A Lancashire restaurant has just been voted the best in the UK

With so many restaurants to chose from, it can be hard to pick your favourite – let alone decide on which is the best in the entire country. But that’s exactly what a group of experts did at The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards 2019 earlier this week.

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Moor Hall

If you had to guess, most of us would assume the winning eatery was based in London, seeing as it is the capital city. However, we were pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t the case this time, as the Lancashire-based Moor Hall was crowned National Restaurant of the Year.

The two Michelin-starred restaurant is run by chef-patron Mark Birchall and located in Aughton, West Lancashire, where it is housed in a building that boasts stunning interior.

The restaurant focuses on modern British cuisine, serving dishes like deer with elderberry, beetroot and kale and turbot with mussel cream, much of which is made by using produce grown on the five-acre site it is situated on. Prices start at around £65 per person.

Moor Hall was one of 23 Northern restaurants featured in the top 100 list, marking 2019 as the year with the highest number of Northern and Scottish restaurants ranked than ever before.

However, London is still in the lead with over half of the restaurants featured on the list located in the capital – 54 out of 100 to be exact.

In fact, Shoreditch-based restaurant Brat came in right behind Moor Hall at second place, while chef Tom Brown’s Cornerstone in Hackney came in third, and the other two restaurants in the top five are in London too.

The 100 best restaurants in the UK 2019

1. Moor Hall
2. Brat
3. Cornerstone
4. Core by Clare Smyth
5. Sabor
6. L’Enclume
7. Mere
8. Claude Bosi at Bibendum
9. Ynyshir
10. The Ledbury
11. A Wong
12. The River Café
13. The Sportsman
14. Restaurant Sat Bains
15. Kiln
16. Paul Ainsworth at No. 6
17. Lyle’s
18. Forest Side
19. Casamia
20. House of Tides
21. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw
22. Roganic
23. The French House
24. Elystan Street
25. The Ritz
26. Frenchie
27. Brawn
28. Noble Rot
29. The Black Swan at Oldstead
30. The Fordwich Arms
31. Chez Bruce
32. Hide
33. Ikoyi
34. Trinity
35. The Crown at Burchett’s Green
36. The Coach
37. The Hand & Flowers
38. The Parkers Arms
39. Freemasons at Wiswell
40. Skosh
41. The Elephant
42. Roots
43. The Clove Club
44. The Frog by Adam Handling
45. Roux at Parliament Square
46. Burlington at The Devonshire Arms
47. Cora Pearl
48. Hicce
49. Ondine
50. The Quality Chop House
51. Black Axe Mangal
52. Pollen Street Social
53. Whatley Manor
54. Coombeshead Farm
55. St. John
56. The Angel Inn at Hetton
57. The Dairy
58. The Fat Duck
59. The Palomar
60. Helene Darroze at The Connaught
61. Kym’s
62. Social Eating House
63. The Kitchin
64. Bright
65. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
66. Etch
67. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons
68. Timberyard
69. Midsummer House
70. Rochelle Canteen
71. Two Lights
72. 40 Maltby Street
73. Mana
74. The Walnut Tree
75. Indian Accent
76. Kitchen Table by Bubbledogs
77. Yügo
78. Restaurant Story
79. The Little Chartroom
80. The Laughing Heart
81. The Mash Inn
82. Raby Hunt
83. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie
84. The Woodspeen
85. Wine and Brine
86. Holborn Dining Room
87. The Harwood Arms
88. Brigadiers
89. Perilla
90. The Little Fish Market
91. The Man Behind the Curtain
92. Carters of Moseley
93. Darjeeling Express
94. Joro
95. Le Cochon Aveugle
96. The White Swan at Fence
97. Spring
98. Holbeck Ghyll
99. Trullo
100. The Ninth