Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Ox Pasture Hall Hotel & Restaurant - Scarborough, North Yorkshire.



Tucked away in the North Yorkshire Moors just a couple of miles from Scarborough seafront is Ox Pasture Hall.
I was so happy to receive an invitation for a one night stay at this beautiful country hotel in Yorkshire. Me and Ashlea have been wanting to get away together for ages and this was the perfect opportunity.

We decided to head off earlier in the day so that we could explore the town before heading back to the hotel for a meal in their Courtyard Restaurant.
So, I'm going to start by telling you all about the hotel itself and then what we got up to when we ventured out.

Upon arrival, we had a warm welcome from the receptionist who took us to our suite whilst giving us a tour of the place on the way which I found very useful.



We had the honeymoon suite and having never gotten married before, I was super excited to stay in pure luxury. It's fair to say, we were both blown away by what we were shown to.
A classy, neutral retreat with a barn conversion feel.






The suite was beautiful. Hard wood furniture, an incredibly comfortable king size bed, a lounge area and an impressive bathroom which includes a bath big enough for two, his and hers sinks and a walk in shower! As the shower has no door, it did flood the floor a little but it was a really cool shower to use nevertheless.
I liked that we had plenty of complimentary toiletries however there was no bubble bath? We ended up using shampoo instead to create a little bit of bubbles but some nice bubble bath or salts would have been great to use in this tub.

There's free wifi throughout the hotel which was great to know in case we needed internet. We tried to avoid it as we were on holiday but we couldn't pick up the signal from our room. I put it down to us being the furthest room away from reception. 

After settling in the room, we took a walk around the grounds. With 17 acres of gardens, we didn't do a full circuit but what we did see was lovely. I can image it's a great place to be in summer once it's a bit warmer.



We booked in for dinner in the Courtyard Restaurant at 7pm. We decided to head down to the bar for a drink beforehand where we were able to meet some of the dog guests staying in neighbouring rooms. 
Ox Pasture Hall is a dog-friendly hotel and I'm pretty sure we were the only couple there without one that night!





As 7pm approached, we headed through to our table.



I was surprised when we had a bottle of Prosecco waiting for us at the table. As I don't drink, Ashlea had the bottle to himself which he was very happy about! It ended up coming back to the room with us afterwards to enjoy in the bath.



We ordered food and were bought over some fresh homemade breads and an amuse bouche of the day's soup.
The breads were so flavourful and soft and went down a treat alongside the soup.




To start, I decided to have Goats Cheese Filo Tart and Ashlea went for something he'd not had before, Pressing of Smoked Ham Hock.




We both found starters to be... okay. They were nice but not the most amazing. The flavours were there but nothing really stood out. My tart wasn't really a tart either.

For main course, I had Potato Dumplings (yes, I'm still going through my vegetarian phase) and Ashlea the Pink Sirloin of Beef.



Now main courses certainly made up for the starters! My potato dumplings which I'm pretty sure were Gnocchi was packed full of different flavours and textures. 
Ashlea told me that his Beef course was the best he's had for a while now. The meat cut like butter, was cooked perfectly and tasted amazing, as did the port jus which surrounded for presentation. The miniature cottage pie was an excellent addition.

We couldn't turn down desserts! 




I had the most incredible Sticky Toffee Pudding. I would've had two portions if it was acceptable.
The sponge was dense but springy, the butterscotch sauce beautiful and the super creamy icecream melting by the side was just heaven on a plate.
Ashlea had the Peanut Butter, White Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding which was recommended by the waiter. 
It sounds a little unusual at first but the more you think about the combination, the more it makes sense. 
He absolutely loved it and even though it was quite small, I managed to steal a piece and certainly agreed. I'm not keen on peanut butter but this was gorgeous.

Shortly after eating, we retired back to the room ready for the following day of exploration. 

Morning came and we returned to the Courtyard Restaurant for breakfast. 



A selection of cereals, yoghurts, fruit and pastries were on offer with fruit juices and bread for toasting. 
As well as these, you are able to order cooked breakfast items to your liking or a Full Yorkshire Breakfast.
I ordered a couple of sausages and a fried egg to go with some toast which was the perfect start to the morning.

We then packed up and went to reception to check out. The receptionist asked us all about our stay to which we responded with positive experiences. We had a chat about our plans for the day and talked about what's next for the hotel. Apparently a spa is set to come soon which is to be built into the ground!! This would work perfectly alongside stays for weddings or girly pamper weekends. 

As I mentioned at the start of this post, we began our little holiday discovering Scarborough. 






We had a lovely walk along the sea front and took in the fresh sea air. Although we were visiting off-peak, there were still a surprising amount of shops etc. open which I wasn't expecting. 
SeaLife was one of the activities we had put on the maybe list, but after seeing the prices we decided to give it a miss.

We couldn't visit Scarborough without a trip to the arcades! Many two pence pieces were put into these machines and much fun was had by both of us as we attempted to win prizes you'd never use again. It didn't stay this empty for long, shortly afterwards the place was practically full with people.



As well as Scarborough, we also took a trip up to Whitby. It took us about 20-30 minutes which wasn't bad at all.
Whilst here we walked up the 199 steps to the abbey, had an icecream whilst walking along the harbour and of course... Fish & Chips!








Whitby is an amazing town with so much history. It's full of character with the old crooked buildings, the Abbey's connections with Dracula and a wander through the graveyard of St Mary's on top of the cliff sends chills through your spine. 
The Fish & Chips were incredible too. So fresh! Certainly a must if you visit - along with Scampi obviously. 

Before heading off home, we stopped off at Robin Hood's Bay which lies kind of in the middle between Whitby and Scarborough. I visited this small fishing village when I was younger so looked forward to returning some years later. It's a quiet little place with just a couple of shops, pubs and cafes.






We weren't here long as to be honest, we'd done the place in no time but it's definitely worth a stop when you're in the area.

On the way back to Derbyshire, we took the scenic route through the North Yorkshire Moors. The views were incredible. Many people had pulled over by the sides of the road just to admire the view or to take a relaxing Sunday stroll.

Overall, I loved our stay at Ox Pasture Hall. It was amazing to feel like royalty for the night and be able to explore the surrounding areas too.
I would definitely recommend a stay here. The staff are all very attentive, the food amazing and a great place to stay if you are taking your pooch along on holiday with you.
The cost of their suites are on the pricey side so if I was to come back, I'd have to do some saving!

Thank you to Shaun and everyone else at Ox Pasture Hall. Will hopefully see you again in the future!

www.oxpasturehallhotel.com



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