The husband and I don’t often get a chance to spend time on our own, so when we got the opportunity to spend a night away, we headed to Ox Pasture Hall – a boutique hotel in Scarborough which offers a taste of luxury in Yorkshire.
Our stay at Ox Pasture Hall
We were very lucky in terms of traffic and sailed up the M1 in a decent time. As we approached the country house hotel, we were struck by the stunning natural surroundings – open expanse of the countryside as far as the eye could see.
Ox Pasture Hall is set in 17 acres of the North Yorks Moors National Park and was originally a farm owned by the Asquith family from 1918 until it was sold in 1961. Since then, the farmhouse and its surrounding buildings have been lovingly transformed into this luxury country retreat, which offers 32 bedrooms and suites; a Courtyard Restaurant and Bistro; a hotel bar and gardens. It’s also a popular as a wedding venue.
Our room at Ox Pasture Hall
We were shown to our suite ‘Skipton’ which has the most wonderful views. Not only did we have a large separate living area with equipped with a comfy sofa, flat-screen TV, tea and coffee-making facilities; but we also had a huge king-size bed with a comfortable mattress and fluffy pillows. Then there was the bathroom – double sinks, a huge tub and a large walk-in shower garnished with little touches such as complimentary toiletries.
We then set off to explore the hotel grounds from the delightful courtyards and the gardens to the lake behind the hotel, via several footpaths that lead you around it for panoramic views of the sprawling landscape. So, it was a welcome respite from the chilly wind when we went to the Fireside Lounge for a spot of afternoon tea.
It was very relaxing sat by the wood burner and the little treats we were given were an absolute delight. My husband has a sweet tooth and was in heaven. My favourites were the profiteroles that melted in my mouth. This was very indicative of the high standard we were later to enjoy at our evening meal.
Heading to Scarborough
After we’d stuffed our faces, we drove to the seaside and walked along the beachfront at Scarborough. There’s nothing more bracing than being by the sea as squally winds blow around you. All the same, it was a pleasant couple of hours spent exploring the seaside town, even though it was dark and raining. By the time we arrived back to Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, we couldn’t resist getting into the bath for a hot soak after our chilly expedition and then lounged about in the fluffy white bathrobes provided by the hotel.
Ox Pasture Hall Menu and Food Offerings
Before we knew it, it was time for dinner and we made our way to The Bistro, where our meal was being served. We were both really impressed with the menu – for such a small hotel I wasn’t expecting so much choice. But then the restaurant is the only one in Scarborough to have been awarded two rosettes, and this was reflected in the dishes we opted for. Hubby went for pickled herrings, confit of duck and sticky toffee pudding; while I had the chicken roulade, pork belly and cheese board. It was also a lovely touch to be given extra courses from a slice of ham hock, freshly baked bread to a soup palette cleanser.
Husband and I are both food lovers and we’ve been fortunate to eat in some very fancy Michelin-starred restaurants over the years. This isn’t me boasting, but merely to use as a point of reference because the dining we experienced at Ox Pasture Hall was truly wonderful. The food was delicious and very, very generous in terms of portion size. We may have been the only ones in the restaurant but that didn’t detract from the enjoyable evening we had.
With full stomachs, we shuffled back to our room, where even though gale force winds had started to hit across Yorkshire, and we thought the windows might blow in on us, we actually slept very well!
Ox Pasture Hall Hotel Verdict
The next morning, in preparation for the long journey, we couldn’t resist a full Yorkshire breakfast before heading home, both of us wishing we could have stayed for a few more days at the hotel. Ox Pasture Hall has a lovely, welcoming atmosphere, very friendly staff and comfortable rooms. And, even though, the weather wasn’t great, and it was very quiet in terms of guests during our stay, we had a very romantic, relaxing time, which made the five-hour drive there and back worth the effort.
Disclaimer: For the purposes of this review, we were offered complimentary accommodation at Ox Pasture Hall including afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast. Double rooms available from £17. As always my opinions are my own.