A few weekends ago, it was my Birthday and we crammed a few things in – A castle visit and a date night away for Mike and I to Ox Pasture Hall Hotel! After we visited Newcastle Castle’s Castle Keep and Black Gate on Saturday, Mike and I dropped Reuben off with my mum and we headed south for a night away – high spirits were had by all as we drove away, Reuben happily waving us off, for our adventure in the sunshine. Actually I don’t think it was sunny when we set off, but that didn’t affect the mood as we were off on a date night!!
A few hours later and we arrived at the stunning location, seemingly in the middle of no-where with beautiful surroundings, but really not far at all from Scarborough. We were greeted by a friendly chap and shown to our room to get ready for Afternoon Tea.
Our suite was set away from the main hotel in a newly renovated courtyard, and was lovely! As you entered the room you had the bedroom off to the left, which was spacious, with a huge comfy bed and a TV.
We had a main sitting room area with another TV, coffee table, selection of magazines and beverage station (no mini bar to cool my Birthday Prosecco from my in-laws but we made do with a bucket of ice later from the bar!).
Finally, past the sitting room there was a huge bathroom/wet room (becareful with the shower as we flooded the floor at one point!), with his and hers sinks and a lovely big mirror for getting glammed up later.
We dropped our things, I popped on some heels, such is the luxury of an afternoon sans toddler, and headed off for Afternoon Tea, breakfast a long time behind us! We were seated in a quiet dinning room and quickly served tea and coffee, before our platter of goodies were brought out.
The selection is always made fresh that day and we had cheese and cucumber, ham and egg mayonnaise sandwiches, fruit scone with whipped cream and jam, and a selection of cakes including a chocolate torte and a lemon cheesecake. All round yummyness!
By this time it was around 4ish, so we felt it appropriate to head to the bar to get a wee drink. Through at the bar, the main bar area is a little bit dated but directly opposite there is a seating area with sofas and a gorgeous wood burning stove and another cosy looking room adjacent. There were 2 couples enjoying afternoon tea there, so if you do fancy joining Ox Pasture Hall Hotel for afternoon tea, I’d request to be in one of those two rooms!
We headed back to the room with our bottle bubbly and proceeded to watch 4 episodes of an old Come dine with me. IN BED!! It was heaven. Hanging out together, no need to do anything but chat and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Our dinner was booked for 7:30, so once I’d seen who had won Come dine with me, I took my time getting ready. I’d bought a new dress from Oasis a few days previously and couldn’t wait to wear it. The bathroom was great for putting on makeup – so often in hotels I find the lighting is dreadful or the mirrors are all in the wrong place – with loads of space for products. Then we were ready for round 2, a 3-course meal at The Courtyard Restaurant.
When we arrived back in the restaurant we were taken through to the bar area and seated by the wood burning stove (they had read my mind!), and we enjoyed some more bubbly while we perused the menu.
Once we had chosen our meals we were taken through to our table and we were brought some of the soup of the day, just to give it a try and it was lovely. As was the home baked bread.
Then our starters were brought out. I had the Duck, which was a confit duck salad and Parfait with cherry sorbet and Mike had the sweet marinated herring with pickled cucumber, not something I would have gone for! But actually, it was divine and I think Mike won the first round!
For our main course Mike had the beef which included a brisket of beef, a not-so-mini beef suet pudding and mash and veg.
I had the Sea Bass with a Chorizo Ratatouille, fondant potato and red pepper coulis.
Both very lovely and rich but by this point we were getting rather full. Neither of us could finish, so unfortunately there was no chance we could manage a desert – gutted!! So we rolled back to our room to lie down. The bed was really comfy, the only reason we didn’t sleep as well as we should was a) we had eaten too much and b) the room was far too hot. So at about 3am Mike was wide awake turning all the radiators off. A nice lie in later and we were still well rested. I had a leisurely bath with a magazine, then we trotted back to the restaurant for breakfast! I know, piggies!
The breakfast was great – a full Yorkshire (minus the black pudding)! There were other options but we were both happy to get stuck into that before we hit the road to go and relieve mum of her Grandma duties!
We stopped off in Scarborough to take in the stunning scenery and say a quick hello to the castle (of course!). The view from the Scarborough Castle is amazing – you can see right along both the North and South beaches and thanks to a bit of sunshine, it was looking glorious. I could have almost got in with the surfers!
It was an all round lovely trip and date night away with Mike! Such a treat. Thank you to Ox Pasture Hall Hotel for hosting us, we had a wonderful time.
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