Following the devastating fire in November 2021, our little Inn has been rebuilt and refurbished ready for the next chapter in its long history. After many meetings with the conservation authorities, the old Inn has been put back much as it was, revealing some previously hidden features, conserving some of the charred roof timbers in acknowledgement of the latest episode of this much-loved C14th Inn’s history.
Situated just outside Helmsley on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, The Star is essentially an Inn with Rooms serving ‘modern Yorkshire’ food made primarily from locally-sourced seasonal ingredients, such as local game, North Sea fish and fresh herbs from its own kitchen garden. Wines and beers are carefully selected to compliment the dining menu, whilst service is knowledgeable, but friendly. Add to this the atmosphere of an Inn with hospitality steeped into its very timbers for a proper Star treat.
During Andrew Pern’s remarkable 26-year long tenure, The Star has won virtually every relevant industry award from a much-celebrated Michelin star to Top UK Gastropub and has remained a firm favourite destination for hospitality professionals and diners who return again and again for The Star’s unique home-cured hospitality.
The Restaurant is open all year round. Chef Director, Stephen Smith, oversees the seasonal A la Carte Menu and, for pre-bookings, a full Tasting Menu with the option of a matched package of premium wines.
Daily Specials allow the Chefs to take advantage of Catch-of-the-Day fresh fish, limited availability game and kitchen garden produce, as the seasons allow.
The original much-loved thatched Inn houses the Pub Bar with its roaring fire on cooler days, the low-ceilinged Old Dining Room, and upstairs in the eaves, the Private Dining Room. Bookings are taken for the Dining Rooms, whilst a first-come-first-served policy operates in the Pub.
The Pub Bar is a rare and early example of its kind by the famous Robert Thompson, the ‘Mouse Man’ of Kilburn and the A-framed cruck beams of the building can be viewed in the upstairs area for those who like to enjoy a little shot of history. The refurbishment following the fire has included contemporary ‘Mouse Man’ tables in our New Dining Room and Private Dining continuing the link with this highly regarded company of local craftsmen. We have now reached the level of having a ‘mischief of (oak) mice’ following the recent invasion!
The Restaurant has been extended over the years to add the stylish, ‘modern' Dining Room with its combination of smart banquette seating and oak chairs. Oil paintings of Yorkshire’s finest adorn the walls and the dining room also looks out onto the rear gardens and beyond, to the Kitchen Garden.
Our online bookings system permits reservations of up to 4 people for our A la Carte Menu. When booking a table in conjunction with overnight accommodation, please select your room first.
For Tasting Menu bookings, groups of 5 or more, please contact us by telephone. We can cater for the range of food allergies identified in our Booking Conditions, but still need prior notification of dietary issues.
To purchase online vouchers or to order a voucher to be sent by post, please click on the button. Copies of Andrew Pern’s award- winning cookbook, ‘Loose Birds & Game’ can also be purchased from the restaurant. All vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.Purchase Gift Vouchers
We are always looking to strengthen our team of chefs, front of house, bar staff, kitchen porters, housekeepers - and the rest! Email us for current vacancies, or just send in your cv for more information.Email Us