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Historic Michelin-starred pub ‘burned to ashes’ after thatched roof fire starts

A historic Michelin-starred restaurant has been ‘burned to the ground’ after a huge fire broke out on its thatched roof.

The Star Inn in Harome, North Yorkshire, has won “ virtually every relevant industry award ” since the arrival of celebrity chef Andrew Pern in 1996.

The restaurant, one of the best known in the north of England, retained its prestigious Michelin star for the 18th time earlier this year.

However, staff were shocked after a large fire broke out shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters, who fought overnight to save the 14th-century inn, said the blaze spread across its famous thatched roof.

The gastro-pub tweeted Thursday morning to say it has been “burned to the ground.”

Fire crews on an aerial ladder platform fight to save The Star Inn in Harome after a fire broke out on its thatched roof

Fire crews on an aerial ladder platform fight to save The Star Inn in Harome after a fire broke out on its thatched roof

Smoke in the photo rising from the roof of the pub on Wednesday night, as many as nine fire trucks attended the scene.

Smoke in the photo rising from the roof of the pub on Wednesday night, as many as nine fire trucks attended the scene.

Smoke in the photo rising from the roof of the pub on Wednesday night, as many as nine fire trucks attended the scene.

The Star Inn in Harome pictured shows its large thatched roof where a fire broke out on Wednesday.

The Star Inn in Harome pictured shows its large thatched roof where a fire broke out on Wednesday.

The Star Inn in Harome pictured shows its large thatched roof where a fire broke out on Wednesday.

The Star Inn at Harome, pictured, has had a Michelin star for 18 of the 25 years that Chef Andrew Pern has been a sponsor

The Star Inn at Harome, pictured, has had a Michelin star for 18 of the 25 years that Chef Andrew Pern has been a sponsor

The Star Inn at Harome, pictured, has had a Michelin star for 18 of the 25 years that Chef Andrew Pern has been a sponsor

A look inside The Star Inn at Harome in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, where a major fire broke out Wednesday night

A look inside The Star Inn at Harome in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, where a major fire broke out Wednesday night

A look inside The Star Inn at Harome in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, where a major fire broke out Wednesday night

The gastro-pub is one of the most popular in the north of England with its excellent food within a building that 'oozes character'

The gastro-pub is one of the most popular in the north of England with its excellent food within a building that 'oozes character'

The gastro-pub is one of the most popular in the north of England with its excellent food within a building that ‘oozes character’

It said, ‘It’s been a long night so far … I’m afraid we won’t be open for a while as we are burned to the ground with The Star on fire and still burning, residents should call after 9am.’

In a post on Facebook, the staff added: ‘We are devastated that everyone knows that there has been a fire in our restaurant and pub that has been burning all night.

“Fortunately, no one was injured and our Cross House Lodge hotel is still in full operation, with food and lodging for hotel guests.

‘Please bear with us as we try to navigate a way forward.

Unfortunately, our phone and internet lines are down, so we are unable to answer phone and email messages at this time. Thank you for all your messages of support, we are very grateful. ‘

News of the fire has been greeted with unease by foodies across the UK.

Zac Berrycloth tweeted: “ It’s such a heartbreaking sight to see an impressive historic building on fire and literally a star of the Yorkshire food scene burned to the ground, the main thing we hope is that all is well.

“The next thing we hope is for the star to shine again, he has the best people behind him.”

Food critic Jay Rayner added: ‘Terrible news. Thoughts with all of you.

The 14th-century gastro-pub has stood out since patron chef Andrew Pern (pictured) arrived in 1996

The 14th-century gastro-pub has stood out since patron chef Andrew Pern (pictured) arrived in 1996

The 14th-century gastro-pub has stood out since patron chef Andrew Pern (pictured) arrived in 1996

The North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said seven fire trucks remained at the scene as of 9 a.m. Thursday.

The North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said seven fire trucks remained at the scene as of 9 a.m. Thursday.

The North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said seven fire trucks remained at the scene as of 9 a.m. Thursday.

The large fire started on the thatched roof of the pub, and teams had to use an aerial ladder platform to deal with the blaze overnight.

The large fire started on the thatched roof of the pub, and teams had to use an aerial ladder platform to deal with the blaze overnight.

The large fire started on the thatched roof of the pub, and teams had to use an aerial ladder platform to deal with the blaze overnight.

A spokesman for the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said crews were called to the scene around 10.13pm.

They added: ‘All the occupants of the property were out upon the arrival of the crews.

‘Crews have been on site overnight and at their peak there were nine apparatus (fire trucks), an aerial ladder platform, a water tank, a welfare unit and an incident command unit present.

Crews worked with main jets and hose reel jets to contain the fire and the aerial ladder platform was deployed to remove the thatch from the roof.

“The incident was narrowed down to seven fire trucks and the aerial ladder platform around 5:45 am.”

An update at 9am confirmed that crews were still on the scene ‘continuing to remove the thatched roof’.

The Star Inn has been a popular restaurant since the 1970s, but was established as a destination restaurant after Pern’s arrival in 1996.

The building has several dining areas and the thatched section houses the ornate Pub Bar, which was the work of noted craftsman Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson.

The restaurant’s Michelin guide points to its “luxurious feel.”

It reads: ‘This thatched-roof building from the 17C. XIV exudes character with its low beamed ceilings and fireplaces lit by railings.

While the restaurant side has a plush and luxurious feel, it is still very much the local of the village and you will find the regulars sipping a pint of bespoke ‘Two Chefs’ beer in the characterful bar.

Featuring fish sourced from Whitby, game from the Yorkshire Moors and vegetables from the garden, this is a place that proudly defends its home county, and chef Steve Smith uses them to create rich, bold and flavorful dishes with a classic twist. low and modern undertones.

“The wine list, meanwhile, features bottles from some lesser-known producers and growers.”

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