The Star Inn Pub with rooms in Harome, North Yorkshire

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£180 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Handsome, thatched village gem
  • Fabulous, cosy, stone-flagged bar
  • Great drinking and dining garden
  • Friendly, relaxed but efficient service
  • Quirky, comfy bedrooms, all different
  • Sensational menu – eat it anywhere
  • Kitchen garden and orchard
  • Great location below North York Moors

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The Star Inn Harome, North Yorkshire , YO62 5JE

The personal touch

You know you’ve landed somewhere special when you spot the thatch on the long, low roof of the smartly whitewashed Star Inn at Harome, a 15th century pub perched on the edge of the North Yorks Moors. Local lad Andrew Pern took the reins in 1996, won the first Michelin star for Yorkshire and has been delighting us ever since. Walk into the beautiful beamed bar, all stone flags, wonky walls, open fires and burnished old oak furniture and the sat-back, chatty service only adds to the magic of the place. Duck your head if you’re going through to the charmingly cluttered dining room – but no such moves are required if you’re heading for the elegant eaterie at the far end, with its grey tweed banquettes, sleek surfaces and porthole windows. A smart terraced garden out back beckons on warm days – it’s a sun trap and a very popular place to be. If you’re lucky you might spot the chefs picking leaves for your supper in the immaculate cottage garden beyond.

Sticky fingers

There’s a kid’s menu, or they can have small portions of the regular menu.

Muddy paws

No dogs in the pub; allowed in three of the rooms (£30).


There’s a fabulous terraced garden at the back, between the pub and the veg & herb garden with lots of room – choose from any of the menus. There’s an attractive patio space outside the hotel where you can have breakfast on a good day.


Foodie Feast breaks (from £495 for 2 people for 2 nights)

What’s the Damage?
9 Doubles: £170 to £260 per room per night

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant but not rooms
  • Parking

Michelin Star; Waitrose Good Food Guide


The Star Inn Harome, North Yorkshire , YO62 5JE

Do not disturb

The Star’s nine fabulous bedrooms are a short stroll across the lane from the pub in a stunning old stone barn; expect stone flags, monumental beams and roaring fires – and that’s just the resident’s sitting room and bar. The rooms are completely unique – all different and many of them quirky; one of them has a rope-slung bed, another has its own piano – and Room 5 comes complete with a snooker table! But what they all have in common is fat mattresses, sumptuous linen and spotless, modern bathrooms – some have fabulous spa baths sunk into entirely wood-clad spaces that feel more like saunas. They’re rooms you won’t want to leave if it wasn’t for the wonderfully cosy ground floor lounge; after a fabulous breakfast (perhaps truffled mushrooms on toast and home made pastries?) a bracing stroll and a spot of retail therapy in the pretty market town of Helmsley (just a 10 minute drive away), kick back in front of the wood stove in a soft leather armchair and indulge in a complementary afternoon tea before strolling back across the lane for an unforgettable dinner.

Creature comforts

Spa baths; Molton Brown products; fresh milk in flasks each day; home-made shortbread Star; hot water bottle; ’emergency’ toiletries available; complimentary ‘nibbles’ in the afternoons: hot drinks, cheese & biscuits, cakes, sweet biscuits and crisps; recipe books and glossy mags in bedrooms.


Not really – in fact you can’t get WiFi in some of the rooms, though you can in the residents bar and wheelhouse. Flat screen TV; small selection of DVDs.

What’s for Breakfast?

Full Yorkshire (the works!); homemade pastries; bacon butty; eggy bread; truffled mushrooms on toast; rollmop herrings; porridge ‘n’ whisky; dippy eggs with soldiers; kippers; omelette: Wensleydale, tomato, home cooked ham; Fresh fruit salad.

