Two Merseyside restaurants named in Harden’s UK top 100

Two Merseyside restaurants and one near Ormskirk have been named one of the UK’s 100 best by Harden’s.

Harden’s is the UK’s first user-generated restaurant guide, with ratings provided statistically from survey feedback.

The restaurant guide covers everything from the best fish and chips – to the great gastropubs and the perfect little local restaurants – to the greatest temples of haute cuisine.

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Diners give ratings for food, service, and ambiance by leaving a brief review.

Harden’s editors then take the feedback and carefully curate the guide. Each restaurant is also compared to others in the same price range.

At the end, the restaurants end up with a rating from 1 to 5. Only the best restaurants make it to the guide.

Harden’s has included two Merseyside restaurants in its top 100 for 2022 – The Art School Restaurant and Fraiche, as well as Moor Hall which is in Aughton, near Ormskirk

The art school restaurant

The art school restaurant is included in the list

Harden called The Art School’s food “outstanding”, its service “good” and its atmosphere “very good”.

Here’s what Harden said about the restaurant: “Paul Askew’s cooking continues to excel, in a lovely airy room next to the Liverpool Philharmonic which really does the job.

“The restaurant is definitely a cut above the rest and the menu is always interesting and beautifully presented.

“It’s formal but not stuffy, and it’s a go-to for business lunches as well as special occasion dinners. Top Tip: “fixed price lunch (also available before the theater in the early evening) is excellent value.”


Harden’s called Fraiche’s food “outstanding”, its service “very good”, and its atmosphere “good”.

Here’s what Harden had to say about the restaurant: “If you’re lucky enough to get a table at this little gem of a restaurant, you won’t be disappointed.

‘Chef-patron Marc Wilkinson puts his life and soul into this ‘intimate’ little place in a conservation village on the Wirral, which has just a dozen covers and a music playlist curated by the owner.

“There is a cheaper lunch, but the main offering is a six-course signature menu for £115pp, which offers ‘exceptional flavours’.

You can check out the full list of the top 100 restaurants here .

Hall of the Moors

The guide described Moor Hall’s food and service as “outstanding” and its atmosphere as “very good”.

Here’s what Harden had to say about Moor Hall: “Continuing its majestic rise to become the UK’s finest restaurant in what was for many decades West Lancashire’s gastronomic wasteland – Mark Birchall’s medieval mansion to the north Liverpool has, since opening in 2017, won award after award and “a third Michelin star must be near.

“Booking here, even for lunch, is like buying a ticket to an experience that begins with the approach of a long drive (and during which a visit to the gardens is highly recommended).

Moor Hall on Prescot Road in Ormskirk is a Grade II listed detached gentry house
Moor Hall on Prescot Road in Ormskirk is a Grade II listed detached gentry house

“Although the room itself is old, it has been considerably adapted to its modern use, and the dining room itself is in a contemporary extension: an unusual design with high ceilings and lots of glass overlooking the lake and the gardens.

“Mark’s ‘out of this world’ cooking is based largely on regional ingredients from Lancashire’s underrated pantry. There’s a clever use of contrasting flavors and the cooking can really make very simple ingredients sing.

“In particular, they do incredibly brilliant things with root vegetables (especially carrots and turnips!).

“The slightly formal service is impeccable, with the team pulling off that trick of being laid back and friendly without ever losing sight of their role in making sure everything goes according to plan.

“Reviews are few and the only consistent negative among reports is the wallet-no surprise hangover that a visit entails. For the most part, though, it’s just 10/10s all around. The perfect weekend – total luxury!”

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