The Star Inn, Star - pub details
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|A large pub on the main A38, although one that seems to concentrate on the food side of things more than the drinks. We went in the side door from the car park and you’re immediately confronted by a large L-shape stainless steel carvery counter which I always find slightly off-putting in a pub, especially when it’s not in use. To the right the pub extends some way back but this is very much a restaurant area, seating about 80 according to some of the blurb that I read.|
Other than the carvery counter, the entrance vestibule is pleasant enough with a slate tiled floor and a small bar, although it seemed to have a slightly musty smell to it. The landlady was friendly and suggested if we were just drinking we might like to go the front of the pub where there were some comfy sofa’s. This we duly did, passing another snug with some diners in on the way.
The front bar is definitely more atmospheric, with a low ceiling, white paint on the walls with black wooden beams, and an impressive fireplace at one end. However, there were two problems to my mind – all the tables in this bar were laid up for food, even though there was nobody in there. True, there were some sofa’s as mentioned, but right next to this was a large plasma with the volume up far too loudly. It wasn’t even showing any sport as you might expect, just whatever rubbish was on ITV. I turned this off and we sat on the sofa’s which was then a pleasant enough spot. Next to this is a smaller bar with a pool table.
We didn’t check the menu, but it seems to concentrate on “2 for 1” deals judging on all the flyers around, which in my experience does not usually bode too well in terms of the quality of the food on offer.
The solitary beer on tap was Butcombe, although there were two more pumps not in use. Ciders were Thatcher’s Gold and Blackthorn.
Unfortunately by the time we left at about 9:30 on a Saturday evening, there was not a single customer left in the pub. Obviously this cannot bode well for the future of the pub and I fear it may not be long before this goes the way of so many others.
Blackthorn - 27 Feb 2011 13:36
|while holidaying in this beautiful part of the country my husband and I stopped here for a bite to eat. I have to say the staff were unfreindly like it was too much bother for them to serve us and as for the food well I serve up better food to my dog!!!!|
The chicken was pure white which clearly hadnt seen a frying pan and only the inside of a microwave. The steak which I asked for to be cooked rare was well done!!
Without a word of a lie the worse pub meal I have ever had the mis fortune in being served. A must to avoid.
travelchick - 4 Jun 2009 11:40
|Was quite a regular here about a year or so ago,mainly because of the Thatchers draft cider/Carvery.If i remeber rightly i once counted about 6/8 veg on the carvery,and good value,went recently,place appears to have new people,the carvery wasn,t as good and fewer veg aswell.I find it amazing that when a place is doing well on it,s Beer/.Food or both,as soon as a change takes place,rather than build on what they have inherited,they seem too opt for square one ,lets start at the bottom again,the mind boggles|
james55westhead - 2 Sep 2008 17:24
|Carvery looked lush but couldnt stop, had a decent pint of wadworth 6X though, nice pub to stop off at for just a beer or food,good beer patio for the summer nights, 8/10|
fat_beer_badger - 25 Aug 2008 17:23
|Ever felt like a carvery,well this one took my bisuit.3 roasts 6 veg roast potatoes,yorkshires plus condiments,and mon to sat for 2 people an amazing £7.95p what a bargain and, very good tasting too,no wonder the place got busy.the star also has other various menus chefs daily specials.which look as tempting.I ventured back to try another roast on the carvery and, yet another tasty meal.And all washed down with pint of thatcers orange squash?. hic|
anonymous - 24 Aug 2006 15:24