Gatehouse.
hotel open all year except 2–26 Jan 2022, closed Mon/Tues.
bar, lounge, 2 restaurants, in-room TV (Freeview), 5-acre grounds, ground floor public areas wheelchair accessible, lift to one restaurant, adapted toilet.
in public areas.
well-behaved children of all ages welcomed.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £220–£395. Moor Hall 4-course lunch £85, 8-course dinner £185, à la carte (Barn) £56 (plus 12.5% discretionary service charge).