Mr P’s Curious Tavern
I have been on a bit of a Michelin Star journey in Yorkshire and have become a fan of Andrew Pern and his Michelin Star restaurant, The Star Inn at Harome.
His latest York eatery – Mr P’s Curious Tavern – sits proudly on Petergate, just a short hop from the Minster, surrounded by designer clothes shops. I loved my seat in the window facing the street – perfect for people watching.
Mr P’s Curious Tavern conjures up thoughts of mystery and intrigue, and “restaurant” is not really the right word to describe it. “Tavern” is spot on, with its connotations of an old-fashioned drinking den where food is also served. Quirky nick-knacks are to be found throughout the two-floor site, which has intimate high and low seating placed in corners and nooks and crannies.
Mr P’s is not the place to come for a hearty meal or a Michelin-starred splash-out. The menu comprises tapas-style dishes inspired by international flavours, plus comforting daily specials, all served by friendly staff.
On our visit we tried three small dishes, which were perfect for a light lunch: Meat ‘n’ Two Veg (braised lamb neck, truffled potato, heritage carrots & tender stem broccoli); curried cod with cauliflower couscous and brown shrimp pakora; and Comte cauliflower cheese mornay with English mustard and almond crust.
Upstairs, Andrew has created a gin parlour, and behind the Chinese oriental bar are more than 60 gins. The building, which used to be Georgina’s Tea Rooms, has all the character you would expect to find in a Grade-2* listed property. There are exposed beams, low ceilings, big, picturesque windows and sloping floors.
Andrew Pern has done it again, and I like Mr P’s a lot.
By Ann Fugler, Yorkshire editor