Two North West venues were among the big winners at the prestigious GQ Magazine Food & Drink Awards, which were held on April 23rd in London.
The Breakthrough Award went to Moor Hall near Ormskirk in Lancashire which was awarded a Michelin star in its first year of business.
GQ Magazine said about Moor Hall:
Situated in Aughton, Lancashire, in five acres of gardens with views of a lake that’s said to be the remains of a medieval moat, is Moor Hall. Bought by Andy and Tracey Bell in 2015, the long-awaited restaurant with rooms opened in March last year, following an 18-month renovation. But it is their partnership with former L’Enclume executive chef Mark Birchall that makes Moor Hall so interesting. Birchall creates delicate, produce-driven menus inspired by Moor Hall’s surroundings, but brings his knowledge together in a style of his own.
“What a start to a new business,” says judge Richard Corrigan. “Moor Hall is a stand out operation in every aspect.” Awarded a Michelin star in its first year of business, you know it’s the start of much more to come.
The title of Best Overall Experience was won by L’Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria, with GQ magazine going on to say:
Simon Rogan’s two Michelin-starred restaurant L’Enclume stays true to both the simple village location and rich surrounding land. Praised by judge Richard Corrigan as a “chef on a mission, always pushing boundaries”, Rogan’s personality and talent is evident in the refined, inspired dishes. Favouring stripped-back seasonal dining, L’Enclume specialises in growing and foraging produce, with vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers sourced from its 12-acre farm taking centre stage.
“Rogan is paving the way for sustainable gastronomy,” says Bertrand Steip. “His focus on under-used ingredients is reason alone to visit his restaurant.” If mindful dining exists, this is it.