A few weeks ago I took a sneaky midweek break to meet up with a friend. She’s from the North and of course, I’m in the Midlands. When you have children and a busy schedule it’s hard to find time for friends, so as time was limited we met up in the middle. We found ourselves heading towards Scarborough to experience an Ox Pasture Hall Hotel review.
To give you a real sense of the place, this is a photo heavy post.
As you can see, the building and the grounds are beautiful. Although only a few miles outside of Scarborough (we took a cab from the train station for about £8) it really does feel like you’ve escaped to the country. Privately owned and one of the top luxury hotels in North Yorkshire, Ox Pasture Hall hotel is close to the sea and in easy reach of Filey, Whitby, Helmsley and York.
We were staying in one of the luxury suites setup as a twin, complete with sitting area, large bedroom and huge bathroom. For me this really was the icing on the cake.
The first thing I noticed though, was the interiors magazines! The kettle was on, music was playing and we settled down for a read and a catch up. We’ve known each other for over 27 years now, and whilst we don’t see each other very often, it’s easy to fall back into our chatty ways.
The bathroom was contemporary, beautifully decorated with twin sinks, large bath and walk in shower. It gave me some ideas for our own attic conversion actually. I particularly liked the waterfall taps.
The bedroom was tastefully decorated, with comfortable beds, solid oak furniture, a tv and ample room. As you can see, the decor was neutral, very calming and felt excellent quality. We did have a little trouble getting a wifi signal in our part of the building, but a trip to the hotel lounge area soon sorted that, with a much stronger signal.
What can I say about the food, except that it was exquisite. A traditional, bistro style menu with plenty of choice for vegetarians too. We selected marinated herrings and a crab risotto to start, and they arrived beautifully presented, with a decent portion size and delicate flavours.
The mains were the just stunning. We ate from the A La Carte menu, and chose a divine Duck and a delicious rack of Lamb. The Sea Bass ratatouille and Beef sounded just as mouth-watering.
A few cheeky glasses of wine and a creme brulee later, and we were done. I really can’t fault the food at all, it was truly wonderful! And breakfast turned out to be just as good, with a full English, some of the best scrambled egg I’ve tasted for years and plenty of hot coffee.
It was a brief stay but we couldn’t have felt more revived. There’s something about being in the countryside out of the city, and with views like this, who wouldn’t enjoy themselves. Ox Pasture also run Weddings, so if you’re local, what a gorgeous setting for your special day.
If you’re passing through on your way further north, it’s a great stop off, or if you fancy a weekend break combining both the coast and the countryside, it’s the ideal spot. You can find out more about their weekend breaks here.