Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Oxpasture Hall Hotel Review.

What could be better than a hotel serving the most delicious food, with the most luxurious rooms and decorated with tartan check, exposed brickwork and open fires? How about all that AND they welcome dogs?! Yup - Pepper went on holiday last weekend.

A few months ago we were lucky enough to be invited to stay at the Ox Pasture Hall hotel for a night which is a dog friendly hotel in Yorkshire. The hotel is located a couple of miles away from Scarborough nestled in the picturesque, country landscapes of the North Yorkshire moors. After a mooch to Scarborough to begin our break, we arrived at the country house hotel at around 3 p.m. last Saturday. We were greeted by Alan at the reception desk who made a great fuss of Pepper and then showed us to our room. He led us out of the main reception area across a beautiful courtyard and through a passageway adorned with green vines to our room which was located just off a second courtyard. 

We stayed in a luxury suite which was amazing. Our allocated room was number 26 - I like to think this was a little added touch from the guys at Ox Pasture, although it was probably just a coincidence! As we entered the room, we were firstly presented with a spacious lounge area with a leather sofa, TV and writing desk. The lounge overlooked the beautiful hotel grounds located at the back of the country house hotel. Leading on from the lounge were the bedroom and the bathroom. The bedroom was host to the biggest, most comfiest bed you could imagine, with a view from the window looking over the vast fields of the farm next door. The bathroom was something else in itself. With matching tiled walls and flooring, the bathroom was home to his and hers sinks, a drench style shower and the biggest bath you could imagine. I don't think I've ever stayed somewhere so classy, yet so down to earth and friendly. 

The hotel caters for dogs well, with bowls of water dotted about the place and huge grounds for walking. You could opt to eat in the Bistro and bring your dog along, or even leave your dog in the room for a snooze to allow you to eat in the main restaurant. We of course opted to take Pepper with us but I think it's a nice, trusting, touch that they don't mind dogs being left in the rooms for a little while. 

After chilling out on the comfy leather sofa in our room, we took Pepper for a walk around the grounds stopping every now and then to take photo's and relax in one of the many seating areas. Pepper loved it - with all the new smells and things to see, she was in her element. I did however have to stop her from chasing the ducklings who were sunbathing with their Mother next to the pond at the back of the hotel. We ended the walk with a relax in some comfy seats located in the front gardens of the hotel, sipping some local cider and lager  from the bar whilst soaking up the sunshine. 

Next up it was time to get ready for dinner in our amazing room. Once ready and following an obligatory mirror selfie, we headed down to the bistro with Pepper where we were directed to some comfy, checked armchairs and presented with a bottle of prosecco and some menu's to browse. The waitress was lovely, helping us decipher the posh menu. Once we had chosen our food and ordered we were taken to our table and room was made for Pepper to sit on the floor next to us where she was given a bowl of water. For starters, I opted for the twice baked Wensleydale cheese souffle and Toby had the pork rillettes. I then had the corn fed chicken, dauphinois and brocolli for main which was amazing. Toby had the rump steak with beef dripping chips for his main course. For dessert, I opted for the sticky toffee pudding which came with a pot of butterscotch sauce and Toby had raspberry cheesecake. The food was delicious! Normally I'm not too sure about small portions, but these were just the right quantities to fill you up nicely yet still make sure you can squeeze all three courses in! I was a bit worried about how Pepper would be in a room full of people eating with other dogs potentially being there as she is very greedy, but she was absolutely fine. I think the peaceful, calm atmosphere in the bistro helped keep her quiet and in fact, she and the other two dogs in the small bistro area were all flat out asleep under the tables. It was so lovely seeing the other dogs there too. We got talking to a couple who were staying for five nights at Ox Pasture and had brought their 18 week old Miniature Schnauzer with them - safe to say seeing Bertie made an already perfect trip just that little bit more special! The couple also loved the hotel and said they would definitely be back! 

After tea, we chilled out on a big leather sofa with our last drinks in front of an open fire in the lounge area. I loved the decor of this area, with exposed brickwork, roaring fires and quirky posters on the walls, it was right up my street! Following this, we had the best nights sleep ever in the most comfiest bed! 

The next day we got up bright and early and took Pepper for a stroll around the grounds of the hotel before taking our hungry tummies back to the Bistro for breakfast. We were greeted by a lady called Lindsay who made sure Pepper was well equipped with dog biscuits and water whilst we ordered our cooked breakfast. The breakfast was a little on the small side which was perfect for me as I don't like too much on a morning, but Toby said he could have definitley eaten more. You can order a cooked breakfast from the menu and then there is a selection of fresh fruit, yogurts, cereals and toast to pick from on a table in the main restaurant. All fueled up for the day, we sadly checked out of the hotel and made our way to Robin Hood's Bay to explore. 

The day before we visited Scarborough before checking into the hotel, but it was far from what I remembered as a young child and sadly seemed to have gone downhill a little bit since I had last been. We had a wander along the beach front watching some water sports in the sea which was fun and then we went for fish and chips, followed by an obligatory ice cream and some fudge. After a little while we wandered back to the car and went in search of another place to visit, where we came across Filey. I liked Filey a lot better than Scarborough. It had some quaint shops and a nice beach to walk along. It seemed a lot less commercialised than Scarborough which was more to our taste than the big lights and endless amounts of amusements along Scarborough sea front. 

As mentioned, the following day we went to Robin Hood's Bay which I thought was absolutely beautiful. We started off high up in the moors and followed the winding road down steep hills towards the bay, stopping to take photo's of the landscape and to say hello to a nearby horse on the way down. Once near the bay, we parked our car and half walked, half dashed down the steep hill towards the beach. The hill was lined with quaint, little shops and pubs and at the end of the cobbles, you are greeted by the roaring North Sea. There is a little promenade with benches where we basked in the sun for a while admiring the views and there is also a small beach to walk your dog.

There are also lots of other places to visit should you want to stay at Ox Pasture, including lots of countryside walks right on the hotel's doorstep. Overall, this was truely an amazing break and I would definitely love to go back to Ox Pasture Hall hotel. P-dawg and I will just have to drop some hints to Toby now!! 

*We were given a complimentary nights stay, including dinner and breakfast in return for a review. All opinions are my own. 


  1. It looks like you had a great stay there and got decent weather for it. It's nice that you could take Pepper with you, what a cutie!

    Lisa | Not Quite Enough

    1. Thanks for the comment Lisa, we had such an amazing time :)

      KT xo.