Faced with all the 4 and 5 star praise this place gets I suspect I am going to sound like a curmudgeon. We have probably eaten there around 6 times in the last 2 years, 3 times in the last 2 months as we switched our fortnightly destination from Sinnington as the place had become obsessed with fish as, it turned out, the Star has to some extent. We actually like Dover sole and Halibut but usually have it wonderfully fresh at home the night before.
Why just the 3 stars? Well, basically, if you could eat the actual menu rather than what it represents it would probably be 5! The menu is a masterly piece of spin with the suppliers/source of the ingredients proudly listed as if this somehow adds value to the result. Additionally, the main menu did not significantly change in the 6 weeks we have recently been going there. Somehow, the actual taste of the presentations was never remotely close to the spin. We have cancelled our regular booking. It's 'sister' hotel The Pheasant in the village is even worse.
We find the food at The Anvil, Sawdon better and tastier at half the price. The same can be said of The Fox and Hounds at Sinnington (about 20% cheaper) and the Feathersham arms at Helmsley (about the same price) although the latter two need to change their menus more often.
35 years ago the Star was second to none in the area but nowadays the competition is stiff.
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There are other names which spring to mind rather than 'carmudgeon'. I must admit having read your review, I am very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your Dover sole and Halibut the night before you came to us. Oddly enough we do not tend to ask our guests at the time of booking what they plan to eat the night before their intended trip to us! (I bet some even have meat??? and then fish with us!!!! Who knows... maybe we should do a survey?)
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We change the menu dishes as and when the season and the market allows us, not as some strict rule. I wonder how many times it has changed over the last two years and was it six visits you paid us?
Fish is more abundant in the summer months, with hopefully warmer weather a lot of our guests enjoy these dishes, as is game in the Autumn and Winter months.
I know of the places which you seem to enjoy, particularly what we all call locally 'The Feversham Arms' not Feathersham (Lord Feversham and Duncombe Park are quite well known around these parts!)
I am not quite sure what the 'piece of spin' is on our menus, although it has not changed for the last sixteen and a half years and seems to have been quite successful thus far. I have just taken delivery of the 2013 Good Food Guide, "the stiff competition" (on the same score as us are The Pheasant and the Pipe and Glass near Beverley, both former Star Inn Chef's who cook at and own these places) which I am sure would like to have our reputations, as mutli award winning establishments, who clearly know what they are doing unlike some people who write strange reviews, only thinking to be honest of themselves.
I know that all of my staff looked after you well and asked if everything was to your liking at the time, so to send a review weeks later seems a little strange! Never mind, I am sure the customer is always right... just look at all our other reviews!
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