Ox Pasture Hall, Scarborough – Review

ox pasture hall hotel

By Angie Aspinall

If, like us, you wouldn’t dream of leaving your dog in kennels when you go away, you’ll be on the look-out for dog-friendly places to stay, and we think we’ve found a real gem of a place just outside Scarborough.

ox pasture hall dog hotelOx Pasture Hall is ideal for couples and families wishing to holiday with their dogs. Dog-friendly rooms are available and, as the hotel sits in 17 acres of gardens and grounds, there’s ample space to exercise our four-legged friends.

The staff were very welcoming towards us and our Westie, Tilly. In our room there were two dog bowls – one for water and the other filled with gravy bone treats. Dog-drying towels are also available.

“Mouth-watering options”

We stayed in a suite which had easy access to one of the two courtyards. It was much bigger than we’d anticipated, with a dining area as well as sitting/TV area, dressing table, wardrobe, drink-making facilities, Superking bed and a bathroom. I wished I didn’t have to leave it behind! There were double sinks, a walk-in shower and one of the deepest baths I’ve ever had the pleasure of using.

ox pasture hall roomsOnce we’d unpacked, we walked around the grounds to the pond. Here we sat and watched a heron. We spotted a good number of drinking bowls for dogs dotted about the garden too.

Dining at Ox Pasture Hall is a real treat. We were seated in one of the lounges with pre-dinner drinks (us and Tilly included) whilst we made our selection from the menu. It was full of mouth-watering options such as Artichoke & Truffle Ravioli and (my favourite) Wild Mushroom Risotto.

The Bistro bar is dog-friendly and again, we were made to feel very welcome. The tables are made up with the same crisp white linen as the restaurant. It made us feel like we were having a proper dining experience rather than being expected to have a ‘standard pub meal’ just because we had a dog with us. The bistro is stylish, with exposed stone walls and beamed ceiling. We were rather taken with it.

“Pretty and peaceful”

The food is beautifully presented and we could see why the chef has such a good reputation. We commend his attention to detail – particularly his Sticky Toffee Pudding!

ox pasture hall forge valley scarboroughA nice stroll, the long way round, back to our room gave us the opportunity to enjoy the hotel in the summery evening light. It really is a pretty – and peaceful – place to stay.

In the morning, after a really good night’s sleep, we headed to the bistro for breakfast. Often, when staying at hotels, we’re expected to put Tilly in the car while we have breakfast but, that is not the case here. Mind you, it did give her the opportunity to make ‘begging eyes’ at me whilst I tucked into pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. (For the record, she didn’t get any – but she did get one of the gravy bones!)

Whether or not you have a dog, we’d recommend Ox Pasture Hall as a great place to stay. You’ve got the beautiful Forge Valley, the North Yorkshire Moors and Scarborough all within easy reach.

Go on, book a visit!

Ox Pasture Hall Country House Hotel, Scarborough, North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire, YO12 5TD

Dog-friendly stays: oxpasturehallhotel.com/about-us/dog-friendly-hotel

images: Richard Aspinall


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