Aughton, Lancashire, United Kingdom, April 20, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Kane Williams has been appointed Head Chef of The Barn at Moor Hall, Mark Birchall’s Michelin-starred neighbourhood restaurant in Aughton, Lancashire. Together, Mark and Kane have developed exciting new menus for The Barn, which celebrate the best seasonal ingredients, largely grown within Moor Hall’s five-acre grounds or sourced from local suppliers.
The restaurant will continue to offer a relaxed dining experience inspired by local heritage and tradition, whilst serving the imaginative British dishes of understated elegance that have earned The Barn its reputation as one of the best informal dining destinations in the country.
Kane Williams started his career at Sosban & The Old Butchers in Anglesey, not far from his hometown of Bangor in North Wales. He went on to join Tom Kerridge’s The Hand & Flowers before moving to London to work at The Ledbury. Kane has been part of the kitchen team at Moor Hall since the doors first opened in 2017, joining Moor Hall Restaurant as chef de partie and working his way up to sous chef.
After six years under the guidance of Chef Patron Mark Birchall, Kane has now stepped up to lead the kitchen at The Barn.
Dishes from Mark and Kane’s new a la carte menu for The Barn include West coast sea trout with Florentine fennel, sea lettuce, fresh cream and dill; Cumbrian chicken with asparagus, morel mushroom, ramson and elderflower vinegar sauce; Prune and amaretto soufflé with almond ice cream; and Tarleton strawberries, buttermilk custard, verbena curd and sponge. The Barn also offers set lunch and dinner menus, and an extremely popular Sunday lunch.
About Moor Hall
Moor Hall is a stunning grade II listed building steeped in history dating back to the thirteenth century. The site was acquired by Andy and Tracey Bell in 2015 and has since undergone a major renovation. In partnership with Chef Patron Mark Birchall, Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms opened in early 2017, with The Barn at Moor Hall opening later in the same year. Located in Aughton, Moor Hall is surrounded by picturesque West Lancashire countryside and set in five acres of beautiful, productive gardens.
Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms holds two Michelin Stars, a Michelin Green Star, five AA Rosettes, rated as ‘world-class’ in the Good Food Guide and has repeatedly topped the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards. Alongside the restaurant, Moor Hall has a private dining room, bar and lounge, and seven luxurious guest bedrooms.
The Barn at Moor Hall is Mark’s charming neighbourhood restaurant, offering a relaxed dining experience inspired by local heritage and tradition. The Barn was awarded its first Michelin Star in 2022.
Mark Birchall was born in Chorley and trained at Runshaw College. Alongside Andy and Tracey Bell, he opened Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms in 2017, offering an outstanding dining experience inspired by the local landscape and its many producers, farmers and artisans. Prior to Moor Hall, Mark worked for and alongside some of the most revered culinary minds and respected restaurants including three Michelin-starred El Celler de Can Roca in Spain, L’Enclume in Cumbria and Northcote in Lancashire. While at L’Enclume, Mark won the Roux Scholarship in 2011, and more recently, he was crowned Best Chef in the UK, winning the Chefs’ Chef of the Year award at the AA Hospitality Awards.