Ox Pasture Hall Hotel Review*
A couple of Sundays ago, I travelled to Scarborough for my first minibreak with my new boyf (yes, you read that right – I have a new boyf! ) and my first EVER dog-friendly stay with Alfie, at the gorgeous Ox Pasture Hall Hotel. It’s pretty much criminal that I’ve never yet managed to stay in a hotel with Alfie, so I was super excited and we packed up our things and set off.
Ox Pasture Hall Hotel
Ox Pasture Hall is a two and a half hour drive from where I live so it’s the perfect distance for a quick getaway. On the approach to the hotel it’s all tiny country lanes and beautiful views and so, when we rounded the corner and approached the hall, we really felt as if we’d left the stresses of work and real life far behind us.
On arrival we checked in and were shown to our room by the lovely Alan who couldn’t do enough for us. We were staying in a luxury suite which had a bedroom, living area and huge bathroom. The bathroom had his and hers sinks which I’m a big fan of – it means you can both brush your teeth at the same time! – plus a walk-in shower and a large bath with waterfall taps. We had a bit of a giggle at Alfie as he walked straight into the glass of the shower – twice! The furniture was all rustic countryside – chunky and wooden – and the room was lovely and warm with plenty of light. We brought champagne with us to drink in the room and were provided with a bucket, ice and glasses to drink from.
Unfortunately the weather was quite poor for the majority of our stay (read: chucking it down constantly) and so we didn’t see the grounds at their best but we did give Alfie a couple of walks round the grounds and there was plenty to explore. The hotel is set in 17 acres of gardens and grounds which are home to beautiful flowers, trees and green pastures. In sunnier weather you can dine outside on the terrace which would be lovely on balmy summer evenings. From our room we had a lovely view of the large pond which had geese swimming in it and surrounding fields and countryside.
The evening meal was my favourite part of the stay! You can eat in the bistro (you can even have a meal from the restaurant menu) with your dog but we chose to leave Alfie in the room and sit in the restaurant. Again, we were served by the lovely Alan and he was really attentive throughout. We had prosecco to drink and three delicious courses. For starters I had duck liver parfait to start with which was light and full of flavour.
For my main course I chose the lamb. I can be quite fussy about meat and only like lamb when it’s cooked perfectly and so I wouldn’t usually order it in a restaurant as it’s a bit of a risk. However, I overheard another couple ordering their lamb to be cooked pink and so I did the same. It was beautifully rare and really succulent and tender. It was accompanied with salty cabbage and sweet carrots which again were delicious. My boyf had the duck for mains which came with amazing truffle mash which we both quickly acquired a taste for.
We went really citrus-y for our puddings with lemon cheesecake and an orange sponge pudding, both of which were served with the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted and both were to die for. Everything was beautifully presented, each dish was like an edible piece of art. I would go so far as to say it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had!
We also had breakfast in the morning and we sat in the bistro and brought Alfie. We both chose full English breakfasts which came with all the usual – sausage, bacon, mushroom, tomato, your choice of eggs and the very welcome addition of black pudding. I loved how you could choose which type of eggs you’d like as I am a sucker for scrambled eggs – YUM!
Dog Friendly Hotel
The very best thing about Ox Pasture Hall Hotel was the fact that I could bring my very best friend with me. At this dog friendly hotel Scarborough, the staff made a big fuss of Alfie and he really enjoyed sitting with us while we had a drink in the bar and at breakfast. There were several other dogs at breakfast – a poodle, a doberman, a dachshund and what I think may have been an Irish wolfhound – and it was lovely to chat with the other owners and see all the dogs sat there.
The hotel and staff were really relaxed so I never felt worried about Alfie being naughty (although he was very well behaved throughout his stay!) which can sometimes happen in dog friendly pubs and restaurants. Ox Pasture Hall is perfect for dog friendly stays – the grounds are great for walkies and it’s located in the North York Moors National Park, so there are longer walks right from the doorstep.
The hotel is only a 10-15 minute drive from Scarborough itself and so we took the opportunity to explore the seaside town. The weather stayed terrible throughout the day but it couldn’t put a dampener on things (ha!). We took Alfie straight to the beach and I let him off his lead for a few panicky minutes while he ran around chasing seagulls before I became an over-protective mum and put him back on his lead – well, the beach is quite near to the road! The seafront was typical British seaside with ice cream kiosks and arcades galore. I can imagine that the beach is really nice on a sunny day as it was all sandy without a stone in sight (we know because we were trying to
find one to skim!).
We also pottered around the shops in Scarborough town centre which was full of antique shops, charity shops and independent shabby chic-style shops which happens to be my favourite kind of browsing. We ended up finding an original painting in a charity shop for just £20 and buying some hanging wooden hearts for the house.
Epic Fail: And, as you’ve come to expect from my travel blog posts, there was a huge epic fail. If you know Scarborough, you’ll know that there are two beach areas – South Cliff and North Cliff. South Cliff is where we parked and the traditional seaside front. North Cliff is about a 40 minute walk away and is more for watersports like surfing. We accidentally walked all the way to North Cliff in search of the beach (which, by the way, was RIGHT BY our car) and fish and chips. By the time we got there, we jumped in the nearest cafe as we were so desperate to eat and ordered the worst fish and chips I’ve ever had. The fish was ok but the chips were clearly oven chips that had just been popped in the fryer. For this and two drinks cost the best part of £20. We couldn’t help but dissolve into fits of giggles when the food arrived.
Find out more about Ox Pasture Hall Hotel and book your stay here.