After returning to London, getting back to work and enduring the minus temperatures of January I knew that getting through the first month of the year wasn't going to be easy. As if knowing my motivational struggles one cloudy day I received a welcomed email asking whether I'd like to stay at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel with complimentary food included, for a kind review in return. Thinking there must be a catch somewhere, as most things sound too good to be true, I did some googling on the hotel. After some extensive browsing I came to the conclusion that the offer was legitimate and thankfully excepted the rather spontaneous trip to Scarborough. And when the question came about of when I'd like to stay, to help me battle through the drawn-out weeks of January I choose the last pinnacle weekend of the month.
The drive was simple and took in some great scenery from the surrounding countryside. On the last leg of the drive the approach to the hotel was set amongst a plethora of trees. The winding road seemed to lay parallel with a pathway which seemed like an enjoyable trail for the summertime. Soon we had made it to our destination and although it was overcast it looked impressive from the onset. Gathering our bags together we were hit with the first gales of the weekend - which continued during our entire stay.
After checking in we were led through the maze of the hotel grounds to our luxury suite. There we met our spacious and cosy room complete with sitting area, king-size bed and modern bathroom. The latter got us particularly excited as the bath was huge and featured a large waterfall tap that beckoned to be turned on! After settling in we quickly made our way to the bar/casual dinning area for afternoon tea. Here we devoured fluffy scones, delicious cucumber sandwiches and sweet treats that were hard to keep my eyes off. With two rounds of coffee we certainly had our fill and I was worried that I wouldn't be hungry come dinner.
Later I went to run the amazing, big bath but was faced we cold water. The heating too seemed to be getting milder in the room and soon enough we had someone knocking on our door to let us know that there was a problem with the gas in our section of the hotel. True to their great customer service they offered us another hotel room to get washed in and although it wasn't quite the bath I was after it was nice to still be able to wash my hair!
Next came what I was really looking forward to - the evening meal at the restaurant. Tim and I were greated with complimentary champagne and the best soup I've ever had (I'm still thinking about it now). For starters I chose prawn cocktail and Tim chose chicken roulade, both of which were tasty and succulent. After we enjoyed a shot of winter berry cordial and it was a zesty pick-me-up in-between the courses! For mains I opted for duck confit and Tim picked pork belly and these were well cooked, beautiful dishes that were wonderfully presented. We could have had deserts and coffees to finish the meal but after so much food (they do excellent portions) we just couldn't face it.
After a great night sleep we woke up to even worse weather than the previous day but the heating was back on and I took advantage of that gorgeous, large bath. Once we had packed and got ready we moseyed on to the restaurant for breakfast. In the bright light of day you could really appreciate the vast gardens that enclosed the hotel. And if you can get a spot near a window you can get some pretty picturesque views. Despite feeling still very full Tim and I went all out and had the full English breakfast with a pot of tea. It was a pleasant breakfast with yummy bacon, sausage and good eggs.
We were wanting to walk off the mass of food we'd consumed over the weekend with a saunter around the hotel grounds before check-out but just as I put my hat on rain began to pour - and it didn't let up. We decided to leave early and hit the road with just enough time to give our pleasantries to the receptionist and fill out a quick questionnaire. For a mini-break in England it really was a treat. We felt utterly spoilt and the care and attentiveness of the staff made us feel welcomed. However, it was a real shame a few things wasn't on our side - such as the gas situation and specifically the weather which meant we didn't get to explore. So, if you were interested in visiting Ox Pasture Hall then I'd recommend going in spring or summer to truly get the most out of your stay.