Museum Gardens is the green heart in the centre of York. Its lovely lawns and flower beds are bordered by centuries of history with the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey, the Roman multangular tower, a delightful little observatory and the timbered Hospitium. On sunny days visitors and office workers spread across the greensward for impromptu picnics. All that’s missing is a café. Not any more. Andrew Pern of the much loved Star Inn at Harome is to open The Star Inn the City in the old Engine House close by the river. It’s a peach of a location – as long as the building can cope with the flooding that afflicts this corner of York. The 130 cover restaurant promises to be a fantastic addition to the city and – for me – it’s a tough five minute walk from home. Result.