Saturday, 29 November 2014

Venue Review: Ox Pasture Hall | Budget Wedding Blog

Ox Pasture Hall is a beautiful luxury Country House wedding venue in Yorkshire.

Wait.... luxury?! But this is a budget wedding blog... Well let me tell you, the team at Ox Pasture Hall have put together some fab offers for mid week or off season weddings, and they invited me down to check out what they can offer a few weeks ago.


Hidden down a little lane, nestled amongst woodland and rolling hills you'll find this former country farm house surrounded by restored barns and outbuildings. This is the kind of house that I dream of living in, which has been transformed into a cosy and inviting wedding venue (which would just make the perfect venue for a winter wedding... as well as a summer one as the gardens are beautifully kept)


When we arrived we were greeted by lovely friendly staff and shown to our room which was huuuuuuge! (like bigger than my first flat huge)
With a super king sized bed and a luxurious bathroom, plus a separate lounge are this would be the perfect room for a bide to prepare for her wedding in...

Can't you just imagine your gorgeous gown hanging by the side of this window with the morning light streaming through it?

The bathroom, was just perfect, with an enormous bath (plenty of room for 2) a great big rain head shower and attention to detail with quality products and lovely fluffy white towels


After we'd settled in we headed back to the lounge for afternoon tea. Walking through the courtyards as the sun was starting on it's way to the horizon I could just imagine how lovely it would be have your photographs taken and mingle with your guests here...


Even on a misty, rainy, over-cast day this place is still a photographers dream.  We made our way down to the lounge for our home made afternoon tea which was delicious. It's not part of their standard offer but the team at Ox Pasture Hall can offer afternoon tea for your wedding reception if you don't want to go for a heavy meal early on in the day, which quite frankly I think would be delightful. There was plenty to fill you up and the cakes were delish especially the mini lemon meringues!


After we'd stuffed ourselves with cake and tea we headed out to Scarborough which is just down the road (10 mins in the car) regressing back to our teenage selves we hit the 2p machines and won some tat. This would be such a fun pre wedding evening activity if you were staying here the night before, get the girls out for some arcade action followed by a couple of glasses of vino in one of the seafront bars.

Returning to the hotel we went to get ready for dinner. I expected the food to be good here but didn't quite expect it to be this good! We both envisaged tiny portions of tastiness but that we might be left feeling hungry but we couldn't have been more wrong.


The restaurant has a lovely warm and cosy feeling to it and the menu sounded amazing. I'm quite a picky pescetarian (basically a veggie that will eat fish) but the husband is a carnivour through and through so it was great to have a menu that catered to both our tastes, plus had some pretty tasty veggie options too which is always great to see.

For starters I had the Wild Mushroom Risotto, and the husband had Confit Duck Salad, Parfait with Cherry Sorbet, but before that arrived we were surprised with this tasty little treat!


A little sample of their tomato and red pepper soup, with a glass of Prosecco, and it was absolutely delicious!


The risotto was perfectly seasoned and creamy with just the right balance of flavours and Paul rather enjoyed the duck!

After the starters another little treat arrived in the form of a palate cleansing strawberry compote YUM!


So tasty in fact, it made Paul's face do this...


For mains I ordered the Crispy Tartlet; Filled with Smoked Haddock and Leek, Pea Puree and Potato Gnocchi, mainly because I though it sounded both yummy and small (tartlet not tart) after my ample starter, and Paul plumbed for the Pork; Slow Cooked Belly, Tender Loin Stuffed with Apricot and Sage, Savoy Cabbage, Sauteed Potato, Homemade Black Pudding & Red Onion Marmalade.


My Tartlet turned out to be a real hearty portion which was rich and creamy, which I could eat again and again. Paul's Pork was beautifully presented and being 90% meat he was a very very happy carnivore, a particular huge thumbs up for the home made black pudding which he said was the best he'd ever tasted!

For desert I opted for the cheeseboard while Paul went for the Chocolate & Pistachio option featuring Fudge Cake, Arctic Roll and a Banana Mile Feuille.


Dinner was amazing and the service from the staff at Ox Pasture Hall really is second to none, they go above and beyond to make sure you're happy but as well as that they're just thoroughly lovely people. Special mention to our waiter for the night Connor who was an absolute pleasure.

After dinner I pretty much slipped into a food coma, and slouched out in our super comfy room. If you're booking your wedding at Ox Pasture Hall, their food is hearty! Don't go for too many courses and canapes as you want your guests ready to party not snooze!

After a lovely long and peaceful nights sleep we headed down to the restaurant for breakfast.  Sitting looking out over the gardens and countryside you really wouldn't imagine that you are just a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the popular tourist town of Scarborough.  I couldn't have been more relaxed.

We had croissants and coffee to start, which are available buffet style with cereals and fruit, we then ordered from the hot breakfast menu. Paul went for the full English (with more of that delish home made black pudding) and I enjoyed some perfect scrambled eggs on toast


After breakfast we got to look round the rest of the hotel and have a nosy at the wedding reception room which is waaaaay bigger than I'd imagined!


The space is light and bright with a bar in the same room as well as the bar over in the main part of the hotel.  It looked great when we saw it but check out how pretty it looks when it's all dressed up!


And check out the grounds, the views are so perfect for your photographs and even on an overcast day this place is really beautiful


There are lots of lovely little seating areas dotted around the gardens which give it a lovely laid back relaxed feel.


Plus just down the road there is this gorgeous little lake where you could sneak away for a few romantic portraits while your guests enjoy the hospitality


So on to the numbers, how much does it cost for all this loveliness? Well as I mentioned before Ox Pasture Hall have some pretty substantial discounts going over the off season, but also for mid week weddings so it works out about the same to marry on a Saturday in January as it does a Thursday in August.

Here's a rough guide to their prices, for full details please download one of their wedding brochures available on their website here

You can have your luxury  wedding here at Ox Pasture Hall for less than 5k!
Based on a medium sized wedding party of 70 people:

Food & Drink:
4 course wedding breakfast - £39.50 pp
Bacon sarnies & rostie potatoes in the evening - £9.95 pp
Basic drinks package - £13.95 pp

£63.40 per head x 70 guests = £4438

Additional charges:
Civil ceremony room hire - £395
Evening room hire charge - £360

Total: £5193 
The team Ox Pasture Hall are currently offering the following awesome discounts
*Upto 30% off food costs and room hire charges in December - March even on Saturdays!*
(When applied to the above example that could bring your costs down to just £4540.55)

There's also up to 25% discount in early spring too

*Upto 30% discount on weddings on Mondays - Thursdays, even in the summer!*
(You could get the same great deal mid week in peak wedding season, but I'd be quick, I suspect they book up fast!)

Many thanks to the staff for inviting me up to their lovely venue




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