We’ve had a few drinks in The Star Inn The City, but last weekend we finally got around to eating there. We had heard brilliant things about it and heard it was one of the best restaurants in York. So I booked a table for early evening on a Saturday to see what all the fuss was about.
We arrived early so decided to have a drink before asking for our table and sat in one of the side rooms. It was snowing outside so nice to look out of the window while we sat in the warm, cosy room.
We finished our drink and headed to our table. It was quite quiet in the main restaurant, we were given menus and ordered drinks. We both picked pretty quickly. Having looked at the menu before, I knew what I wanted.
For starters, I ordered scallops with black pudding, pigskin and pea puree which was on the special menu. My boyfriend ordered the pig terrine. For my main, I ordered the roast rump of lamb served pink with a blue and Wensleydale and salt baked celeriac gratin, pearl barley, rosemary juices and pickled red onion. I know right? Sounds to die for.
My boyfriend ordered a wood pigeon dish that was on the special menu. For dessert, we shared a caramel tart.
The scallops and black pudding were amazing. I didn’t like the pigskin, which isn’t a shock to me as I hate pork scratchings. I gave it to my boyfriend. The scallops were cooked to perfection, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I’m not expert on black pudding as I’ve only recently tried it, but it was warm and soft.
When the main came, I thought it was a little small. But it was very rich and full of flavour. I found myself struggling to eat it. The lamb was cooked well and the flavours of the Wensleydale cheese and red onion worked really well with the dish. I tried some of my boyfriend’s pigeon, it was nice, reminded me a bit of pork and liver. It was a bit rich though so would have struggled to have it as a main.
The caramel tart was another delicious dish, served with clotted cream, popcorn and a truffle. Again, this was a rich dish.
I had high expectations of the restaurant and pleased to say it met them. Even the service was fab and fast. No waiting around for the bill, food arrived quickly and they removed plates quickly.
The only negative factor is the price. It is expensive, so not somewhere we will come all the time but will be back for special occasions. It is worth the money you pay, but I don’t many people are in a position to pay over £100 for a meal for two on a regular basis.
I’m impressed with this little gem tucked away by the river.