A Lancashire restaurant has been named the best restaurant in England at the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards 2022.

Two others in East Lancashire also made the much-anticipated top 100 list.

Moor Hall Restaurant in Aughton, West Lancashire, has been named the best restaurant in England and the second best in the UK.

They are down one place from 2021’s rankings - overtaken by Ynyshir based in Machynlleth, Powys - but second overall is still an incredible achievement for the team.

Chef patron, Mark Birchall, is largely to thank for the rating as he is the brains behind the delicate and produce-driven menu which is inspired by the Lancashire countryside.

Lancashire Telegraph: Moor Hall chef patron, Mark BirchallMoor Hall chef patron, Mark Birchall

Mark said: “I’m over the moon that Moor Hall was awarded Best Restaurant in England 2022 after being no. 1 in the National Restaurant Awards for two consecutive years.

"It’s a list filled with incredible restaurants, chefs and the people who run them, so it’s humbling to be included at all.

"This isn’t about me though, this award goes to the entire team at Moor Hall; it’s such a group effort, and we’re so fortunate to have the best team imaginable.

"Bringing this award back home to Lancashire and flying the flag for the North West and its amazing produce means the world to me.”

 The ambitious restaurant is tasting menu only, offering four and eight courses although guests can expect rather more than this in reality, such is the restaurant’s generosity when it comes to ‘extras’.

Praising Moor Hall, the awards said: "Chef Mark Birchall opened Moor Hall in 2016 having spent the best part of a decade working at Simon Rogan’s then two-starred restaurant L’Enclume, promising at the time to create ‘something special’.

He’s succeeded. His stunning Lancashire restaurant with rooms is located in a Grade II-listed building that dates back to the 13th century and is set in five acres of gardens with its own lake, no less.

"Within just two years of opening, Birchall replicated the success of his mentor, also winning two [Michelin] stars, and he has no intention of stopping there.

"The setup at Moor Hall is impressive. The beautiful glass-fronted restaurant has an open kitchen as well as a walk-in cheese room, where diners are encouraged to visit to make their selection.

"The restaurant makes its own charcuterie in house and uses honey from its five beehives located within its verdant grounds.

"At Moor Hall the food really does the talking. The ambitious restaurant is tasting menu only, offering four and eight courses although guests can expect rather more than this in reality, such is the restaurant’s generosity when it comes to ‘extras’.

"An evening meal starts at the bar with a charcuterie selection before moving to the high-ceilinged room for the main event.

"It’s impressive stuff from a chef at the top of his game, one that marks Moor Hall out as a true Lancashire gem."

Northcote restaurant, in Langho, was also named in the top 100 list ranking at number 96.

An Estrella Damm spokesperson said the restaurant, which is part of the Stafford Collection, “knows how to bring out the best in the Lancashire larder”, describing it as an “elegant” eatery.

Lisa Goodwin-Allen, Executive Chef at Northcote, was also also nominated for chef of the year at the awards.

Lancashire Telegraph: Lisa Goodwin-Allen, chef patron at NorthcoteLisa Goodwin-Allen, chef patron at Northcote

While she lost out to Simon Rogan of Cumbria’s L’Enclume, she was still proud to be one of eight nominated.

She said: "To be recognised as one of the leading eight chefs of the year in the UK has been very humbling. 

“Being nominated is a huge honour and I'm looking forward to bringing more of Lancashire's brilliant flavours and local produce that I'm so passionate about to my dining guests."

Lisa has another shot of winning a chef award as she is in the running for an AA Hospitality Award.  

The Parkers Arms, Newton-in-Bowland, was ranked at number 44 praising its “stunning views” and “fantastic food”.

Chef-patron, Stosie Madi, said the team are “delighted” to have made the top 50.

Lancashire Telegraph: Stosie MadiStosie Madi

She said: "We are delighted to have maintained a listing in the prestigious Top 100 for the sixth year running and to have kept a top 50 listing is just wonderful.

"More than anything we are extremely proud to represent Lancashire and the Ribble Valley nationally once again.

"Being number two in Lancashire is a massive feat and we are very proud."

The multi-award winning venue is known for its modern British food using the finest regional produce, an eclectic selected wine list, real ales and ensuite rooms with views.

Stosi said: “The Parkers Arms is a country pub that welcomes everyone and their dog.

“Our menu is also ruled by what’s local. We made a decision a long time ago that, if it doesn’t grow in the area or within a 30-mile radius, apart from something like chocolate, vanilla or spices, we don’t want it on the menu.

“We are hands on in the day-to-day running of the business, so for our guests It's like coming home to a familiar face.

“Most of all we celebrate Lancashire's produce, seasonality and our surroundings with largesse on a plate.”