What’s the Damage?
9 Doubles: £170 to £260 per room per night

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant but not rooms
  • Parking

Michelin Star; Waitrose Good Food Guide

Eat & Drink

The Star Inn Harome, North Yorkshire , YO62 5JE

Mastering the menu

Andrew’s ‘modern Yorkshire’ style of cooking places great emphasis on regional and seasonal ingredients and is firmly rooted in North Yorkshire, as indeed is Andrew himself, having grown up on a farm in the Esk Valley near Whitby surrounded by game and with North Sea fish virtually on his doorstep. Andrew’s head chef Steve Smith has been at his side for nine years and you can’t put a greaseproof paper between them. The menu reflects not only their interests but the terroir; the emphasis is on rustic but it’s so much more than that. Ravioli of hickory-smoked Whitby crab with saffron braised fennel, bouillabaisse sauce and wild garlic pesto is a cracking starter and epitomises their style, and presentation is exquisite. Follow up with Rossini of Marwood’s reared fillet of beef with roast foie gras, oxtail fritter and pickled ox tongue and you get the full impact of a Michelin star. But you can also sit in a corner and order a sandwich – Cropton Two Chefs Dale End Cheddar rarebit with Henderson’s Relish and sweet onion marmalade goes down a treat with a pint of Boltmaker. That’s one of the complete joys of this place – indulge in the tasting menu in the bar or a sarnie in the posh dining room – nobody’s going to bat an eyelid.

On the menu

Haslet of Yorkshire reared game, pickled damson, cinnamon, ginger, roast chestnut brioche
Dressed white North Sea crab, crushed hazelnut and fennel salad, lemon verbena mayonnaise, prawn crackers
Two chefs’ ale-braised ox cheek, pan-fried Foie Gras ‘toad in the hole’, heritage carrots, ox tongue lemon thyme gravy
Harome shot Roe deer ‘cottage pie’, Blue Wensleydale mash, juniper-buttered curly kale
Corned beef terrine, brown ale jelly, ‘duck egg’ salad cream, home-made pickles
Steamed fig roly poly pudding, forgotten autumn fruits with hot Sarsaparilla, citrus custard

Sunday Roasts

On Sunday they serve the full a la carte plus two roasts – but there’s no Market Menu (available Monday to Saturday; two courses for 20, 3 for 25 quid)

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am
Lunch: 12 noon – 2pm (6pm Sunday)
Dinner: 6.15pm-9.30pm (no food Sunday evening)

Local, local, local

The Great Yorkshire Brewery in Cropton (
Beef comes from farmers in the village, the Marwoods.
Game comes from local estates and the Rievaulx and Harome shoots
Fish from Hodgsons in Hartlepool (
Cheese from Botton Creamery and Shepherd’s Purse (the cheese board is entirely Yorkshire!)
Veg & leaves from their own cottage garden and foraged produce from the local hedgerows

Behind the bar

Timothy Taylor Boltmaker and Black Sheep Bitter are on offer – but you’ve got to try a pint of Two Chefs, brewed specially for Andrew and his former head chef James Mackenzie from the Pipe & Glass by the Cropton Brewery; it’s flavoured with Yorkshire honey and a hint of lemon thyme and is quite extraordinary. Andrew is very pleased to offer Ridgeview English Sparkling Wine from the South Downs along with a ‘seriously informed selection’ of wines (according to Hugh Johnson, OBE) – it’s certainly an attractive list and not over-scary, with many by the glass.

Time at the bar

11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm (12 noon – 11pm Sunday). Closed Monday lunchtimes

What’s the Damage?
9 Doubles: £170 to £260 per room per night

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant but not rooms
  • Parking

Michelin Star; Waitrose Good Food Guide

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know –

1 Inn Location - The Star Inn


Cinnamon Twist, 17 Church Street, Helmsley YO62 5AD

Great little bakery and patisserie in pretty Helmsley; artisan bread is made daily to traditional recipes, including black-olive bread made in a rustic, continental style. And there are proper croissants and pain au chocolat, not to mention gorgeous lemon tarts and beautiful fruited frangipane.


Ampleforth Abbey, Ampleforth, York YO62 4ER

Ampleforth Abbey has been home to a Community of Bendictine monks since 1802 and the Abbey Church is still the centre of monastic life - it's a fascinating and beautiful place to spend a couple of hours. The monks have been making cider for centuries - take the tour then hit the shop!


