The Star in the City York Review
The Star in the City in York is the second venue for Andrew Pern, the original being the Michelin-starred Star Inn at Harome which I enjoyed some years back. I recently visited the city centre Star with a group of friends. It was a special occasion for us as we were meeting to celebrate a milestone birthday. Overlooking the museum gardens, the location was stunning. The restaurant, although large, gave a sense of calm and cosiness. Perfect for our get together. Above all though, the food was great!
On arrival, we were greeted by the friendly staff and seated at a lovely spacious table. The all-day menu offered us a wide variety of choice, including plenty of veggie dishes which were separated within the menu using colour coding. Each dish had a matched drink detailed on the menu which I thought was a lovely touch. In addition, we were also given a specials menu which included cocktails.
With so much choice, we found it difficult to commit to our dishes. I eventually chose the Yorkshire beetroot ‘Carpaccio’ which was served with pickled beets, Pontefract Cake, Whipped Goat’s Curd, Pedro Ximénez, and Chicory Endive. This was a visually stunning and light starter.
Food envy set in as my friends HUGE Yorkshire puddings arrived at the table. Filled with a rich, sweet onion, root vegetable & ale gravy and served with fresh horseradish, this dish looked so delicious. Apparently it tasted as good as it looked. Next time!
A pretty Yorkshire Leek Tartlet with Smoked Fountain’s Gold cheese was the centre piece of my vegetarian main dish. With lashing of black winter truffle and a walnut ‘Pesto’, this was rich and tasty dish. Served with a soft herb salad.
One of my friends ordered from the specials menu and enjoyed the Cumberland sausage with mash. A satisfying winter warmer and great value at £15. Served with charred hispi cabbage.
Dessert was the star of the show (rather than city!) for me. From the specials menu, I ordered a boozy, rum soaked parkin with flavours of pistachio, rum and raisin. This was absolutely fabulous.
The tiramisu was a popular choice with our group too. Beautiful and rich with the flavours of coffee and chocolate.
The Star in the City York:
We thoroughly loved our visit to the Star in the City in York. In conclusion, the food was great, the ambience was relaxed yet special, and the service friendly. A great venue for a leisurely catch-up, with the added bonus of really good quality food and drink.