THE DRAWING ROOM AT OULTON HALL
Rothwell Lane • Oulton, Leeds LS26 8HN
44-8712-224690 • qhotels.co.uk/our-locations/oulton-hall/
Oulton Hall was once a simple 18th-century farmhouse but was extended in the 1790s to become a grand house with beautiful landscaped gardens and a lake. Rebuilt after a disastrous fire in 1850, it served as a convalescent home for wounded officers during World War I. In 1925, it was sold to the local council, who turned it into a hospital for the mentally ill. But it then stood empty, vandalized, and with no roof until 1991, when De Vere Hotels purchased it and spent £20 million on its restoration. Today, QHotels owns the hall and its 27-hole golf course, and the house is a popular venue for afternoon tea, weddings, and other celebratory and corporate events.
Head Butler Peter MacMahon is a member of the Guild of Butlers and brings Old-World gentility and effortless charm to the service of afternoon tea in the Drawing Room. Behind the scenes, the hotel’s chef has drawn on Yorkshire’s traditions to create a menu of local specials. Sandwiches are filled with Yorkshire ham; warm scones are served with Stamfrey’s clotted cream; Yorkshire Tea Loaf is paired with crumbly mild Wensleydale cheese (a northern tradition); and rhubarb also features here in scones, desserts, and pastries. Single-origin teas and a special Oulton Hall blend are all from Taylors of Harrogate, and a range of herbals includes one with dried rhubarb!