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The Star Inn at Harome: Michelin-starred restaurant 'reduced to ashes' The Star Inn at Harome: Michelin-starred restaurant 'reduced to ashes'
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The building's thatched roof was "perfect" fuel for a fire, said chef Andrew PernThe building's thatched roof was "perfect" fuel for a fire, said chef Andrew Pern
A Michelin-starred restaurant in a 14th Century building has been "reduced to ashes" after its thatched roof caught fire.A Michelin-starred restaurant in a 14th Century building has been "reduced to ashes" after its thatched roof caught fire.
Chef Andrew Pern said he was called on Wednesday night and told The Star Inn at Harome, near Helmsley, North Yorkshire, was ablaze.Chef Andrew Pern said he was called on Wednesday night and told The Star Inn at Harome, near Helmsley, North Yorkshire, was ablaze.
He said its straw roof was "perfect" fuel for a fire, and the building "didn't stand a chance" once it had taken hold.He said its straw roof was "perfect" fuel for a fire, and the building "didn't stand a chance" once it had taken hold.
Firefighters remain at the scene.Firefighters remain at the scene.
The building, on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, caught fire shortly after 22:00 GMT.The building, on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, caught fire shortly after 22:00 GMT.
A message on the restaurant's Twitter account posted overnight said The Star had been "reduced to ashes" by the flames.A message on the restaurant's Twitter account posted overnight said The Star had been "reduced to ashes" by the flames.
At its height, 45 firefighters tackled the blaze, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said, adding that all occupants had safely left when crews arrived.At its height, 45 firefighters tackled the blaze, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said, adding that all occupants had safely left when crews arrived.
Speaking to BBC Radio York, Mr Pern praised quick-thinking staff for their efforts to contain the blaze as they waited for help.Speaking to BBC Radio York, Mr Pern praised quick-thinking staff for their efforts to contain the blaze as they waited for help.
"It was smouldering at first and the staff did a brilliant job, they grabbed all the fire extinguishers, got a hosepipe from the cellar, they did an amazing job themselves.""It was smouldering at first and the staff did a brilliant job, they grabbed all the fire extinguishers, got a hosepipe from the cellar, they did an amazing job themselves."
"There was nobody in the property, nobody hurt at all," he said."There was nobody in the property, nobody hurt at all," he said.
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By the morning, the extent of the damage to the Star Inn at Harome was apparent
Mr Pern, who took ownership of The Star Inn when he was 25, said he expected it would take about a year to get its main dining area up and running again.Mr Pern, who took ownership of The Star Inn when he was 25, said he expected it would take about a year to get its main dining area up and running again.
The building's frame had "just about gone", he said, due to the 4ft (1.2m) straw roof.The building's frame had "just about gone", he said, due to the 4ft (1.2m) straw roof.
"It's one of those risks that comes with a thatched property, once it took a grip it didn't really stand a chance," he said."It's one of those risks that comes with a thatched property, once it took a grip it didn't really stand a chance," he said.
He added that a newer section of the pub "should be OK, so we'll be able to function in a fashion, somehow".He added that a newer section of the pub "should be OK, so we'll be able to function in a fashion, somehow".
Andrew Pern, who took on the Star Inn at Harome in 1996, also is the managing director of restaurants in York and WhitbyAndrew Pern, who took on the Star Inn at Harome in 1996, also is the managing director of restaurants in York and Whitby
The Star Inn has become one of the most celebrated gastropubs in the country due to its "modern Yorkshire" dishes made from "locally sourced seasonal ingredients".The Star Inn has become one of the most celebrated gastropubs in the country due to its "modern Yorkshire" dishes made from "locally sourced seasonal ingredients".
The restaurant is described in the Michelin Guide as "oozing character with its low beamed ceilings".The restaurant is described in the Michelin Guide as "oozing character with its low beamed ceilings".
"While the restaurant side has a plush, luxurious feel, it's still very much the village local and you'll find the regulars supping on a pint of bespoke Two Chefs beer in the characterful bar," it reads."While the restaurant side has a plush, luxurious feel, it's still very much the village local and you'll find the regulars supping on a pint of bespoke Two Chefs beer in the characterful bar," it reads.
The Star Inn, which Andrew Pern took on 25 years ago, also has 13 rooms for overnight staysThe Star Inn, which Andrew Pern took on 25 years ago, also has 13 rooms for overnight stays
Mr Pern, who took charge in 1996, is also the managing director of restaurants in York and Whitby.Mr Pern, who took charge in 1996, is also the managing director of restaurants in York and Whitby.
Fellow Michelin-starred Chef Tommy Banks, who owns the nearby Black Swan at Oldstead, said news of the fire was "devastating".Fellow Michelin-starred Chef Tommy Banks, who owns the nearby Black Swan at Oldstead, said news of the fire was "devastating".
"Our thoughts are with you Andrew and the whole team," he wrote in a tweet."Our thoughts are with you Andrew and the whole team," he wrote in a tweet.
The fire service said crews expect to be at the scene for some time, adding that a local farmer was helping to remove the thatched roof with a telehandler.The fire service said crews expect to be at the scene for some time, adding that a local farmer was helping to remove the thatched roof with a telehandler.
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