An historic C14th thatched inn with hospitality steeped in its very timbers, The Star Inn is located in the picturesque village of Harome on the edge of the North York Moors.
It was taken over in 1996 by Andrew Pern and has since won nearly every award worth its salt for Andrew's 'Modern Yorkshire' cooking and his Inn’s warm hospitality, including a Michelin star held for the greater part of the last two decades. Andrew, who recently appeared on BBC’s’ Countryfile’ programme and was a Finalist on ‘Great British Menu’, is a great exponent of regional, seasonal cooking.
His frequently changing menus reflect the best of what’s on offer, such as Asparagus ‘Bavarois’ with New Season Broad Beans, Peas and Radishes, Crispy Pheasant Egg, Bergamot Dressing and Grilled Fillet of John Dory with Duck Fat Confit Morteau Sausage, Salt ’n’ Pepper Squid, Caramelised Onion Puree, Charred Gem and Charcoal Oil in early summer, to autumnal game dishes, such as Pan-fried Breast of Pheasant wrapped in Saddleback Bacon with Chestnut Mash, Black Trumpet Mushrooms and Perigeaux Truffle.
Andrew, born and bred in Whitby, claims his menus are inspired by The Star Inn’s locality. The local shoots provide him, in season, with a ready supply of game, pheasant, partridge, hare and deer, whilst beef and pork come from nearby farms, and fish and shellfish from the North Sea.
Some of his suppliers are literally on his doorstep, in the village of Harome, including ‘Loose Birds and Game’ (which provided the title for Andrew’s second book) and his honey supplier, Mrs Hall, whilst just outside the back door of The Star’s kitchen is its own garden, where herbs, edible flowers and vegetables are grown.
In fair weather, The Star’s gardens are the perfect al fresco dining location extending into the Inn’s own kitchen gardens. Private dining is available in a quirky mural-painted room in the eaves and also in the Kitchen Table off to the side of the main dining room.
Accommodation is available at Cross House Lodge, the Star's nine-bedroomed shooting lodge-style hotel, which is filled with rustic, stylish and quirky features, whether the snooker table in Room 5, piano in Room 8 or the rope-slung bed in Room 4. Just off from the hotel’s lounge is The Wheelhouse, with its huge octagonal table, where breakfast is normally taken. The Wheelhouse is also licensed for wedding ceremonies and is a popular choice for private parties.
Cross House Lodge is a great base for exploring the North Yorkshire Moors, whether on foot, by bike, car, horse, glider… There are gentle walks and cycle rides starting and finishing at The Star, and plenty more options for the more adventurous close-by: the Dalby Forest mountain biking tracks, gliding from Sutton Bank or horse-riding from Helmsley: plenty of options for creating a healthy appetite!