The Star Inn at Harome: See inside fire-damaged Yorkshire gastropub as restoration work begins

Builders have arrived at The Star Inn at Harome to begin the 14th-century pub's restoration following a devastating fire.

The Michelin-starred restaurant has been closed since November when a fire started deliberately tore through the thatched roof.

Specialist heritage contractors Woodhouse Barry have now taken over the building for 24 weeks of repair and renovation work.

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The centuries-old timbers in the roof are to be preserved and protected during a fragile operation.

The damage to the thatched roof can be seen beneath the protective shell erected by the builders

A protective 'shell' is now encasing the inn to shield it from the elements, while a traditional thatcher will replace the thatch in August.

Steam cleaning will remove soot and smoke damage and odours before a planned re-opening in the autumn.

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Some site clearance work has already been completed in Harome, including salvage of Mouseman furniture and fittings and removal of the destroyed thatch.

The roof will be rethatched later in the summer

Over the summer, the contractors will undertake a programme of works that includes: debris clearance; removal of damaged plaster; blast cleaning; steam cleaning treatment of charred timbers; roof repairs; insulation, tiling and rethatching; replacement of windows, doors and floors; electrics, plumbing, plastering; redecorating; removal of external pebbledash render and replacement with lime render.

The layout of the inn will remain the same, with some internal alterations.

A planning application for the work has already been submitted to Ryedale Council - and includes the retention of The Star's medieval 'cruck frame'.

Cruck frame buildings, which can be seen throughout north-east Yorkshire, were chiefly a medieval building technique, and due to disuse and rebuilding they are becoming increasingly rare.

The Star in its 'shell' now looks very different
Many of the rafters were burned and charred, but as many as possible are to be retained
Contractors from Woodhouse Barry assess the task ahead
Scaffolding has now gone up at The Star