The Star Inn at Harome caught fire at 10.13 p.m. local time (5.13 p.m. ET) on Wednesday, according to the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The restaurant, which is located in the village of Harome in the county of North Yorkshire, posted about the incident on social media.
The building dates from the 14th century.
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Staff also posted on Twitter.
Fire crews from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service used nine fire trucks, an aerial ladder platform and other equipment to battle the blaze, according to a statement.
“The fire in the thatched roof of the building caused extensive damage to the roof and roof space,” it said.
“Crews worked hard to prevent the fire spreading all along the thatched roof, meaning one end of the roof and the ground floor were saved from the fire.”
The service confirmed that all occupants were out of the property when crews arrived. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
Owner Andrew Pern told BBC Radio York that the property “didn’t really stand a chance” when the fire took hold.
“It means a lot,” said Pern of the building, struggling to hold back tears.
Pern said it would probably be around a year until the main dining area can reopen.
The Star Inn at Harome sits on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. It received one star from the Michelin Guide, which praised the “plush, luxurious feel” of the restaurant combined with a “characterful bar” that feels like a local pub.
“This is a place that proudly champions its home county,” the guide says, praising head chef Steve Smith’s ability to use local ingredients “to create rich, gutsy, flavor-driven dishes with a classical base and modern overtones.”
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