We’ve wanted to visit the Star Inn for years, but life just got in the way! Eventually we booked in for the first weekend in Jan and our only regret was that we didn’t do it years ago.
The Cross House Lodge (accommodation just over the road from the pub/restaurant is just beautiful. Exactly how I would want my country home to look (if I am ever lucky enough to get one!). The lounge area is filled with comfy sofas and armchairs, quiet corners and a warming fire. The beams and little nooks and crannies give it so much character. Upstairs from the lounge are the rooms. Ours was room 2, which someone has previously described on here as ‘small’. They must have a palatial bedroom at home, because this isn’t a small room. OK, it’s not enormous, but I certainly wouldn’t describe it as small, or ‘cosy’. Plenty big enough, with old wooden furniture and all the little touches you hope for but often don’t get; tea and coffee, fizzy pop, chocolate, homemade biscuits, Molton Brown miniatures, fluffy towels, bathrobes, stereo, dvd player, comfy bed…the list goes on. We were particularly pleased with the spa bath, perfect for a relaxing soak before dinner. Arriving at 5.30pm we just made it in time to polish off the complementary cakes in the kitchen. And we were glad we did, the scone was the lightest scone I have ever sampled.
After pampering ourselves in the lovely slate tiled bathroom (huge by the way, but only has a handheld shower) we ventured over the road to the Star Inn for a drink in the pub before dinner. A good mix of locals and diners gave the bar a friendly, cosy, discreet kind of atmosphere. Lots of lovely little corners to sit in. The pub is enchanting. Incredibly pretty and just like old country pubs used to before interior designers brought in bright fabrics and wooden boarding everywhere!
On the evening we were there (a Friday) the hotel was fully booked and the restaurant seemed pretty full too. We were able to choose from the market menu (a pre selected starter, main and pudding for a great value £25 (I think)) or the a la carte. We chose a la carte to take full advantage of the large menu. For starters I chose the smoked salmon and my husband had the carpaccio. It must have been good as he didn’t pass any over for me to taste. The salmon was delicious, served with blinis and shredded cucumber. A pretty large portion, even for me. 2 types of homemade bread were served in a flat cap, cute, complete with very soft butter on a slate platter, perfect.
For mains I selected the Ox Cheek and husband went for the Piglet. The Ox Cheek was melt in the mouth delicious, served with mash, carrots and gravy. The piglet was equally yummy. Both came with extra vegetables which we hadn’t realised upon ordering. A tasty mix of green veg and 2 potato boats. The boats were too well done to be honest, I do like a crunchy jacket skin but this was quite difficult to get your knife through.
We were already quite full, but really wanted to try pudding, so went for the apple crumble. Served in a mini copper pan it looked and tasted amazing, but was a bit tricky to eat without spilling it everywhere.
We opted to take coffee upstairs to the loft, which is a warren of small rooms/areas complete with comfy seating and low beams. Very atmospheric, quiet and romantic. It is directly above the pub area so you do hear the odd roar of laughter, which for us only added to the feeling of privacy. Coffee comes served with a piece of fudge, chocolate log and biscotti.
Throughout the service was prompt, efficient and not intrusive.
After coffee we wandered back over the road to the lodge and enjoyed a drink from the honesty bar seated in the lounge. It was quite late by this time and was deserted and quite dark.
Breakfast seated around the large round table was wonderful. You can choose from self service cereals, pastries, meats, juices and order a hot breakfast cooked to order. It was delicious but we soon realised we were still pretty full from our meal the evening before.
We’ve visited a couple of Michelin star restaurant/hotels previously and whilst I would suggest the food at the Star Inn is possibly the best pub food you will ever find, it is not quite as ‘fancy’ (miniature portions and very unusual combos) as that we have experienced elsewhere. That said we would prefer to come back here above the others as we found the whole atmosphere warm and friendly, not stuffy or pompous at all and we just loved the setting and the buildings. Overall the experience suits us better; more relaxed, but still luxurious.
I am certain we will be back.
- Also Known As:
- The Star Hotel Harome
- The Star Inn Harome, Yorkshire