Opened in October 2013, the Star in the City, located in the Old Engine House on the edge of York’s Museum Gardens, hosted the unveiling of the 2018 Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub list.
The site's owner, chef Andrew Pern, also runs the Michelin starred Star Inn Harome, in North Yorkshire, a previous occupant of the top spot in the Top 50 list, and ranked third in the 2018 edition.
Two-time winner of the top Gastropub Award, Pern shared a post on Twitter revealing that the site on Museum Street in York had caught fire in the early hours of 9 November.
The post seen by The Morning Advertiser said: “Unfortunately early this morning 9/11/18 we have had a fire at The Star Inn the City, York.
“Thank you to @NorthYorksFire for a swift response, nobody injured.
“Our great staff will have the place open as soon as possible, when we look forward to welcoming you back, will keep posted.”
Unfortunately early this morning 9/11/18 we have had a fire at The Star Inn the City,York.Thank you to @NorthYorksFire for a swift response, nobody injured.Our great staff will have the place open as soon as possible,when we look forward to welcoming you back, will keep posted.— Andrew Pern (@andrewpern) November 9, 2018
According to North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service’s incident summary for the night of 8 November, a call was made at 05.05 hours about a roof fire on Museum Street in York, to which five crews, from Acomb, York, Huntington and Tadcaster, responded.
The report states that the crews had been fighting a fire in the roof above a kitchen in a commercial property and that those responding had used six sets of breathing apparatus and three hose-reel jets to tackle the blaze.
Crews left the scene at 7.50am on the morning of 9 November, however North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service has stated that investigations into the cause of the fire will now be undertaken.
The Morning Advertiser has contacted Pern for more information.