Wednesday 22 January 2014

The Star Inn the City, York

Star Inn the City, York
What a luxury. I booked a random Friday off work, and decided to make the most of it by taking my mum on a little trip to York. The weather was forecast to be dull with the odd shower, but instead we were treated to lots of Yorkshire sunshine. In your face Met Office.

A few years ago, my husband and I made the mammoth trip to Harome to sample the wares of the Star Inn. A short drive from Helmsley, it feels like travelling to Lands End, as half of the drive is on little A roads peppered with assorted wild fowl who like to run out into the road without a moment's notice... Despite the epic journey, we ventured back for our first wedding anniversary, and declared the place wonderful.

Fast forward a couple of years. I heard rumblings that Andrew Pern was to open a city centre sister to the Star Inn, cleverly named the Star Inn the City. It's a far cry from the 14th century thatch of Harome - this new venue looks ultra modern from the outside, whilst remaining sympathetic to its beautiful riverside surroundings. The large glass walls allow the light to flood in, and treat diners to excellent views over the park.
Star Inn the City, York
The dining room echos the soft furnishings of the Star Inn and that of their sister hotel in Harome, The Pheasant. Soft tartans are complimented by pretty floral lampshades, and calamondins sprout between the table divides. If you look carefully, you'll see an abundance of wildlife in the museum gardens, including the odd red squirrel!
Star Inn the City, York
We thought starters may be a little too much (we were planning a mid afternoon trip to Betty's), but neither of us could resist some home made bread. This comes served in a flat cap! Whilst my mum enjoyed a crisp rosé, I couldn't resist a rhubarb and custard milkshake!
Star Inn the City, York - Bread
Deep-fried Breaded Scarborough Woof with Marsh Samphire, North Sea Brown Shrimps & ‘Yorkshire Caviar’: This was my mum's choice. After much giggling about 'woof' she concluded that it was absolutely delicious.
Star Inn the City, York - Woof
Burger, Yorkshire Cheese, Smoked Bacon & Onion Marmalade: Designed for the hungry, this is a densely meaty burger served with perfectly melted cheese and charred bacon.
Star Inn the City, York - Burger
Skinny Frites with Truffle Mayonnaise & Moorland ‘Tomme’: A little too truffly for me, but nice crispy chips with plenty of cheese.
Star Inn the City, York - Fries
First Season's Rhubarb Dessert Platter: This is one of the best desserts I have ever eaten, and you know I've eaten a lot. This was a sharing platter for two, but we struggled to finish it between us! Each item was generous, but was aided further by the sumptuous mix of rhubarb, custard and pistachio; each dish a variation on the same theme.
Star Inn the City, York - Rhubarb
I can't wait to go back here with my husband. The Star Inn the City are serving some tasty English classics, with a cheeky Yorkshire twist. We were so full we only managed half a scone each at Betty's before calling it a day! This is the perfect place to sit and relax whilst enjoying some rather wonderful food.

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