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Star Inn at Harome: Fire at Michelin-starred restaurant in North Yorkshire pub was ‘arson attack’

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 26/11/2021 Josh Salisbury
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A deliberate arson attack caused the fire which reduced one of the best-known restaurants in the north of England to “ashes”, police believe.

The thatched, 14th-century Star Inn at Harome, a Michelin-starred restaurant near Helmsley, North Yorkshire , was devastated by a blaze which started on Wednesday evening.

More than 40 firefighters tackled the fire, with specialist investigators carrying out an investigation.

North Yorkshire Police said on Friday: “Following an examination of the scene by police crime scene investigators and fire investigation officers, it is now believed that the fire was started deliberately.”

Officers appealed for information, saying: “A number of groups of people were in the area around the time of the fire, and police are urging anyone with information about the incident to contact them.”

The Star Inn at Harome, before it was devastated by fire which police believe was started deliberately (John Giles/PA) (PA Archive) © Provided by Evening Standard The Star Inn at Harome, before it was devastated by fire which police believe was started deliberately (John Giles/PA) (PA Archive)

No-one was injured in the fire, which tore through the building's 4ft straw roof and destroyed much of its supporting frame.


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Chef Andrew Pern said that the business had been “reduced to ashes”.

The Star Inn at Harome has regularly featured in lists of the best restaurants and gastropubs since the arrival of chef and patron Mr Pern 25 years ago.

North Yorkshire Police thanked the local community for their understanding while emergency services were on the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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