The Star Inn
Vegetarian: Yes.... Parking: Plenty alongside.... Wheelchairs: Restricted.... Loos: Above average
Visited June 2007
Two of us visited here ahead of an afternoon visit to Mottisfont to view the roses at their peak (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-mottisfont/). The Star Inn is well off the beaten track and yet only 15 minutes from Romsey. It is easy to find (directions on website) despite seeming to be unsure whether it is in Lockerley or East Tytherley!
The 17th century traditional coaching inn has been family run (Alan, Lesley and chef son Justin) for the past 18 months and offers accommodation and private dining, alongside good quality food and cask conditioned real ales. We were struck by how spotlessly clean everything was and the smoke free environment (introduced well ahead of legislation) certainly helps to provide a good environment for enjoying a meal.
|Gin cured salmon
|Savoury b & b pudding
Many food guides recognise The Star Inn with entries featured in the Good Food Guide, the Good Pub Guide, AA Best Pubs & Inns Guide and AA Restaurant Guide. The menus (see website for lunch/supper samples) combine the traditional elements of good food with a modern twist and the emphasis is always on local seasonal ingredients cooked to order. We started with “Gin cured salmon, crème fraiche and dill dressing” and “Goats cheese & red onion parcel, walnut dressing” – these were both of the very highest order - DELICIOUS. The mains of “Savoury bread & butter pudding, roast red pepper coulis” and “Barnsley lamb chop, shallot mash, Savoy cabbage, mint jelly” were not as spectacular but very good nonetheless. As we relaxed outside in the warm sunshine we finished off by sharing a trio of ice creams (earl grey, vanilla, and orange & cardamom) presented in a lovely decorated ice bowl.
The inn was extremely quiet the Friday lunchtime that we visited (maybe because the Queen was touring Romsey at the same time?), although we were assured that business is generally brisker in the evenings. To summarise, this is an eatery well worthy of support: family run; maintaining high standards; serving good quality food. We look forward to returning one evening to sample the supper fare and the atmosphere generated by the locals, or a Sunday afternoon to sup a pint of ale whilst watching village cricket on the beautiful field behind. CHEERS!
N.B. Closed Sunday evening and all day Monday.
Yummy Factor 8/10
Guest report RM
|The higher the "Yummy" factor, the better the food & service. The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. ( Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head )