Michelin starred restaurant wrecked by blaze

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A North Yorkshire Michelin starred pub and restaurant has been devastated by an overnight fire.

Crews from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to The Star Inn at Harome at about 10.15pm last night – 24 November.

At its height, 45 firefighters tackled the blaze, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said, adding all occupants had safely left when the crews arrived.

A statement posted on The Star Inn at Harome’s Twitter account said: “It’s been a long night so far…I’m afraid we won’t be open for a while as we are reduced to ashes with The Star on fire and still burning, residents please call after 9am.”

The Star Inn has held a Michelin star for most of chef Andrew Pern’s tenure. It was only the second pub in the UK to be awarded a Michelin star. Pern lost the star in 2011 before working to regain it – eventually succeeding in 2015.

Pern is also the managing director of restaurants in York and Whitby.

He told the BBC he expected it would take about a year to get the restaurant’s main dining area back up and running again.

He added the building’s frame had “just about gone”, due to its straw roof. “It’s one of those risks that comes with a thatched property, once it took a grip it didn’t really stand a chance,” he said.

Pern said a newer section of the pub “should be OK, so we’ll be able to function in a fashion, somehow.”

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