The world is a hectic place at the moment, Christmas shopping mania is at fever pitch and the news seems to get worse and worse, so when a stay at an idyllic hotel nestled in the countryside landed in my lap I was snapped up the chance to get away from the mayhem and escape to the safety of Ox Pasture Hall Hotel.
After somewhat of a manic morning, we arrived at the hotel and this is the view from our room, I mean if that isn’t the epitome of calm I don’t know what is. As a city lover, I couldn’t help but feel a little disconcerted by the deafening silence that surrounds the hotel. There isn’t a main road for miles, even the wildlife seemed to be entirely chilled out!
I had so much planned, big walks, adventuring and the like, however after stepping foot inside the hotel, seeing the fire and stack of magazines I knew I would be going nowhere, and doing nothing but immersing myself in full-scale relaxing.
I’m very lucky to get to stay in some fabulous hotels for work, but usually they are right bang smack in the centre of a city, seemingly infinite stories high and with minimal personality, Ox Pasture is the polar opposite.
Set in the most stunning grounds a few miles from the hustle and bustle of Scarborough, the team couldn’t have been more welcoming. We were whisked off to our beautiful room, a luxury suite, hidden away in a secluded corner with a spacious living area, bedroom and the kind of bathroom that makes me run a bath immediately, and wrap myself up in one of the super soft snuggly robes they provided.
Now my partner in crime has a thing about showers, obsessed I think is the word so when he spotted the HUGE walk in drench shower I was a little concerned he would never leave the bathroom. I’ve never heard anyone talk so emphatically about a bathroom installation, but after trying it out myself the next morning I’m on the same page, BEST SHOWER EVER.
After maxing out on relaxation we headed back down to the main hotel lounge and settled in by the fire with a substantial glass of Merlot, GQ for him and Harpers Bazaar for me. Perfection.
As is my usual style I uhhhmed and ahhhed over the menu for ages, but with so much yumminess on offer it was a real struggle to just pick three courses. We kicked it all off with a selection of super tasty home-made breads, my favourite was for sure the beetroot bread, quirky and beyond moorish.
I went for the cod cheek, in a cream sauce with courgette and heaps of flavour. It was the perfect start to the meal, and I could happily have polished it off more than once, in fact the poor boy hardly got a look in!
He went for the roe deer carpaccio which was divine, paired with a deer sausage, blackberries, crispy onions. It was a completely new dish to me, and having never tried deer I was pleasantly surprised by it all, especially when teamed with fresh, tart blackberries.
I simply had to have the pork belly and loin champ mash, red cabbage, crispy roots and real gravy, who knew such a gusty meal could be presented so beautifully. It tasted as wonderful as it looked, the mash packed a punch of flavour, the loin melted in the mouth and the pork belly had the perfect level of crunch to it.
I had a little menu envy for the chaps perfectly symmetrical plate of sea-trout, fountains gold risotto, oyster leaf & pickled samphire, other quirky dish that I am sure Marucs Waring and the Masterchef team would have raved about, I know it’s been almost two weeks since my stay and I’m still thinking about it.
Now I LOVE chocolate fondant, and it calls to me if ever I spy it on a menu, but never, ever have I been presented with a chocolate fondant quite like this. It looked like the solar system and tasted out of this world too (sorry the pun was just right there, I had to do it!)
It also would have been rude not to try the cheese plate, because if there is one thing we do right in this country, its bloody epic cheese plates. This one lived up to the hype and the heart-shaped crackers were beyond cute.
We called it a night with prosecco under the stars staring up at the Mourning Moon, described as
A time for washing away the baggage of the past and letting it go. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to focus on the joys of the future. During the Mourning Moon phase, say goodbye to bad habits and toxic relationships, and get a fresh start for the new year.
Let me tell you it’s exactly what I needed. I’m not a big new years eve resolution maker, so this was like my mini version. A chance to reflect on everything that’s happened, learnt from my mistakes and make plans for the future.
This year has been an eye opener for sure, there have been some serious plot twists, but without them wouldn’t life be a bore! So I have left behind my shocking love life decisions, my self-doubt in my work and the limitations I put on myself and my journey through life.
After what can be described as one of the best nights sleep I have ever had, I mean seriously, there is something so calming about utter silence and no alarm waking you up. The beds are the perfect amount of firm whilst being snuggly warm too, there are extra pillows which for a pillow hog like me is imperative!
We slept with curtains slightly ajar and woke up naturally as the sun rose, pottered down for breakfast, which although lovely, wasn’t anything to write home about. What was lovely however was the wonderful service that was as attentive at breakfast as it had been the night before.
Once we have scoffed breakfast it was off for a day of adventuring, we hopped in the car and headed to Whitby, a place that holds a special place in my heart. First stop though was the hilarious round name we spotted the day before…
Most recently I spent a hilarious weekend there celebrating my beautiful friends final weekend of singleton and we showed Whitby how it’s done! This visit was a little more sedate, and mostly involved massive coffees, walking on the beach and randomly stumbling onto the set of Queen Victoria a new drama coming to ITV in the new year.
I was very, very sad to have to head home, the whole two days were just perfection. Getting to spend time with someone I adore away from all the harassment and noise of real life was exactly what I needed.
Huge thank you to the entire team at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel who made our stay as near as perfection as it could possibly be, the only complaint I had, I couldn’t stay longer!
If you’re looking for a place to escape to, to switch off and just relax, I’ve not found a better place than this lovely place.
*I was gifted this stay, however as always my reviews are honest and reflect my true experiences