Hello Dear Reader,
As you may or may not know (what do you mean you don’t know, where have you been lovvie?) we recently went to North Yorkshire for a short break. We went at the invite of the Ox Hall Pasture Hotel, who offered me the short break in return for a review. So, as promised here is the review. Our stay, including all food, drink and accommodation was free of charge but my opinions are entirely my own.
In short, we loved the place! You might think I’m easily pleased because I don’t get out much but one of the reasons I don’t go out much is because I have really exacting standards. The hotel didn’t let us down one bit.
To us, the very best of the thing about the hotel were the staff. It has a reserved, yet efficient style about the place where the staff are friendly and welcoming without being at all intrusive. We purposefully noticed how they treated everyone, just in case we were getting preferential treatment as reviewers. They treated everyone really well. The clientele were very mixed with families with children of all ages, some elderly visitors and plenty of couples who like us, were enjoying the peaceful surrounding. A special thanks has to go out the management and staff of the hotel for making everyone feel so relaxed and welcome.
The hotel itself is in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and surrounded by seventeen acres of parkland and gardens. Our bedroom overlooked the gardens, lake and then countryside as far as we could see in any direction. I live by a busy arterial road and that peace, even for a couple of days really recharged our batteries.
We were given suite 25, which as I said over looked the countryside. It was really warm when we were there and as I got ready in the evening, with the windows open I could hear moor hens and the ponies in the distance. It really was tranquil.
I know I live in a small house, but really this suite was larger than the ground floor of my own home. It was huge. It also has everything you can possibly need from: iron, ironing board, extra bedding, extra pillows, extra heating, hot and cold beverages, snacks, toiletries, bathrobes, hair dryer and lots of chunky oak furniture to store everything away. We were more than comfortable. There was also a large flat screen TV in the lounge and bedroom as well as audio equipment. I would have like ipod or iphone docking but that was my only criticism. It’s a very peaceful hotel and I’m sure I wouldn’t have liked music in the room next to mine so I can see why they didn’t have it.
I loved the huge bath made for two (well tested!) and the massive rainfall wet room style shower. In my dreams, I would love a bathroom like this. I will probably never have one but at least I got to try one out for a couple of days. It certainly was luxurious.
We ate each night in the on site Courtyard Hotel. I love food and was utterly spoiled. They served the sort of food that you only hear about on Masterchef. The experience was wonderful. We sat in the hotel bar and lounge and were brought Prosecco as we selected from the menu. I checked, everyone was given this and it was a nice touch as no one felt rushed to choose or hurry in any way. We just chatted quietly, sat by the fire and enjoyed a very mellow evening.
Here’s what we ate on our first night.
Mini Ham Hock, Pea Mousse, Crispy Quail Egg, Pickled Vegetables,
Honey Mustard Dressing
Traditional Smoked Salmon
Served with Horseradish Ice Cream
2 Bone Rack of Lamb, Braised Lamb Boulangere Potato, Curly Kale and Root Vegetables
Slow Cooked Belly, Tender Loin Stuffed with Apricot and Sage, Savoy Cabbage,
Sautéed Potato, Homemade Black Pudding, Red Onion Marmalade
Coconut Panacotta, Mango Rice Pudding, Passion Fruit Sorbet, Pina Colada
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Butterscotch Sauce and Milk Ice Cream
As you can imagine, we slept well after that lot!
One of the best things about the hotel is the location to the North Yorkshire coast and it’s a perfect place to base a short stay. So many visitors to the UK don’t bother with the north of the country and just pass through on their way to Scotland. Stay a while and take in Yorkshire. I’ve wanted to visit after seeing the first two stages of the Tour de France which as you may know started in Yorkshire this year. The scenery was amazing. You could stay at the Ox Pasture Hall hotel and get to York, Harrogate and of course the coast. There are plenty of world famous tourist attractions nearby such as Castle Howard. We’ve already made plans to have a longer holiday in Yorkshire one day.
We decided to visit Whitby.
Steep cobbled streets and the fishing harbour; the abbey in the distance.
Cobble and back to back fisherman’s cottages……..all for rent if you choose.
The north Yorkshire steam railway.
The abbey…………we decided to make it look very Bram Stoker. I could just imagine Dracula crawling out of the earth………
I digress, after a fascinating day in Whitby we went back to the hotel for afternoon tea. You will need to book this as it’s so popular. We met and chatted with a Yorkshire family, with their children on half term who were also enjoying tea. They had treated themselves and their boys to an afternoon at the Ox Pasture. If you are local enough that you can just pop over there for tea, please try to. It’s a really genteel treat. We were replenished with as many pots of tea as we liked. It was bliss to warm up by the fire after such a cold a blustery day in Whitby.
Our final evening was just lovely. We sat in the lounge and perused the dinner menu, drank Prosecco (I could sooo get used to this!) and chose some wine to have with our supper. Delicious but the photographs were not so good after this!
With Potato Salad, Wilted Spinach and Chive Cream
The warm potato salad with puy lentils was amazing!
Mini Beef Fillet, Tender Brisket of Beef, Creamed Mash Potato,
Mushroom Duxelle, Baby Turnip and Carrot
Raspberry Crème Brulee
With Raspberry Milk Shake
(didn’t like the slate……but the dessert was perfect otherwise)
Apple & Pear Crumble
Served with Sauce Anglaise or Vanilla Ice Cream
All good things have to come to an end. Serously folks, if you are not British and you’ve never eaten one of our breakfast, you haven’t lived! We only eat a cooked breakfast on the weekends but this really set us up for the day. I can honestly say you won’t need lunch after one of the hotel’s breakfasts.
To sum up our stay: Yorkshire is an utter delight and the people we met in passing were all genuinely welcoming, Whitby was amazing and very much worth a visit and best of all the Ox Pasture Hall hotel is everything it claims to be. It is a boutique luxury hotel with a warm welcome and award winning food.
I totally loved it and many thanks to Shaun the owner for inviting us, to the manager Lyndsey who treats everyone so well, the staff (especially the young waiter who looked after us in the evening) and everyone who made our stay so very special.
Over to you Dear Reader, has anyone visited Yorkshire? Is anyone lucky enough to live there?
Love Froogs xxxxx
Disclaimer – the photographs of the exterior of the hotel are from the website. It was a bit foggy when we were there and our photographs didn’t show the exterior of the hotel at its best.