Ask the average diner what makes a perfect country pub and it’s likely they’ll describe something like the Star Inn at Harome.
A thatched roof, a cosy interior adorned with historical bits and pieces, and a landlord who knows the name of everyone in the village.
The Star Inn has crept steadily up the Top 50 Gastropubs list over the past three years, coming in third and fifth place in 2016 and 2015 respectively.
Star Inn chef-patron Andrew Pern is something of a local celebrity, not least because he’s had his stellar pub for 20 years.
The Star’s name has become synonymous across the country with a dedication to fine produce and playful but refined cooking.
Take Pern’s best-known dish, which he describes as the epitome of his “rich man, poor man” style: seared foie gras teamed with rich black pudding, doused in a sticky scrumpy cider reduction.
Further menu highlights include Yorkshire Dales “Galloway” beef tartare with smoked bacon, HP ripple ice cream and fried bread ‘sprinkles’; and steamed spice pineapple sponge with cinder toffee, rum and raisin ice cream
No foams or airs (edible or the put-on kind) will emerge from the Star’s kitchen. Only the best Yorkshire produce, cooked to perfection.
Diners can choose to order from an extensive a la carte menu or take on one of Pern’s extensive tasting menus with optional matched wines.
The Star also offers a range of boutique hotel rooms and accommodates hunting parties throughout the season. It’s best to book well in advance.
Those visiting from further afield would be wise to check out Pern’s other venues – there’s his take on a thriving bistro, the Star in the City and his recently opened Curious Tavern, Mr P’s, both in York.