“The fire was in the thatch and the problem with thatch is once it starts it is very difficult to put it out. All you can do is watch it burn. The staff did an amazing job; the barman even used a hose from the cellar to try to put it out. But there was quite a breeze and it spread, turning the oldest middle part of the restaurant to ashes.”
The cause of the fire is not yet known, but Mr Pern says he believes it will take at least a year to rebuild the historic inn, and in the meantime staff would be redeployed to his other restaurants in Whitby and York.
Mr Pern said The Star Inn was much more than just a business.
“It is the history of the place that cannot be replaced. But we are strong Yorkshire folk full of Yorkshire grit and we will press on regardless.”
The fire service and police are still investigating the cause of the fire, which started in the roof, and crews managed to save the ground floor from serious damage.
It is the second time one of his businesses has been hit by a fire. Exactly three years ago The Star Inn the City, his York restaurant, had to close for several months after a blaze broke out in the kitchen.