Earlier this year Shaun from Ox Pasture Hall; a luxury Scarborough Hotel got in touch with me asking if I would like to review their hotel. Never one to snap up anything straight away, I did a bit of research first and saw how beautiful the hotel was, and how close it was for us in York. I decided to take him up on the offer and booked to visit the hotel with Bob in March. Last weekend we drove 1 hour East of York to the beautiful countryside hotel that is Ox Pasture Hall.
We drove up the long driveway off a country lane to the hotel and thought WOW. The hotel and area surrounding it were simply gorgeous and made us very excited to see inside and explore the area some more. We were greeted by one of the staff at reception who asked us to take a seat in the lounge area. A few minutes later Alan came in offering us hot chocolate with Cointreau. It was delicious and made us feel warm and welcome straight away. After 5 minutes he came back through to let us know the room was ready for us. He walked us down to the Wetherby room located off the new courtyard at the back of the hotel. It was secluded and could only be reached through a doorway which led to 1 other suite. The Wetherby suite was absolutely huge and is one of their fantastic King suites in the hotel.
Upon walking in, there was a large wardrobe, radio/cd player and dining table and chairs. To the left was a sofa area with coffee table and chest with a television and tea/coffee-making facilities on top. There was a bedroom area featuring a huge bed which definitely looked like a super king and a chest of drawers with a television sitting on top. Through another door was the amazing tiled bathroom featuring a deep bathtub, large walk in shower, toilet and his & hers sinks. Needless to say the whole suite took our breath away and we couldn’t wait to stay the night.
We decided before getting too comfy, we would go out and explore the local area some more. We grabbed our walking boots and set off camera in hand, to do some walking. When we left the hotel we decided to walk to the left along the country lane past the field of horses and up to a walking spot. Clearly marked along the lane are parking spots which were quite busy on the day, showing just how popular the area is. You can clearly see the path routes up the hills as you walk along so it would be pretty difficult to get lost.
Off we climbed up the hill-side and after what felt like the steepest climb, we happened upon a bench. I won’t lie, we had a 5 minute sit down mainly because I was out of breath (It definitely made me realise how unfit I am!) The weather was clear and crisp that day meaning through breaks in the trees, we had a fantastic view of the local countryside. The hills were oddly calming and we enjoyed wandering over the various trails and trying not to slip on any mud. After climbing a fair way up the hillside we decided to start walking down the other side and seeing where it took us. We had passed a lake on the way to the hotel and soon found ourselves right by its side.
Around the lake was a great little wooden footpath which went the whole way round and even had some jetty areas meaning you could walk into parts of the lake. A couple of them had Geese on them so we decided to leave the Geese to their business and not bother them.
We saw a lot of dog walkers out round the area and decided it was perfect if you have a dog to walk, and a perfect way to get exercise for you both. As we were driving home we noticed a few more of the wooden walkways that were low-level and straight. This is a fab idea for those who struggle to walk uphill or just want a bit more of a gentle walk. For those who like a challenge, then trust me some of the walking trails are steep and definitely gets the heart beating and makes your legs work harder. Overall we spent around 1 hour walking around the local area before heading back to the hotel to chill before dinner.
We spent the next couple of hours relaxing and watching some of the Six Nations on the tv that afternoon. We booked to go for dinner at 6pm as we wanted to watch the final rugby game at 8pm. I know it sounds sad that we booked dinner based on rugby, but we actually missed the start of the game anyway because we were enjoying the food so much. We were seated in the lounge area while we pondered over the menu before Alan came back to take our order. Paul the restaurant manager then came through to seat us and welcome us to the restaurant.
We started our feast with an amuse bouche of Mushroom soup which was incredible. It was perfectly seasoned and was a great way to start our meal off. We also had some homemade bread; I chose the plain bread and Bob chose cheese and chive, both of which were fresh and tasty.
Next up was the starters. I chose the Goats cheese & tomato tart with slices of mandarin & beetroot, and Bob selected the Whitby haddock fish cake. I have to say the first bite of both was heaven and we were over the moon with our choices. Each of our starters were cooked well and tasted perfect.
Main meals for the evening were Fillet of Salmon with chips and grilled mushroom and tomato for myself, and sea bream for Bob. Again the meals were gorgeous and portion size was spot on. We felt absolutely stuffed after this but were determined to try out the desserts as well as we knew they would be exceptional quality.
We were super surprised once we ordered our desserts, to get another intermediate course. This one came in the form of a passionfruit whiskey sours which in Bob’s words was a slush puppy meets sorbet. The sweetness of the fruit and the sour of the whiskey blended perfectly together and cleansed the palate.
Last up came the most amazing desserts I have ever seen; hazelnut Pave for me and Sticky Toffee Pudding for Bob. My dessert was huge! I ate about 3/4 of it before deciding I couldn’t quite finish but Bob demolished all of his. Both puddings tasted divine and we were so glad Paul had recommended the Pave as it was beautiful.
We finished the evening by taking a bottle of Shiraz back to the room and watching the Six nations final in our complimentary robes. The bed was super comfy and we both said we had an excellent nights sleep and didn’t want to go home.
We woke up the next day to glorious sunshine and decided to head to breakfast for 9am. The restaurant wasn’t too busy but there had been a wedding there the day before so a few of the wedding party seemed to be up and about. We both ordered full English breakfasts and a pot of coffee. The breakfasts were cooked well and filled us up for our journey home.
We ventured back to the room to pack our stuff up before checking out and were sad to leave the hotel. We absolutely loved the hotel and despite their being a wedding on whilst being there, we heard absolutely no noise throughout the night and didn’t feel like it was crowded at any point during the stay.
We have already been planning to go back to the hotel and intend to go later in the year for a night or two’s stay as we loved it so much. As keen walkers, it’s the perfect destination for a hike but also a great place for relaxation and calm away from your day-to-day life. A big thank you to Shaun, Alan & Paul from the hotel who made our stay incredible, we will definitely be returning.
* Our stay was provided by the hotel in exchange for a review however all my thoughts are my own and are an honest opinion.*