Earlier this month I was kindly invited to the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Yorkshire to enjoy an overnight stay with dinner and breakfast. This invitation couldn’t have come at a better time as me and my boyfriend have been eager to get away for a bit so a couple of weeks later we packed our stuff and headed off to Scarborough for the night.
On Friday afternoon we set off on our trip up the Yorkshire moors to start our weekend early. Driving up the moors is always a pleasant journey and I love taking in the sights as we travel through the beautiful winding roads. Like I’ve mentioned before, I feel so lucky to have everything right on my doorstep; we only had to travel for a little over an hour to get to our destination. The Ox Pasture Hall is located in Scarborough, just past Whitby. When I think about Scarborough, I think about the seaside that I used to visit in the summer when I was a kid along with ice cream stalls, fairground rides and little nick-nack shops, however the hotel itself seemed worlds apart from the popular seaside resort.
Upon arrival the location was the perfect setting for a mini break away with my boyfriend. The hotel was surrounded by acres and acres of green land, you wouldn’t believe you were only a 10 minute drive away from the Yorkshire coast which makes it the perfect location if you’re looking for a peaceful base away from the hustle and bustle of the seaside. If you like to be one with the great outdoors, Ox Pasture Hall is the perfect location to explore the Yorkshire Moors and inhale the countryside air.
Luxury Hotels Yorkshire: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel
During check in we received a warm welcome and were swiftly shown to our luxury suite. Throughout our suite there was large windows and mirrors which I really liked; there’s nothing worse than a dark and dingy room! The bathroom was very spacious with a walk in shower, large bath and his and her sinks. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the shower to work, it seemed to lack pressure so we used the bath instead (I’ve notified the hotel of this).
The suite had a king size bed which was really comfy and a lounge area. There was drink making facilities, two TVs (although the buttons on both remotes didn’t work very well), a radio and a wardrobe with ample hanging space. We were unable to get service on our phones which is expected when you are out in the sticks however we also struggled to get the ‘high speed wifi’ in our room (31). It was stated in the welcome pack the wifi only worked in selected rooms, however you would expect the more costly rooms to have access to it.
The Evening Meal
At 8pm we were seated in front of the log-burning fire with a glass of Prosecco whilst we had a look through the menu. I won’t lie, I was hesitant when I first read the menu for the evening meal. As a girl who couldn’t be happier with a cheap curry or a stodgy burger, the al a carte menu intimidated me a little. However, I couldn’t have been more surprised! I opted for the soup of the day which was vegetable soup for my starter, beef cheek for my main and chocolate fondant for dessert. We were treated to a few sample dishes in between our courses.
To start us off, the waiter served us with amuse-bouche which is French for ‘Mouth Amuser’ and the dish did just that. It was a mix of salty and tangy flavours which definitely got our taste buds going. Next we were given some homemade slices of bread along with two flavoured butters to accompany our vegetable soup. I particularly enjoyed the smoked butter on the fruit bread.The soup was smooth, very hot and delicious, for a girl who isn’t a fan of vegetables, I could eat this soup again and again!
For our main course we both opted for the beef cheek which was served with broccoli, pearl barley and gravy. The beef was the most tender meat I have ever eaten and although the portion looks small in the image below, it was really filling. I was impressed by the vibrant green sauce that tasted like broccoli and the artistic potato chip for decoration. Whilst waiting for our fondant to be freshly prepared from scratch, we were given some strawberry sorbet which was beautiful and so refreshing!
The chocolate fondant was crisp on the outside with a rich, molten middle. Served with white chocolate ice cream, blobs of buttermilk and a sprinkling of popping candy, I was in my element. Me and Ross were so impressed with the food, it was the highlight of our stay. From the taste to the presentation, you can see exactly why the restaurant has won rosettes for their food.
The Morning After
We had some freak weather during the night which kept us awake most of the night. As a result of the violent winds, we were up bright and early the next morning to have our breakfast. There was a continental buffet available for us to help ourselves which had everything from cereal and yogurts to toast and fruit. We were also asked if we would like a cooked breakfast which we didn’t have time to stick around for.
Overall, we had a lovely time at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel. Although there were a few difficulties in the suite we had been allocated, the friendly service and outstanding food is definitely more than enough reason to go back.
Would you consider visiting the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel? What are your thoughts on al a carte food?
*One night accommodation, dinner and breakfast provided by Ox Pasture Hall for review. Please read my disclaimer for more information.