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 bobs, and a landlord who knows the name of everyone in the village.
The Star Inn has steadily crept up the Top 50 Gastropubs list over the past three years, coming in third and fifth place in 2016 and 2015 respectively. In 2017, the pub made it to the top of the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs list for the third time in history.
Star Inn chef-patron Andrew Pern is something of a local celebrity, not least because he’s had his stellar pub for more than 20 years and owns several other sites across the north-east of England.
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: pan-fried foie gras teamed with rich black pudding, doused in a sticky scrumpy cider reduction.
Further menu highlights include Rievaulx shot partridge with juniper-creamed Brussel sprouts, pine-smoked Alsace bacon, smoked beets and clementine with Port wine juices; and baked sherried fig frangipane with toasted marzipan, nibbled almost brittle, candied clementine and figgy toffee ice cream.
No foams or airs (neither edible nor 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 à 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 is consistently named among the best places to stay in the UK by national newspapers and other publications.
Accommodation accolades are well deserved and representative of the Star’s distinct, sophisticated, yet comfortable style.
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 Mr P’s Curious Tavern, which are both in York. But he has also expanded further afield and launched Star Inn the Harbour, a Whitby-based venue.
The Star Inn at Harome / CHEF
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