The Star Inn at “Harome”:http://www.thestaratharome.co.uk/ Harome is the Michelin star pub of Andrew Penn who wanted to open a restaurant in his hometown of Whitby – hence the name, “The Star Inn The Harbour”:http://www.starinntheharbour.co.uk/ ( there is also The Star Inn The City in “York”:http://www.starinnthecity.co.uk/).
We had a table booked at The Star Inn The Harbour at 6pm which, on a Sunday night, was the last available time. The restaurant is right on the harbour and with a large bay window provides splendid views.
As well as early closing, there’s was a more limited Sunday “menu”:http://www.starinntheharbour.co.uk/menu/Sunday.pdf. Because I was at the seaside, I wanted to feast on fish and chose a prawn cocktail which came with a bloody mary sorbet. It was served in a rustic handmade pottery dish which didn’t make it easy to eat, but it was delicious, especially with the accompanying warm granary roll with garlic butter. I asked the waiter if the dishes were made locally and he laughed and said he didn’t know, but he could confirm they were washed up locally (I suspect they’re not dishwasher proof). Other options chosen were chicken liver parfait and calamari which came as five huge, battered rings.
Despite having had fish and chips two days earlier, I’d done lots of walking and so indulged in fish and chips again. There was a choice of skinless cod or line-caught, skin-on haddock, and I went for the former. It was also delicious with crisp golden batter and a large, but not overwhelming portion of chips, tartare sauce and mushy peas (there was an option of garden or mushy).
Roy was highly delighted that after his mountain of calamari, his shallow-fried smoked haddock fishcake with a poached egg, summer pea salad and Wensleydale-creamed leeks was a much lighter option.
Our two carnivore friends opted for the brisket of beef, and Yorkshire-reared lamb rump. The latter included a large Yorkshire with the waiter saying that the chef had included it as they’d just come out of the oven. There was a medley of veg for them to share, which included a cauliflower cheese which the beef girl wasn’t keen on. We asked the waitress what the cheese was and although she didn’t know she checked and said it was a combination of parmesan, Fountains Gold and Wensleydale. Perhaps they should have stuck to Cheddar.
With a bottle of wine, a couple of pints of lager and a Bacardi and coke, the bill came to around £85 per couple.