Star Inn the Harbour, Whitby
After a major fit-out he’s transformed the former tourist office by the harbour and a mere mackerel throw from the Whitby fish dock, into a predominantly fish restaurant.
It’s a terrific menu: there’s devilled whitebait and posh prawn cocktail, an oyster bar Then there’s deep fried and tender calamari with squid ink aioli and a mighty seafood platter for two to share.
If you must there’s fish and chips (cod with beef dripping chips and homemade tartar sauce or cop out of fish altogether with steak and chips, confit duck leg, burger or mushroom risotto.
He does proper puddings like fruit cake with cinder toffee and toffee sauce, chocolate pot with sea salted caramel, apple and blackcurrant crumble and Knickerbocker Glory. Or you could opt as we did for an ice cream from the cute ice cream parlour at the side.
As at Star Inn the City, there’s a bar and outdoor drinking terrace. On a sunny Saturday lunch all of Whitby was pouring in and out for pints. An evening meal would be more genteel, if that’s your preference.
The décor is a riot of lobster pots, model galleons and Frank Meadow Sutcliffe sepia snaps of Whitby waifs, which makes the whole package cheerful if not conspicuously cheap. And while I gather there was grumbling from the established chippies of Whitby at the prospect of Pern hitting town, there’s plenty of room for someone bringing a fresh perspective to our fish and shellfish.