Just a month after the tragic fire at his Star Inn at Harome, chef Andrew Pern received the good news that his application to convert the closed York Minster School into a restaurant, along with chef Bex Toppin and her partner Will Pearce, of Robinsons Cafe.
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“Unbeatable views of the Minster from the terrace” set the scene at this new April 2023 landmark, which has a “fabulous location next to York Minster” and which was opened with great fanfare shortly before his coronation by King Charles III and Queen Camilla. Despite its relatively recent opening, it instantly inspired very encouraging feedback in our annual diners’ poll – “an amazing new restaurant by local restaurateur Andrew Pern with a simple menu on the 150-seat terrace and fuller menu inside”. There’s “a very characterful interior in an old school” (the original use for this space, built in 1833) and – by the standards of touristy locations – promising reports of “excellent food”: “raw dishes and delicate starters followed up by interesting taste combinations”, with a heavy emphasis on local sourcing.
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