The Pheasant Hotel, Mill Street, Harome, Helmsley YO62 5JG

A short walk from the Star, this handsome old hotel (once a blacksmith's workshop) is a haven of peace and sophistication. Award-winning chef/owner Peter Neville delights with dishes like dressed white crabmeat, cucumber, seaweed cracker, curry mayonnaise and saddle back pork belly, endive, sour apples, shrimps. It's also a super spot for afternoon tea.


Cropton Brewery, Cropton YO18 8HH

Beer has been brewed in Cropton since 1613, and in 1984, the Cropton Brewery was established in the cellars of the New Inn. In 1994, a brewery was built behind the pub and within a year production had doubled. The same year saw the introduction of their first bottle-conditioned beer. Daily brewery tours are perfect if you want to learn all about the process.


Botton Dairy, Danby, Whitby YO21 2NJ

Botton Creamery has been running for over 20 years and provides work and produce for the residents of Botton Village. Around 2000 litres of milk are used each week to make cheddar, Gouda and Brie-like cheeses.


The Grapes Inn, Railway Street, Slingsby YO62 4AL

Fabulous pub run by two of the nicest people on the planet - complete beginners to the trade but they've hit the ground running - it's a cracking place. In a previous life Katherine and Leigh dealt in antiques and most of them have ended up here - it looks as if it's been like this forever. A talented cook from the village makes THE BEST steak pie - the herbed suet crust is worth the journey alone.


Middleton Post Office Tea Parlour, Middleton YO18 8NX

(Yorkshire Life Afternoon Tea of the Year) Even the silverware and crockery is vintage in this charming tea room on the edge of Pickering; the afternoon tea is a belter but tuck in to a very good ploughman's lunch or the Middleton Savoury which includes a fabulous cheese scone and onion marmalade.


Feast Deli & Café, 3 Market Place, Pickering YO18 7AA

A fabulous café and deli (next door to and owned by The White Swan Inn) that certainly lives up to its name. Stock up in the Deli and take home some great Yorkshire produce, including meat from local farms, or linger in the café over morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea - the food is delicious, from the home-made black pudding scotch eggs and cakes, to the freshly made lunchtime quiches and salads.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Star Inn



Helmsley Arts Centre, Meeting House Court, Helmsley YO62 5DW

A full programme of live theatre, music, dance, cinema, literature, exhibitions, classes, workshops, discussions and conferences.


Wykeham Lakes YO13 9QD

On the southern edge of the North York Moors, these landscaped lakes have been created from four former gravel pits. One is now stocked with rainbow, blue and brown trout, while the others provide a variety of coarse fishing.


Pickering Trout Lake YO18 8JH

Right in the middle of Pickering, this one-acre game fishery is mostly aimed at first-timers and novices, but caters for more experienced anglers as well. It's a great place for children who want to learn to fish.


Yorkshire Gliding Club, Sutton Bank, Thirsk YO7 2EY

Learn to glide or take a trial flight with an instructor. This is a brilliant and exhilarating way to experience Yorkshire from above, with stunning views of the Vale of York and the White Horse of Kilburn.



Ryedale Artworks, Ryedale YO17 7HH

Ryedale is full of artists and craftspeople. Rydedale Artworks publish an annual directory of more than 40 galleries, studios, artists and specialists, including venues which can be visited throughout the year.You'll find printmakers, sculptors, oil and watercolour painters, ceramicists, jewellers, paper and textile artists, film and multimedia creatives, artisan blacksmiths, photographers, wildlife artists and more.


Love thy Interiors, Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PQ

A fine art gallery with a great reputation, where visitors to Thirsk can view and purchase a wide range of work by local, national and international artists. There are monthly changing exhibitions, featuring all manner of artists, media and subject matter.


Rural Arts, Thirsk YO7 1QS

Thirsk’s former Courthouse & Magistrate’s House is home to Rural Arts, an arts centre with regular exhibitions, children’s activities, workshops, performances, and film screenings. there’s a café, gallery and shop on site


Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk YO7 1PQ

A fine art gallery with a great reputation, where visitors to Thirsk can view and purchase a wide range of work by local, national and international artists. There are monthly changing exhibitions, featuring all manner of artists, media and subject matter.

