Updated: Sep 1, 2018
I have been on a Michelin Star journey in Yorkshire for the last year, and have become a bit of a fan of Andrew Pern and his Michelin Star restaurant, The Star Inn at Harome.
I am thrilled that The Star Inn has retained its Michelin Star for 2017, so well deserved.
I saw Andrew at York Food and Drink festival recently, and then popped into his latest York eatery – Mr P’s Curious Tavern, for lunch.
Sitting proudly on Petergate, it’s just a short hop from the Minster, surrounded by designer clothes shops, and I loved my seat in the window facing the street ideal for people watching.
If Andrew Pern’s York newest eatery were a novel, I’d want to read it.
Mr P’s Curious Tavern conjures up thoughts of the exotic, of mystery and intrigue, and intimacy.
Restaurant is not really the right word to describe Mr P’s.
A Tavern suits it perfectly, with its connotations of an old-fashioned drinking den where food is also served.
Curious earns its crust by virtue of the quirky nick-knacks throughout the two-floor site. It’s a feast for the eyes if not the stomach. Intimate high and low seating are placed in corners and nooks and crannies.
Mr P’s would not be the place to come for a hearty meal nor a Michelin-starred splash-out. The menu comprises of tapas-style dishes inspired by international flavours.
The menu is crammed with inviting dishes and daily specials, all served by friendly staff.
These three small dishes were perfect for a light lunch:
Meat n Two Veg – braised lamb neck, truffled potato, heritage carrots & tenderstem broccoli £10
Curried cod – cauliflower couscous, brown shrimp pakora £12
Comte cauliflower cheese mornay – English mustard, almond crust £5
Upstairs, Andrew has created a “gin parlour”, and behind the Chinese oriental bar, there are more than 60 gins. The building, which used to be Georgina’s Tea Rooms, has all the character you would expect to find in a Grade-2* listed property. There are exposed beams, low ceilings, big, picturesque windows and sloping floors.
Andrew Pern, has done it again, and I like Mr P’s a lot. I have one more in the trio of Andrew’s Yorkshire restaurants still to visit, The Star Inn – The City, in York. I’ll be there quite soon with friends for Sunday lunch.