The Star Inn at Harome

Helmsley, Yorkshire

In ‘a lovely village' on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors, Andrew Pern’s ‘stylish old inn’ is a mix-and-thatch of ancient cruck-framed pub, dining extension, and lodgings in a converted building opposite. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

In ‘a lovely village’ on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors, Andrew Pern’s ‘stylish old inn’ is a mix-and-thatch of ancient cruck-framed pub, dining extension, and lodgings in a converted building opposite. The ‘characterful’ accommodation presents difficult choices. Will it be a spa bath or a snooker table? Perhaps that ground-floor room with upright piano? The low-beamed bar is similarly eccentric, with oak furniture by Robert (Mouseman) Thompson, and a coffee loft above. The great draw, however, is Mr Pern’s Michelin-starred cooking of local, home-grown, shot or foraged ingredients, in such dishes as Star hive honey-glazed gammon, spiced pineapple, smoked bacon ice cream, sage-cured egg yolk, chestnut mushroom shavings, sauce ‘Perpignan’. Service was ‘first class’. Pull up a button-back chair in the colourful restaurant, or eat alfresco – ‘in summer the garden is a wonderful place to lunch’. An ‘amazing’ breakfast, served in The Wheelhouse, under a high, beamed ceiling, ‘at a vast circular table, like something out of Camelot’, included ‘great-tasting cooked options’, smoked salmon, rollmops, juices. ‘We can’t wait to go back.’ (RC, SH)

Hotel details

Address

High Street
Harome
Helmsley
Yorkshire
YO62 5JE
England

Telephone

01439 770397

Bedrooms

9. All in Cross House Lodge, opposite, 4 on ground floor.

Open

all year, restaurant closed midday Mon, last orders Sun 6 pm.

Facilities

lounge, restaurant, The Wheelhouse private dining room, free Wi-Fi in reception, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, terrace, 2-acre garden, restaurant wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in lounge and dining room.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 3 bedrooms by arrangement, not in restaurant or pub.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £150–£270. Market menu £20–£25, à la carte £60, tasting menu £85.