Follow @tweetladyaga Lady Aga | The Star Inn, Harome

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Lady Aga

A blog dedicated to recipes, cakes, baking, restaurants and booze. .... Yorkshire-born.... London-based ..... Labrador-Greed ..... Lady Aga also bakes custom-made-cakes for all kinds of celebratory events

The Star Inn, Harome

Ok people, we’ve been seeing each other, what, sixteen months now, it’s high time you met my first restaurant love; the coup de foudre that ignited an irrepressible hunger for wining and dining; the venue that has so much to answer for, I give you, The Star Inn. 

image

This is my Castle on a Cloud restaurant, situated in gorgeous rural North Yorkshire with a signature dish of black pudding and foie gras with vanilla scrumpy reduction and caramelised apple slice.  Say no more, Mon Amour.

image

There are, of course, other items on the menu for those with aversions to foie gras (or veal), but first take a look around and marvel at the beauty of this 14th Century low-beamed, wood-fire-warmed idyl.  You can eat in their very pretty restaurant next door, or indeed the attic if you’re after some private party action. For us, however, it has always been about the bar.

image

Head chef and Director, Andrew Pern, is a bit of a schleb, he’s got books and everything.  

image

They usually have a tempting aperitif to lure you in at the bar, last time it was Poinsettia cocktail, though we swerved this in favour of champs

image

Their menu both reads and translates deliciously; in all our sixteen years of patronage rarely has a dud dish has graced the Mouseman table.

Specials:

image

A la carte:

image

Scotch egg with crackling and apple sauce

image

Most ingredients are locally sourced, which nowadays has a tendency to sound cliched.  However these guys are forerunners in the practice and their expansive and immaculately maintained kitchen garden out back speaks volumes about how seriously they take their locality.

I can make these assertions with vague authority having been part of the inner sanctum when taking part in their ‘Chef for the Day’ programme some years ago.  Aka:  Eat as many (then) Michelin starred dishes as you can in the space of seven hours.  Aka: The Dream.

image

Harome shot pheasant and ham pie with buttered sprouts, chestnuts, crispy bacon and truffle mash. The sauce in that pie was like no other, buzzing with flavours of bay, wine and tasty animal goodness.

image

Wild sea bass with clementine hollondaise, crushed hazelnuts and three little pigs chorizo

image

Pan-fried sirloin steak with blue Wenslydale salad and shallot butter

image

Crispy battered Scarborough woof

Desserts Menu:

image

And all of them beautifully shoehorned onto one plate:

image

Drool.

You also get handmade petit fours with your Baileys Latte (yes, someone in our family actually still orders that).  It’s this kind of Northern value for money that keeps us coming back for more.

Some (namely my father) would argue that this unrelenting love for The Star stems, in part, from me never having actually picked up the tab.  There is a theory that free food tastes infinitely better but if that is the case, why then my parents continued repeat custom?  Riddle me that, Daddy!

Along with some quality free-loading The Star also speaks to me of nostalgia and home comforts; when the weather is like this:

image

…And let’s face it, cold conditions are not rare in God’s County (indeed the blonde, on his last Yorkshire venture, referred to the Star’s environs as the Howardian Hills of Hell ©)

image

And the only one who wants to leave the house looks like this

image

There is one suggested trip that is going to get you out of the door faster than you can say ‘foie gras’, and this is it.

The Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire, YO62 5JE

Square Meal

  1. lady-aga posted this
comments powered by Disqus