Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough invited me to stay for the weekend (in the honeymoon suite no less), dine in their fantastic restaurant and have afternoon tea… spoilt! I invited my good friend Emily on the trip with me, so here is what we got up to...
Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is set in the most beautiful grounds. It is a former country farmhouse surrounded by barns and out-buildings which have been transformed into homely getaways. Perfect for a country retreat.
Upon arriving at the Hotel, having made a slight accidental detour (driven up from London, yet had the sat-nav set to avoid motorways…oops) we were greeted by the friendly staff, with big smiles asking us how our journey had been and we were taken straight to our room, or should I say suite!
We were put in one of the honeymoon suites, room ‘York 23’ complete with lounge, spacious bedroom, enormous bathroom and the most gorgeous views of the Yorkshire Countryside. Literally every way you looked you were greeted with picturesque Yorkshire countryside, after all the hotel is set in seventeen acres of it!
The highlight of the suite for me was the bathroom, and the bath with its waterfall tap - the bath tub was huge. I’m pretty tall, so I really appreciate a well sized bath.
We had two TVs, one in the lounge and one in the bedroom, as well as all the usual amenities one would expect in a hotel, such as tea and coffee making facilities, as well as a few extras that take the hotel to the next level of comfort - bath robes and a personal favourite of mine glass bottled water, still and sparkling.
After a little rest, we got ready for dinner, eagerly anticipating the food in the courtyard restaurant (I had looked this up online before my visit, so expectations were high).
We went for dinner at 7, and were greeted with a glass of crisp prosecco as we relaxed in the bar whilst mulling over the menu.
Dinner started with an amuse bouche of tomato and basil soup and delicious breads - fruit and nut, cheese and chive and plain white, all equally delicious. I decided on the egg, pea and ham to start, vegetarian open lasagne and a zesty dessert. Emily had the chicken roulade, crispy fish tartlet and a trio of chocolate desserts to finish.
The food not only looked amazing (see pics) but tasted divine. Emily finished every morsel on her plate, but I did struggle to finish my lasagne, and ended up leaving half… partly as I wanted to leave room for dessert, but also it was so rich and filling .
This restaurant would be brilliant to visit even if you didn’t stay in the hotel - it’s fine dining but at a really reasonable price.
After a great night’s sleep, we leisurely got ready, and headed over to breakfast. I had the full Yorkshire (minus the mushrooms), a very indulgent but tasty way to start a Sunday.
Feeling very full, we drove into Scarborough and visited the castle, and then had a walk along the beach.
Scarborough is a very quaint little town, complete with donkey rides, arcades and plenty of tea rooms. We didn’t go to any of the tea rooms, as we were actually popping back to the hotel for an afternoon tea before heading back down south.
So, for the afternoon tea… the walk and the fresh air had built up our appetite, so once it got to 2pm we were ready for some tea, finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones.
My favourite of the sandwiches was the cucumber and soft cheese, a classic and always a winner. The afternoon tea here is a great price, at £15pp it is an affordable weekend treat.
I'd definitely stay here again, such a quaint hotel with modern amenities but all the charm and beautiful architecture. The Hotel also hosts weddings, which is very apparent in the reception which is full of thank you cards from happy couples. If you'd like to know more about the wedding service check out the website.