7 of the best restaurants in the north – officially

2 weeks ago

Some might claim that it’s “something in the air”, but we think it’s no coincidence that restaurants in the north are finally being recognised by the likes of the Estrella Damm Restaurant Awards.

With Moor Hall in Lancashire coming top of the list this year, and The Angel at Hetton (reviewed recently by our own Anja Madhvani) taking a close second, the north is quite rightly getting the attention it deserves.

Read on for 7 of the best restaurants in the north – good luck getting your reservation.

  • One of the stunning dishes served at Moor Hall, the restaurant with two Michelin stars in Aughton, Lancashire.
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    Moor Hall

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    Moor Hall delivers Michelin magic in a historic country house setting.

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    The Angel at Hetton


    One of the stars of TV’s The Trip with Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan – and awarded a Michelin star in 2021 – The Angel at Hetton is the original gastro pub with rooms.

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  • One of the inventive dishes served at Michelin starred restaurant L'Enclume in Cartmel.
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    One of the UK’s best restaurants. Executive chef Simon Rogan’s simple, imaginative L’Enclume typically exceeds its formidable reputation, serving florid takes on foraged ingredients and food sourced from the restaurant’s own 12 acre farm.

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  • One of the dishes served at Manchester's only Michelin star restaurant, Mana in Ancoats.
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    Michelin-starred restaurant Mana is the brainchild of chef patron Simon Martin who mastered his trade at the renowned Noma in Copenhagen. In his first few years at Mana, Martin has succeeded in carving his own path – one which confuses and delights people in equal measure.

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    The Moorcock Inn

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    An astonishing arrival on the Northern culinary scene, The Moorcock Inn serves foraged and regional ingredients in thrilling configurations, catching the eye of national food critics and diners alike.

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  • Inside Skosh restaurant in York which serves adventurous world-fusion food with spectacular results.
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    Going by name and appearances, you’d be forgiven for mistaking Skosh for a Scandi furniture shop: tables the colour of driftwood bob in a greyscale dining room with an Ikea-yellow wall as the backdrop. In fact, its open kitchen is staffed with chefs preparing British dishes with an adventurous and international flavour. Skosh offers as close to perfect as world-fusion cooking gets in the UK. 

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  • The striking interior of The Man Behind the Curtain - Michael O'Hare's Michelin star restaurant in Leeds
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    The Man Behind the Curtain

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    New look, same, wild styling from the Michelin-starred, glam rock loving chef. In 2018, chef-patron Michael O’Hare upped sticks from the Flannels department store attic where he made his name with The Man Behind the Curtain and moved into the basement of the same building.

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