A Michelin-starred restaurant in a 14th century building was “burned to ashes” after its thatched roof went up in flames.
Dozens of firefighters spent hours trying to put out the fire at The Star Inn at Harome in North Yorkshire after it broke out around 10 p.m. on Wednesday evening.
The exact extent of the damage remained unknown until Thursday morning, but owner-chef Andrew Pern said the building’s original frame “almost disappeared”.
Speaking to BBC Radio York, he added: “It is one of those risks associated with thatched property, once it was handled it had no chance.”
Nine fire engines were sent to the site to fight the fire after restaurant workers reported the fire, according to North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. The cause remains unknown.
A spokesman said: “All of the property’s residents were outside when the crews arrived.
“At the height of the incident, nine devices, a turntable ladder platform, a water arch, a welfare unit and a task force unit were in use.”
The Star at Harome has been featured on lists of the best restaurants and gastropubs on a regular basis since Mr Pern’s arrival 25 years ago.
The Michelin Guide describes the place as “full of character with its low beamed ceilings” while guests would add that “regulars enjoy a pint of bespoke Two Chefs beer in the characterful bar”.
Michelin-starred chef Tommy Banks, who owns the nearby Black Swan at Oldstead, said the news of the fire was “devastating”.
“Our thoughts are with you, Andrew and the whole team,” he tweeted.