Mr B and I recently headed to Ox Pasture Hall, a luxury boutique country house hotel just a few minutes from the centre of Scarborough. Drawing close to the hotel, you drive through a vast and beautiful landscape, taking in the rural country lanes. Winding turns bypass the coast and instantly instil that blissful feeling of a weekend escape.
An ideal place to go if you’re looking for a peaceful retreat, we were met with the warmest of welcomes by lovely receptionist Rosie. Shown to our room, I was delighted to find we would be treated to the honeymoon suite. A modern, stylish and fresh suite, our home for the night comprised a bedroom complete with king sized bed, lounge area and deluxe bathroom. Always one for a long soak and glass of fizz, the bathroom was the main event for me. Plush, chic and inviting, I began wishfully envisaging it in my own home.
After settling in to our living quarters we walked back to the roaring fire within the hotel’s main lounge area and tucked into afternoon tea. Tempting home-made sandwiches, warm scones, jam, cream and an assortment of frankly amazing cakes awaited us, and we peacefully whiled away the next hour or so with a plateful of treats plus coffee.
The gales blowing outside and rain lashing against our window, we settled down to enjoy the child-free time. Although we went without minis, there was a travel cot within the suite and the hotel itself is very family friendly. Dogs are also welcome, which adds to the country charm of the hotel and made for a friendly atmosphere between dog owners in the bar later on.
Our evening began in style with a glass of Prosecco by the fire as we waited to be seated at our table in the Courtyard Restaurant. If you are looking for a more relaxed dining experience, the hotel’s gastro pub The Bistro is to hand, a rustic and charming location. Led to the Courtyard Restaurant, we were in for an evening of sumptuous dining. We devoured three courses, plus refreshing palate cleansers and special tasters between each plate. My favourite part of the meal had to be the tender beef trio which was finished with Celeriac Fondant, Wild Mushrooms, Celeriac Puree and Horseradish Foam. It was a struggle to find room for pudding as we had been well and truly spoilt, but I couldn’t bear to miss out on their amazing Sticky Toffee Pudding. It has to be said, the food was divine. Afternoon tea, dinner and our breakfast the next day were all delicious.
Content, cosy and full of food, we snuggled by the fire with the rest of our wine. One of the perks of our visit was the after dinner conversation we had with other guests. Dogs snoozed, couples chatted and it was a relaxed, sociable affair. A truly unique stay, Ox Pasture Hall is packed with individual quirks which make it feel a home from home, in the very best way. So much so that we forgot to hand our key in at reception upon check out. The perfect excuse to return…
We stayed at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel on a complimentary basis, in return for this review.
Telephone: 01723 365 295
Ox Pasture Hall Country House Hotel, Lady Edith’s Drive, Scarborough, North Yorkshire Moors National Park, North Yorkshire, YO12 5TD.