Mr ESLT and I had the pleasure of staying at Ox Pasture Hall last weekend. It is a luxury country hotel located just 2 miles from the seaside town of Scarborough in North Yorkshire. Even though we were only 5 minutes away from the busy town which attracts tourists all year around, we felt like we were miles away from civilisation (in a good way!). Nestled in a sea of greenery we instantly knew we were in for an evening of relaxation. Our initial reaction as we saw Ox Pasture Hall on the journey up the driveway was WOW! It is a gorgeous boutique house hotel which oozes rustic charm and we couldn’t wait to see what awaited us on the other side of the front door.
We were instantly greeted by friendly, smiling faces from behind the reception desk which put us as ease straight away. Check in was super speedy and we were offered help with our bags which we politely declined as we only had one. We were then taken to our beautiful suite, number 28 – Filey (all the suites are named after towns and villages in Yorkshire). It was located at the back of the property situated in a cute courtyard. It had everything we could possibly need and felt so cozy and homely. The bathroom was not only gorgeous but massive as well with both a waterfall shower and a bath together with twin sinks, which I LOVE.
The living area was lovely with a big window allowing us to pour a cup of tea, sit back and admire the magnificent views the suite offered. The bedroom was my favourite room in the suite though because it had the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on in there. Seriously! You will also find a TV in there (as well as the living area) which you will appreciate if like us you enjoy watching TV in bed. Just a point to remember and one you may love or hate – the internet connection in the suites is very limited, in fact we could not get a mobile signal at all during our stay and we could only connect to the wi-fi in the public areas. We personally found that this added to the relaxed atmosphere and quite enjoyed our digital detox.
After a short snooze we headed to the bar for pre-dinner drinks at around 6pm. We were greeted by a gorgeous wood burning fire which was pumping out enough heat to warm the whole area which was very welcome as it was a chilly January evening. As there were very few people in the bar Mr ESLT grabbed a comfortable sofa right in front of the fire. It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday evening – a couple of bottles of wine, a roaring fire in beautiful surroundings with the person you love. We were booked in at the restaurant at 8.00pm so at 7.30pm we were brought the menus, given the chance to peruse them at our leisure before our orders were taken. At 8.00pm on the dot we were invited into the Courtyard restaurant.
We were seated at a table with views out onto the lush gardens. We had:
- My Starter – Goats cheese and beetroot tart, salad and orange segments
- My Main – Duck brest, mousseline potato, sticky red cabbage, butternut squash puree
- My Desert – Chocolate fudge cake, chocolate orange sorbet
- Mr ESLT’s Starter – Soup of the day, leek and potato
- Mr ESLT’s Main – Pan fried sea bass, salmon and prawn chowder, wilted green, cocotte potatoes
- Mr ESLT’s Desert – Passion fruit cheesecake, lemon tart ice-cream
I can 100% understand why this restaurant is considered one of the best in the area and why it has been awarded 2-rosettes for culinary excellence and also recommended in the Michelin guide. The food is out of this world and the nicest I have had at any hotel I have stayed at and it’s making me hungry now just thinking about it . The presentation and service were phenomenal as was the bottle of prosecco we washed it all down with. After our delicious meal I was fit to burst and even turned Mr ESLT down when he offered me a nightcap in the bar. Instead we retired to our suite and the world’s most comfortable bed.
After a blissfully quiet nights sleep we ended our fantastic stay with a full Yorkshire breakfast each. They were cooked to perfection back in the Courtyard Restaurant and washed down with fresh orange juice which was just what the doctor ordered to set us up for our journey home. I also had a hot fresh croissant (I have no will power!). There was fruit and yogurt available if we had wanted it but there simply was not any room. We then begrudgingly packed the car up and checked out.
I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. We were looked after from the second we walked through the door and nothing was too much trouble. Every member of staff we came into contact with was polite, friendly and professional. I can understand why Ox Pasture Hall is also a wedding venue. If our stay is anything to go by I image your every need is catered for, for your special day and I can honestly say if we weren’t already married we certainly would consider having our reception here, the photos would be crazy good!
Unfortunately, by the time we arrived at Ox Pasture Hall the light was fading fast and the weather was not on our side – I think the technical term is ‘raining cats and dogs’. Therefore, we didn’t get the opportunity to explore the hotel’s grounds. However, from what we did see of the beautiful, well tended grounds I imagine on a nicer day they are the place to be. There are plenty of secluded seating areas which in summer would be perfect to place to retreat to with a good book and a (large) glass of wine. As the hotel is also dog friendly there is plenty of space for your four legged friend to roam.
The Surrounding Area
If total relaxation and chilling out is not your thing Ox Pasture Hall is situated on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park which is great to explore during your stay. You will find an array of things to do and see to keep you occupied. From beautiful stately homes (our personal favourite being Castle Howard, approximately 45 minutes away, which offers activities for all the family throughout the year) to simply stunning scenery over, what seems like, never ending hills and fields. There are also plenty of cute little villages to explore and we all know cute little villages always have cute little pubs 🙂 On the day of our stay at Ox Pasture Hall we visited Scarborough seafront. As it was January, it was quite wet and windy but not enough to put us off going and having a great time
Rain or shine there are certain things that you MUST do when you visit Scarborough:-
- Devour fish and chips – I challenge anyone to visit the seaside and not tuck into this traditional dish. Perfect with lashings of vinegar and accompanied by a big mug of tea. Our favourite is Winking Willys.
- Savour a Jaconelli’s ice cream – the nicest ice cream known to man (and I’ve been to Italy). This creamy whipped delight is the stuff that (my) dreams are made of.
- Amuse yourself at the amusement arcades – penny better or high roller, it’s great way to spend a couple of hours and spend a few quid. There a numerous arcades along the promenade for you to take your chances in.
- Take a stroll along the beach – it wasn’t warm enough to strip off and jump in the sea, it was January after all, but still nice to take some time out and maybe collect shells or skim stones?
If you wanted to travel further afield for some seaside fun you could go further up the Yorkshire coast to Whitby or Robin Hoods Bay. Being from Yorkshire ourselves (Gods own country may I add) we can recommend them both for lovely walks on the beach.
The moors are perfect if you enjoy strapping on your walking boots and hiking. There are a number of downloadable walks for you depending on how extreme you want to go/ how fit you are. Guided walks are also offered, if you want to organise one contact details are available on the North Yorkshire Moors Website. Walking through the Moors offers you extraordinary views over the landscape. However, walking is not for everyone and if that’s the case you could jump on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, a stream train which delivers a scenic journey through the Moors. Unfortunately for us, the train does not run in January. So if you are planning on taking the trip I’d advise you check out the timetable first. Oh well, not to worry, it simply means we have to return again when it is running 🙂