Aughton – the small village with a big reputation for good food
1 year ago
By now, most people will now have heard of Moor Hall, the two Michelin Star restaurant nestled in five acres of countryside just over the border in West Lancashire.
But away from the exquisite dishes and beautiful surroundings of chef Mark Birchall’s luxurious venue, the village of Aughton is turning into something of a foodie haven with something to cater for all budgets.
We went for a look and found some great independents. Here is our pick of five of Aughton’s best.
The Stanley Arms
This family run pub has a well-deserved reputation for great food, friendly service, good beer and cocktails.
The pub, which dates back to the 18th Century, is found just off the main A59 so is easy to reach by car and is around a 15-minute walk from Town Green train station.
There is always a good mix of established beers and guest ales and if you happen upon a sunny day then give the gorgeous beer garden and outside bar a try.
We can highly recommend the mixed grill for anyone with a big appetite and the veggie lasagne for non-meat eaters is brilliant. Don’t get us started on Sunday lunch as we will be here all day – the roast potatoes are to die for.
Fancy a quiz night? Call in at 9pm on a Tuesday for a fun evening complete with complimentary sandwiches while you grapple over an anagram.
Booking for food is advised 01695 423241.
Arthur’s of Aughton
Conveniently placed right next to Town Green station, Arthur’s is the perfect hang out if you like good wines and beers.
The outside area is a real sun trap later in the day and with great staff on hand to talk you through the wine list, this is a lovely spot for an evening drink.
The grazing platters are gorgeous and the soup of the day, served with sourdough, will be just the thing for an autumn lunch.
You can also call in for coffee and cake and make sure you keep an eye on their socials and website for occasional wine tasting evenings.
The next-door neighbour of Arthur’s in Town Green Lane, the Daily Dose is a brilliant breakfast and lunch spot.
The Turkish Eggs come highly recommended, the pancakes and veggie breakfast are fab and if you like a milkshake this is the place for you.
With outdoor seating and a cosy interior, locals agree this coffee shop has proved an excellent addition to Aughton life.
Find out more here.
A little further along Town Green Lane, you will find this upmarket restaurant, the first truly solo venture from renowned chef Tim Allen.
Allen brings a background of cooking in Michelin star establishments to Aughton and food fans are raving about the results.
If you want to enjoy a special meal, then the tasting menu features exquisite dishes including pork belly and local cauliflower in madras spices. There is also a Sunday lunch option and vegetarian variations.
For full menus see the website here.
The Barn at Moor Hall
The Barn is Moor Hall’s sister restaurant and another destination if you want a special lunch or evening meal.
Recently awarded its own first Michelin star, there is a gorgeous menu featuring many local ingredients, some grown in the grounds of Moor Hall itself.
There is a set lunch menu priced at £36, served Thursday to Saturday, but if you want a real treat we’d highly recommend the Sunday lunch, priced at £46 for two courses. This is a place to push the boat out for a special occasion and you won’t be disappointed.
Find out more about The Barn and Moor Hall Restaurant here.