He has run the original 14th-century Star for 20 years, earning praise from the Harden’s Survey for “tremendous local food, with the accent on game and foraged ingredients”.
The new brasserie in Whitby is in a modern building that formerly housed a tourist information centre, with the harbour on one side and the abbey on the other. It follows hard on the heels of Pern’s latest venture in York, Mr P’s Curious Tavern, which opened earlier this year. He also owns York’s the Star Inn the City.
“The North Sea is a massive part of my kitchen larder,” he said. “The quality of the fish and shellfish is the envy of the world. At Whitby it will literally be on my doorstep.”
Meanwhile Richard and Lindsey Johns, who helped out with the launch of Mr P’s, will open their own 24-seater establishment Rascills in the North Yorkshire village of Raskelf in the next few weeks. Their previous restaurant, Artisan, closed in 2013 after a nine-year run in Hessle. This time, says Johns, “We’ve learnt not to chase a star.”