Back in December, Nick and I were invited to stay at the beautiful Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, near Scarborough in North Yorkshire.
H-Bear was too little to consider a night away in December, and then Nick’s parents (our babysitters) were in Australia for 8 weeks, so we booked the first date we could – in April! We have been looking forward to our visit (and the sleep) from the moment our booking was confirmed, and my first night away from H-Bear didn’t disappoint.
Before arriving at the hotel we headed to Robin Hood Bay, just North of the hotel. Nick talks about Robin Hood Bay quite a lot as he used to visit there as a child, so I was looking forward to seeing the beautiful village and beach.
Robin Hood Bay was absolutely breathtaking! The walk down from the car park was steep and winding. All of the little nooks and alleys leading to houses and shops gives the village so much character, and brought out my inner romantic; making me yearn for a cottage down one of the lanes where I could sit in the window and write, whilst watching the sea.
The tide was out when we arrived, and we walked for ages, exploring the rock pools and talking about bringing the children there in summer. My favourite part of the beach was the ice cream van that looked so perfect in the bleak, but beautiful, setting. The children on the beach obviously shared Busby’s mantra of “it’s never too cold for ice cream”!
After our bracing beach walk, we headed back up the hill to our car to drive to our next destination – and the place to rest our heads for the night!
The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel falls into the category of luxury hotels, Yorkshire.
We arrived at Ox Pasture Hall around 4pm to check in. I was immediately struck by how beautiful the surroundings are; the hotel is set inside seventeen acres of picturesque, rugged countryside, just inside of the North York Moors National Park, and is only 2 miles from Scarborough. The setting is so tranquil and quiet.
The hotel is a former country farmhouse, which has been restored and transformed into a wonderfully welcoming country house hotel with thirty-two bedrooms
We were greeted with smiles, asked what time we would like dinner, and shown to our room.
The Room (Suite)
When I say room – I really mean suite. We were staying in room 30, the Wetherby suite, which was huge!
The suite was compromised of three rooms:
– There was a living room area with very comfortable sofa (where I wrote some of this review), TV, tea/coffee making facilities, desk, beautiful ornate mirror, wardrobe, and table and chairs. We were a little disappointed that the tea on offer wasn’t Yorkshire Tea (it was PG Tips), and for a hotel that prides itself on its food (2 AA rosettes), I would expect homemade biscuits in the rooms. Sadly there was only shortbread in a packet, which was tasty, but we would have loved to see something a bit more personal.
– A gorgeous modern bathroom, with large bath, double sinks, and fab shower. The bathroom had lovely mini toiletries (“Spa Therapy” from Gilchrist & Soames) which all smelt divine! The bath was wonderful, and I spent a good hour soaking in there after dinner with my book.
– A big bedroom was situated off the living room space, and contained a very comfortable king size bed. Both of us slept wonderfully!
The suite décor was simple with neutral colours and solid oak furniture. There were a couple of little kitsch items that I loved, including a carved wooden squirrel bowl!
There were beautiful views from all rooms in our suite, overlooking the gardens and surrounding countryside.
Unfortunately the wifi didn’t work in our room, which is a Blogger’s nightmare! We called to see whether it could be fixed, but this was not rectified. We think that the walls were just too thick… In someways it was good for me, because it meant that I could switch off! Wifi was available in the courtyard, which was only a few metres from our suite.
The food was something that Nick and I were really looking forward to! We are complete foodies and have eaten in some of the UK’s best restaurants, so love to discover new places to eat.
We were greeted with a bottle of prosecco and taken to the cosy bar area to peruse the menu. The bar area had a log burning stove and very squishy, comfy chairs to sit in! We salivated over the menu and ordered our food – excited to try the delicious sounding dishes.
We were sat next to the window in the Courtyard Restaurant, and presented with a plate of warm, homemade bread. The bread was very tasty, although unfortunately the butter wasn’t very salty, so didn’t add much to the bread. Nick’s favourite was the cheese and chive loaf, and I loved the walnut and sultana.
Next up were our starters. Nick had the goat’s cheese tart with beetroot and orange, which was delicious!
I had the sweet marinated herring fillet with pickled cucumber and horseradish mayonnaise. My dish was yummy, but could have done with being half the size, as Nick had to help me finish it.
For our mains I had opted for the rump steak with fat chips, cherry tomatoes, mushroom puree and peppercorn sauce. The steak was cooked perfectly (medium rare, on the rarer side) and the mushroom puree was divine! The chips could have done with a lot more seasoning, and once again there could have been half the amount.
Nick chose the Gressingham Duck with celeriac, red cabbage, chocolate and pine. He loved the entire dish – especially the chocolate element, which he said was divine.
We chose the Assiette of Desserts for 2 for pudding, which was amazing! Quite simply, it was a pudding tasting plate to share… and wow! My highlight was definitely the mini bread and peanut butter pudding, and Nick loved the chocolate fudge cake.
We both felt very full after eating all of the delicious food, and were quite sad when our eating experience was over.
We were still very full for breakfast, but we managed to squeeze in a Yorkshire cooked breakfast. We were both quite disappointed at the lack of variety on the cooked breakfast menu, and would liked to have seen more options such as Eggs Benedict. The buffet table wasn’t very inspiring either unfortunately.
The black pudding on the cooked breakfast was very good though!
We had a lovely, relaxing break at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel. Our suite was wonderful, the staff were all friendly, and the location is perfect! It would be the ideal hotel for guests wishing to explore this beautiful part of Yorkshire, and it’s also worth noting that the hotel is dog friendly!
The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel felt like it needed a little bit of love to bring it up a notch to the exceptional standard they’re obviously aiming for. Our stay was good, but at times it felt like they missed the mark. Small finishing touches and attention to detail, such as lack of seasoning, the shower that made the toilet (and the bathroom) very soggy, lack of homemade biscuits, and no wifi signal in our room, briefly took our focus away from all of the positives on offer.
Nevertheless, we’d definitely go back to stay – if just for the glorious king sized bed that was remarkably comfortable, and the wonderfully relaxing bath that I fell in love with!
Find out how to book your stay at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel here.