I was recently invited to review Ox Pastures Hotel in Scarborough. The hotels set in beautiful grounds, in the North Yorkshire Moors. It’s a 4* hotel – just the surroundings themselves were 4 stars for me!
Even though it’s winter, the gardens were incredibly romantic. It’s such a quaint English Countryside hotel I think it’d look beautiful in any weather. I kind of wished it was snowing because it’d look like a painting!
Inside, the staff were friendly from the get go, we were lead through the courtyard to the Wetherby Suite which was impressive to say the least.
The room had a lounge area (with VERY comfy sofas I must say), and a lovely bathroom with a huge bath, open shower and twin sinks. The bedroom was huge, complete with a king size bed, which I found incredibly hard to leave. And I’m someone who loves their bed (a little too much).
The decor is classic and charming, with chandeliers and a very homely feel. This carried through to the main hotel areas, such as the lounge bar and restaurant.
I have to talk about the lounge because it’s a dream. There’s something about log fired that make you feel at home. The exposed beams and Christmas decorations made me feel instantly seasonal and relaxed!
After relaxing in the room with a glass or two of bubbly, we went for dinner in the evening. The restaurant itself had the same charm and quintessentially British feel. The staff were friendly and chatty, making it that little bit more special.
Now I get to talk about food which is the best bit. After fussing over the menu, I finally picked and we went to the table where we were served complimentary prosecco (my fav). This was followed by an off menu appetiser.
Even the bread served to the table was good, with white, fruit and nut or cheese and chive to choose from.
The salmon appetiser was delish. Even my guest who’s not a huge salmon fan enjoyed it. Lightly battered with a perfectly suited sauce.
For my starter, I went for cod cheeks. Don’t worry, there were no fish faces on my plate! The cos cheeks were battered beautifully and I could have eaten more! My guest had the ham hock which went down a treat as well.
For my main, I carried on the fish theme with the Lemon Sole. The chef was even nice enough to debone it for me! The clams served with the dish were fresh and the sauce was beautiful.
My guest went for the steak which was cooked to perfection! It could have done with a sauce though I’m sure if we’d have asked there’d have been something!
For dessert, I tried the sticky toffee pudding. It’s my favourite dessert and I can’t help myself but order it when I see it. They impressed, I was tempted to take the little jar of butterscotch sauce with me to drink… I have too much of a sweet tooth!
The meal was the best part for me, I’m a big foodie so I love a good meal!
On the night, it was so calm and quiet at the hotel it was nice to forget about the outside world. The signal is terrible out there, but I’m not complaining – I loved not caring about my phone and just enjoying the hotel and its surrounding!
In the morning, we went for breakfast and had a full English each. The atmosphere was livelier than the evening, but who doesn’t love hotel breakfast?! I have to put in a special mention for the locally sourced sausages – beaut!
I strolled around the gardens for a while after our breakfast, and I never wanted to leave. I love places like Ox Pastures, tucked away gems on our own turf.
I want to go back in summer to see the scenery in a different light, and sit out in the garden with a glass of prosecco.
In my opinion, the hotel is suited to romantic getaways and weddings. But, I can also see myself going there just to get away from everything with friends or family and just enjoy being somewhere as stunning as Ox Pasture Hall.