Short break - Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough

Ox Pasture Hall Hotel

Ox Pasture Hall Hotel - Credit: Archant

With Scarborough just a short ride away, the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is the perfect location for a rural break

It is the done thing to check out hotels online before booking a room these days, which depending on your point of view is either spoils the surprise, or prolongs the enjoyment of the experience.

As I’m a ‘try before you buy’ sort of person I scoured the internet for comments about the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel and was rewarded with favourable reports. This was indeed a delightful place to spend a weekend or even book for a wedding, or party.

It’s a few miles away from the bustle of Scarborough, nestling amidst some stunning North Yorkshire countryside and as you draw up to the hotel you can’t fail to be bowled over by the chocolate-box gorgeousness of the building.

This lovely former farmhouse is surrounded by the prettiest gardens, which is what makes it a wedding hotspot. In fact, the weekend we stayed there were nuptials on the Friday and Saturday. But then who wouldn’t want their picture taken with this as its backdrop?

It is only when being shown to our room that we begin to get the measure of the place. The building has been added to over the years and has ample accommodation for weddings, guests and the rest of us.

We were shown to a large luxury room with big windows overlooking the gardens at the front of the hotel. There were verdant views but we were a little concerned that with no nets or blinds, if anyone fancied peering in, they could!

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Our room was nice and light, with a large bedroom area and a spacious sitting area decorated in soothing neutrals. The bathroom was a good size too - well with all those weddings there has to be ample mirror space for the brides and bridesmaids!

As the weather was beautifully sunny on our visit we indulged in a the hotel’s afternoon tea with a glass of fizz al fresco. It had all the traditional elements: scones, tarts, cake and a variety of teas. I would have preferred leaf tea (such a treat) but everything was served with such cheerfulness that it more than made up for this.

I adored the dining room of the Courtyard Restaurant, which is where we were headed the same evening. Our table positioned by the French windows looked over the gardens and made you feel you were in an elegant drawing room drama.

The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel has the only restaurant in the Scarborough area to have been awarded two rosettes for culinary excellence. Their chefs use the finest Yorkshire produce and you can expect a high standard of cuisine.

Dishes like A Little Jar of ‘Gloucester Old Spot’ Potted Pork, Sticky Apple and Crackling Salad and Textures of Apple; Beef Sirloin, Braised Oxtail, Beef Shin Celeriac Fondant, Wild Mushrooms, Celeriac Puree, Horseradish Foam and ‘Black Forest’ Cherry, Chocolate and Cream are the perfect match for this rustic location.

We walked into Scarborough from the hotel, which took us just over an hour and strolled around the quayside where the fishing boats unload their catch.

There’s still a retro vibe here that evokes nostalgic thoughts of being a child digging in the sand for shells and it’s great to take in the sea air then head back to the countryside for hearty dishes and friendly hospitality. The Ox Pasture offers the best of both worlds.