Organic farming methods
We employ organic farming methods only, based on ‘no dig’ – meaning we don’t dig the beds which improves soil health and reduces weeds. By avoiding digging we don’t disrupt the soil life – the important micro-organisms, fungi and worms, that help feed plant roots.
No chemicals are applied to the crops at Moor Hall. We use biological control, like ladybird and lace wing larvae to reduce greenfly, or netting carrots and brassicas to keep off root fly and cabbage white butterflies.
We work with nature rather than against it, encouraging wildlife such as hedgehogs to help reduce the slug population. We have four beehives to help with pollination and are looking to increase our wildflower meadow to support bee conservation.
We funnel as much kitchen and garden waste as possible back into the garden for homegrown compost, yielding around two tonnes every 6-10 weeks season dependent. Purchasing of additional compost is minimal and always peat-free. Surplus waste is managed by ReFood, the UK’s only fully integrated food chain recycler, ensuring all food waste is repurposed as crop fertiliser – like we do at Moor Hall, on a nationwide scale.
Grow your own
We are completely self-sufficient with regards to sourcing micro herbs and baby vegetables, with around ten different micro herbs grown at any one time depending on the season, such as celery, anise hyssop, fennel and baby carrots.
All edible flowers are grown on-site too, such as cornflowers, violas, primulas, calendula, marigold and borage flowers, as well as additional garnishes such as oxalis, wood sorrel, buckler sorrel and nasturtium.
During the summer, our gardens turn an impressive crop, growing the likes of peas, broad beans, French beans, runner beans, courgettes, cucumbers, beetroot, turnip, carrot, fennel, agretti, crosnes, wild strawberries, raspberries, heritage apples & pears, peaches, plums, medler, quince, artichokes, cabbages, kales, leeks, New Zealand spinach and baby red onions.
We also cure our own meats for our charcuterie, and in our dairy we produce cheese, butter and yogurt using raw milk from a small, local herd of Holstein Friesian.
We work with suppliers whose ethos is similar to ours and this goes beyond the kitchen.
We use Wild Farmed for our flour. Echoing our own farming methods, they use simple regenerative practices and work with nature to cultivate high-quality grains without chemicals. By 2030 the Wildfarmed system will be taking as much CO2 out of the atmosphere as a 100-year-old rainforest the size of Greater London.
We only use British sustainable flowers on-site for decoration, either cut flowers homegrown at Moor Hall, or sourced from sustainable florist and grower, Petal & Twig, based in Tarleton. Petal & Twig are members of Flowers from the Farm, the national not-for-profit network supporting small scale British Flower growers, and like us they are passionate about promoting seasonal, British and locally grown flowers.
Our bathroom products are provided by Pure Lakes, handmade with only the finest, high quality natural ingredients and packaged minimally using environmentally friendly materials. All Pure Lakes ingredients are naturally derived and always from a traceable and sustainable source, with preference given to Fair Trade and small co-operatives.
During Moor Hall’s extensive renovation, as many original features as possible were retained, and where possible, materials were repurposed.
Sandstone from the building features in our crockery, taken when Moor Hall was a mere building site. Talented ceramic artist Sarah Jerath makes the crockery locally in Parbold, setting materials from our surroundings into the clay. Sarah hand finishes each dish so no two are the same, and each is made with passion and care.
16th century oak beams from the original barn on-site were also repurposed, used in the garden’s pergola which was crafted by a local joiner. The beams were also used to clad the corridor downstairs in The Barn, and to create tableside wooden pegs to house the meat blade during your main course at Moor Hall.