Places to visit


Rievaulx Abbey, Rievaulx, Helmsley YO62 5LB

With its impressive Cistercian ruins set amid trees in the remote and secluded valley of the river Rye, Rievaulx is one of the most complete - and atmospheric - of England's abbey ruins. Though the remains are substantial - three storeys in places - a lot was demolished after the Dissolution of the abbey in 1538. Above, you'll find the Rievaulx Terraces and Temples, created between 1749 and 1757. One of the most popular visitor attractions in the North.


Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

Still privately owned and home to the Howard family for more than 300 years, this splendid 18th-century house is set in 1,000 acres of fabulous landscape in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are collections of paintings and furniture, as well as beautiful gardens to explore.


Sutton Bank National Park Centre, Thirsk YO7 2EH

The Sutton Bank Centre provides the ideal starting point for exploring the North York Moors. All kinds of cycling routes and walking trails for all abilities begin here, including a walk to the famous White Horse of Kilburn. There's an interactive exhibition explaining the natural landscape, while and a feeding station (complete with camera) lets visitors watch the birds. In spring, a live webcam lets you see nesting kestrels and barn owls.


The Mouseman Visitor Centre, Kilburn YO61 4AH

Born in Kilburn in 1876, Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson was a furniture maker who specialised in handcrafted oak pieces, many featuring the signature 'mouse' that gave him his name. He was part of the revival of interest in craftsmanship in the 1920s that was inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement. The Centre includes a joiner's and a blacksmith's shop as well as a cottage furnished with original Mouseman pieces. Furniture is still made and sold here.


Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton-le-Hole YO62 6UA

Comprising atmospheric buildings and collections spread over six acres in the lovely village of Hutton-le-Hole, this museum offers a unique glimpse into the past. Thousands of 'everyday' antiques and curiosities tell the story of rural life in Yorkshire from the Iron Age to the 1950s.


The World of James Herriot, Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PL

No. 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk was James Herriot's home as well as where he worked, and the living quarters and veterinary surgery appear as they did in the 1940s. There are sets from the BBC TV series All Creatures Great and Small, an interactive children's gallery and three rooms exploring the history of veterinary medicine.


Thirsk Furniture Trail YO7 1PQ

There are a number of cabinetmakers and wood carvers living and working in and around Thirsk, and the Furniture Trail is a great way to explore the area and see them all. These craftspeople have incredible skills, honed over many years and the objects they create are the antiques of the future. Using a variety of hardwoods, they can also produce bespoke items to their customers’ designs. You can see them at work by following the trail from workshop to workshop.

It’s hard to beat North Yorkshire for walking, of course, and you’ll also find several long-distance walks nearby: the Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey section of The Cleveland Way is a couple of miles away, the Helmsley to Hutton-le-Hole section of the Inn Way passes Harome, and the Ebor Way begins at Helmsley.


Dalby Forest – there is plenty of variety of trails for cyclists, whether you’re looking for a challenge or something a little more sedate. Comprising 8,000 acres of a working forest, north of Thornton-le-Dale, Dalby offers waymarked walking and cycling trails for all abilities, and is considered one of the finest trail networks in the UK. The southern part of the forest

March sees the Yorkshire Cajun Festival in Malton, featuring dancing, great food and musicians from all over the world, while the Malton & Norton Folk Festival takes place in April. The Ryedale Festival (two weeks in July) features performances at Castle Howard, Hovingham Hall, Duncombe Park and Sledmere – as well as Ampleforth Abbey, Helmsley Arts Centre and many beautiful country churches in the region. The Ryedale Jazz Festival also takes place in July, in venues across Pickering, while Hovingham’s Quarry Festival showcases local bands in a family-friendly environment. The North York Moors Chamber Music Festival takes place in August, with performances in historic churches across the region. Galtres Parklands Festival is a family festival, with seven stages of music and cabaret, plus activities for children and young people – all in the beautiful setting of Duncombe Park. End of August. The Ryedale Book Festival offers a number of small events throughout the year, with the main festival taking place in October. Venues in Malton and Norton.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Harome is a couple of miles off the A170 Pickering and Helmsley road, 1 mile east of Helmsley.


Helmsley, Harome, North Yorkshire , YO62 5JE

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