Ox Pasture Hall

Last weekend Scott and I were invited to stay at Ox Pasture Hall – a luxury country hotel near Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Neither of us have explored Yorkshire and it was my birthday that weekend (hello 30!), so it was a good time to have a weekend away. This is the view that greeted us when we arrived.

Ox Pasture Hall

We checked in and were shown to our room which had a bedroom with a king size bed, a living area and a large bathroom.

Luxury hotel room

Check out the view from our bedroom window! We could have been miles away from anything because all we could see was countryside.

View of countryside out of window

Once we’d unpacked we had look around the grounds before it got too dark.

Ox Pasture Hall

The wind was howling and it was starting to rain so we only explored a small area of the 17 acre grounds. At the back of the hotel was a pond with geese. I think they could sense I was from down South though because they ran away when I tried to get near them with the camera!

Pond in hotel grounds

Even though we visited during winter the scenery was still beautiful with views across the moors in every direction.

View over dales

Afternoon tea

After our walk we needed something to warm us up. Afternoon tea for two in front of the fire? Yes please! We made ourselves comfy on a big leather sofa in front of the wood burner and then this arrived…

Afternoon tea in front of log fire

Drinks: Hot chocolate (neither of us drink tea or coffee)

Top plate: Warm Yorkshire scones with strawberry jam and feather light cream.

Middle plate: Cheese and cucumber, cheese and cranberry and ham sandwiches.

Bottom plate: Chocolate and pistachio fudge cake, lemon cheesecake (made with vegetable gelatine), raspberry crème brûlée, mini lemon meringue pies and chef’s homemade fudge.

Layered chocolate and pistachio cake

Chocolate and pistachio fudge cake

Our eyes probably popped out of their sockets when all this was put in front of us. So many delicious treats to try! It was all fantastic but we both agreed the raspberry crème brûlée was our favourite, closely followed by the scones.

A bit of exploring

We munched our way through an entire afternoon tea and then explored the area around the hotel for a while. It’s located in the North York Moors National Park and less than 5 minutes down the road is Raincliffe Gate – an entrance to ancient woodland. The area was beautiful and we would have liked to have spent more time walking but the light was fading so we headed back.

Hotel lit up at night

Dinner

For me, the food and drink was one of the highlights of our stay. As well as a Courtyard Restaurant they also have a bistro restaurant, which is where our dinner was served. Dinner started with a glass of Prosecco.

Glasses of prosecco

Prosecco

Our pre-starter was breaded egg with sweet, crunchy, pickled vegetables.

Breaded egg with vegetables

Breaded egg with sweet, picked vegetables

We both had butternut squash soup with homemade bread to start. I chose fruit and walnut bread; definitely something I’m going to try and recreate at home.

Bowl of soup with walnut bread

Homemade bread with butternut squash soup

Soup was followed by pear poached in red wine with grapes, walnuts and celery.

Poached pear on top of grapes and celery

Pear poached in red wine with walnuts

Scotts main was braised brisket of beef with mash, carrots, silverskin onions, cabbage and mash. The beef was so tender.

Braised brisket of beef on plate

Braised brisket of beef

I had the open lasagne (vegetarian). Layers of pasta with vegetables, spinach, pine nuts and parmesan cheese. Without doubt the best lasagne I have ever eaten and the whole dish was lovely and light – a good thing with dessert to come!

Layers of pasta with vegetable filling

Open lasagne (vegetarian)

Our pre-dessert was a passionfruit and whisky sour with homemade sorbet.

Fruit sorbet in glass

Passionfruit and whisky sour

We were both feeling quite full so we shared a dessert. The one that caught our eye was chilled mango rice pudding with pina colada. As soon as our eyes saw ‘pina colada’ we didn’t kid ourselves into thinking we’d even consider anything else. The bottom third of the glass was filled with rum and the other two thirds with pineapple sorbet. I need to learn how to make sorbet pronto. I can’t show you the rice pudding because we were so busy eating it, we forgot to take a photo.

Me drinking a pina colada

Pina colada o’ clock!

After finishing our meal we walked through the courtyard garden back to our suite.

Courtyard lit up at night

And flopped into our king size bed feeling full, sleepy and relaxed.

Romantic lighting in bedroom

Breakfast with courtyard view

And just when you think ‘they can’t possibly eat any more, can they?’, I present to you…breakfast! There was some tasty breakfast options on the menu including a full english but we both fancied something simple. Scrambled eggs with mushrooms for me, sausages and a poached egg for Scott.

We had a fantastic stay at Ox Pasture Hall; lovely staff, gorgeous room, amazing food and picturesque grounds. We’d like to go back at some point and do some proper walking in the national park – the hotel would be a great base for this. Highly recommended!

Ox Pasture Hall is a luxury, country hotel near Scarborough, North Yorkshire. It has a reputation as a wedding venue and the Courtyard Restaurant is regarded as one of the best restaurants in the Scarborough area.
 
Disclaimer: Ox Pasture Hall kindly offered us a complimentary stay including luxury suite, afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and photography are my own.

13 Comments

  1. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful place. And Yorkshire is a lovely place, isn’t it – although since I live there I may be just a teensy bit biased…

    I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award. No pressure, but if you feel like participating you can find the questions on my blog. 🙂

    • Thanks Iris! Yorkshire is lovely indeed – I liked all the stone houses and the national park would be a very beautiful place to be in the Summer. I’ll check our your blog for Liebster info 🙂 x

  2. Oh my Gemma it looks beautiful, so beautiful. You look so happy in that photo, that smiles tells me I need to make plans to visit there soon too!

    • I think you’d enjoy it there, so much exploring to be done around the national park. That’s my pina colada face 😉

    • Ah thanks 🙂 I was pleased to see so much interesting vegetarian food – and not just the usual standard vege options like tarts. Can’t recommend the food enough!

    • It was a very good getaway. Our walk was still fun in the wind – you know us, we’re troopers (or a bit mad).

  3. goodness that food looks good – and the beef looks like it’s falling apart – what a fab place to spen a special birthday. Happy birthday!

    • Thanks Stephanie! I get fanciful every time I look back over these foodie photos…

  4. What a gorgeous place. I love the Yorkshire countryside. We spent 6 months in York last year and loved every minute of it. I’ve never been to Ox Pasture Hall but it looks really nice.

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