Scarborough-trained chefs planning new York venture

Scarborough-trained chef Andrew Pern.
Scarborough-trained chef Andrew Pern.

One of the region’s most-acclaimed chefs is planning to open a new restaurant in York city centre.

Scarborough-trained Andrew Pern, chef and owner of the prestigious Star Inn at Harome, is to open The Star Inn The City in the converted Engine House building in the city’s Museum Gardens.

The restaurant will be situated close to the historic Lendal Tower and have a focus on locally sourced Yorkshire produce.

The move will see him reunited with his friend, fellow Scarborough Technical College student and former rugby team mate, Justin Brosenitz.

Mr Pern, who trained at what is now Yorkshire Coast College for three years, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to work with the Museum Gardens Trust to be able to bring a little part of the countryside to town in this landmark building, flying the White Rose flag and using its incredible produce.

“We are aiming to offer whole package – great food, beautiful setting, warm service and genuine Yorkshire hospitality.”

The restaurant will be able to accommodate up to 130 guests and is scheduled to open in autumn.

The area, like much of York’s city centre, is notorious for flooding but Mr Pern and Mr Brosenitz said they are confident that the new, slightly raised site will be able to overcome such problems.

Andrew Pern and his former wife Jacquie bought The Star at Harome in 1996. He put up his first Michelin star six years later, which was held until 2010.