Ox Pasture Hall on the outskirts of Scarborough invited us over to stay with them last weekend and once I looked at the photos on their website, I knew this was one I couldn’t refuse. We’ve both been working tremendously hard at the moment and a ‘date night’ was much needed…spending it at a beautiful hotel sounded like just the tonic we needed.
I hadn’t been to Scarborough since I was a child, we went a few times with family I think and also with school. I was looking forward to seeing what the area was like these days. On the Saturday, we drove over from Leeds and it was absolutely pouring it down. At first I thought this was a shame, but then I realised….what could be better than snuggling up in bed in a hotel all day? Nothing….that’s what!
The driveway to the hotel was immensely pretty…the first real Autumn colour I’d seen all year to be honest. I tried to make the husband stop so I could take a photo, but he wasn’t in the mood for stopping and wanted to get out of driving in the rain. I know when to choose my fights…this wasn’t one of those times 😉 Ah…but what a lovely sight Ox Pasture Hall was when we got there…
The room…or should I say ‘suite’ was great…very spacious. The bathroom was absolutely gorgeous, I struggled to take a pic that captured it to be honest…I’d seen a few other bloggers that had been had taken pics of the waterfall taps and I didn’t just want to repeat those photos! Have a gander at J For Jen’s photos of Ox Pasture Hall, she captures the bathroom beautifully.
All the rooms seem to be different, our suite had windows that overlooked part of the garden and the fields to the side of Ox Pasture Hall.
I think the only real improvement they could make to the room would be to add a little more art into the bedroom as it was a little plain…but apart from that it was just lovely. The bed was very very comfy and the pillows were to die to. I usually always complain about pillows in a hotel room, they aren’t firm enough or are enormous. These were just perfect! It was also goo to see Yorkshire Tea in the room.
After checking out our room, we went back to the main building of Ox Pasture Hall for Afternoon Tea…sandwiches, cakes and scones with jam and cream. Luscious.
Ox Pasture Hall Afternoon Tea
After all that eating, we retired back to our room for some much needed time under the duvet with some TV movies. I can’t even remember what the movie was about….something to do with Christmas and it had the guy that played Superman in the TV series. It was pretty bad….just how I like TV movies!
After all that napping and relaxing, we went to the bar for a drink before dinner. The wood burning stove was on and it was hot hot hot!
Dinner at Ox Pasture Hall
In the restaurant, Connor looked after us. He’s only 16 years old but so professional! We had a carrot and orange amuse bouche soup to start which was really tasty. The choice of breads (fruit and nut, cheese and chive or plain) absolutely rocked….I could have eaten them all evening. Hubby ordered the mini ham hock, pea mousse, crispy quail egg, pickled vegetables, honey mustard dressing for starter. I went for the confit duck salad, parfait and cherry sorbet. His was very good, although the pickles did slightly overrule the pea mousse. Mine was reeeeeaaallly good, absolutely delicious.
Another amuse bouche…strawberry consume…
For mains, he went for mini beef fillet, brisket of beef, creamed mash potato, mushroom duxelle, baby turnip and carrot. The fillet was good, the brisket was just OK really. The whole dish was good but maybe could have been a little better. I ordered the slow cooked belly, tenderloin stuffed with apricot and sage, savoy cabbage, sauteed potato, homemade black pudding and red onion marmalade. The pork belly wasn’t the best I’ve tasted (I’m a bit of a pork belly aficionado), it was still quite fatty and not melt in the mouth but the tenderloin was really tasty. I did feel the dish needed a few more veggies as it was a bit pork overloaded. We didn’t finish our mains as the portions were very generous, but we did leave space for dessert!
For dessert, I went for the apple and pear crumble with vanilla ice cream. It was heavenly. He went for the sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and milk ice cream. That was also heavenly!
After dinner we stopped by the bar and had a chat with The Friday Girl who was also staying there with her lovely boyfriend. I’d definitely recommend checking out her blog.
Time for bed. It was nice to stroll back through the courtyard, the fountains sounded lovely.
The next morning before breakfast I had a wander around Ox Pasture Hall’s grounds.
Breakfast was definitely needed, I was so hungry! We tucked into some lovely white toast with butter and jam (I never usually allow myself it).
The breakfast buffet had cereal, fresh fruit salad, prunes, yoghurts and pastries. I opted for the porridge with brown sugar. It was very creamy…I was afraid it would be quite sugary, but I couldn’t really taste the sugar. It really was very good. He went for the Full English which was good but he hadn’t spotted it didn’t come with baked beans so was a little disappointed.
There seem to be lots of walks around Ox Pasture Hotel and there’s a beautiful fishing lake. This time, I did manage to get him to stop for a photo.
On our way back, we stopped off to see the coast at Scarborough…a really lovely beach to walk dogs or go for a stroll (p.s. it’s worth noting that Ox Pasture Hall do welcome dogs at the hotel). We would have stopped longer, but sofa hunting awaited us….ahh, the rock and roll lifestyle! We had a fantastic time at Ox Pasture Hotel and I’d highly recommend staying there.