The Bay Horse Tavern

35-37 Thomas Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, M4 1NA
Critics Review 19/20
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The Bay Horse Tavern is open 7 days a week.
Sunday - Wedsnesday: 11am - 1am
Thursday - Saturday: 11am - 2am
Food is served until 9pm every day of the week.

Facilities
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Families and Children Welcome

About The Bay Horse Tavern

The Bay Horse Tavern - a modern take on the traditional British pub -Think The Rovers Return meets Soho House!
The Northern Quarter institution - dating from the Georgian era when the original venue was built - offers a selection of pies and locally-sourced rotisserie meats, including rib of beef, roast chicken and suckling pig, served with beef dripping chips or mash with fresh bread baked daily in-house. A selection of small plates are also available to buy - all plays on traditional pub classics as well as a wide range of bar snacks. Epic rotisserie roast dinners are available every Sunday.
Behind the bar is a range of cask and keg beers from Greater Manchester breweries along with a comprehensive spirits selection including more than 30 gins. Wines are all available by the glass from a thoughtful list that includes English Pinot Noir and sparkling wine from Chapeldown, While a simple selection of seven cocktails covers classics such as Irish coffee and bloody marys.

Cuisine: British, Brunch, Cocktails, Contemporary, Gastro Pub, Sunday Lunch, Vegetarian, Salads
Dress Code: Casual
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Critics Review
Thomas Street pub has new owners, a new menu and a new look
19/20
AS the slew of new bars, restaurants, coffee shops and diners continues to pull the focus of Northern Quarter east towards Piccadilly, away from the old High Street and the braying Printworks weekend overspill, two historic institutions have re-emerged in the west, revamped and rebooted. The team behind the Mackie Mayor have turned the area’s old meat market into Manchester’s most Instagrammable foodie haven, while tired Thomas Street boozer The Bay Horse has changed hands, been resaddled and is ready to ride again. The pub’s new jockeys are Ross Mackenzie, Jobe Ferguson and Lyndon Higginson – the trio behind multiple Manchester venues including Crazy Pedro’s, Cane & Grain and Black Dog Ballroom. Having opened The Northern Quarter restaurant (TNQ) around the corner some thirteen years ago, Ferguson has been a long-time and loyal Horse patron, as has Mackenzie, who has lived and worked in the area for a quarter of a century. So when they got wind that the landlords were ready to offload the old Georgian boozer, they were on it faster than Frankel. “We’ve always wanted a pub,” Mackenzie tells us over very fine plates of rotisserie suckling pig, duck hearts and ox cheek (£5-£12). “Our friends here had lost the love for it so we thought why not – what a great opportunity to bring a proper food-focused pub back to Manchester city centre.” “We’re going for the Rovers Return meets Soho House,” says Higginson, who took lead on design. “It was all pretty grim, very few redeeming features, so we ripped it apart and started from the ground up. It’s our modern take on the local.” You can see what he’s getting at, with traditional pub traits like the darts board, wood panelling and Toby jugs a nod to pubs of yore. But where would a new NQ opening be without it’s craft beer chalk board, small plates menu and…. is that a chef’s table? “Yes, yes it is,” whispers Ferguson, “but don’t tell the chefs that – I don’t think they’ve cottoned on yet.” Ferguson is the group’s ‘food guy’, and in between jollies with his Michelin star-collecting dining posse, has had the lousy job of eating his way through some of the world’s best pub grub. “I’ve been all over researching this place” he says, clutching a spiced faggot, “from The Spotted Pig in New York to the Pig & Whistle in Beverley.” Here’s a man that clearly knows his pork. The Bay Horse Tavern, 35-37 Thomas Street, opens daily from 11am to 1am Sunday to Wednesday and 2am Thursday to Saturday. Small plates £3-£6, sandwiches and salads £6-£10, pies £9 and rotisserie £10-£12.
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Visited On Saturday, 18 January 2020

Great Birthday afternoon :)

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Visited On Thursday, 16 January 2020

Excellent food and service, my party of four were all satisfied and the staff were lovely. Thanks!

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Visited On Saturday, 18 January 2020

Great food

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Visited On Thursday, 16 January 2020

Second time back this month, it’s a lovely venue and the waiting staff are just fab. Lots of choice on the menu.

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Visited On Thursday, 16 January 2020

As always, a great experience.

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Service was slow as you were understaffed. Food was alright: tad underseasoned. Your mash needs salt but the gravy is extraordinary.

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Staff were great, service slick even when busy. Shame I wasn’t drinking!! Will be back

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Brilliant first time visit. Food, staff and venue for all first rate. Menu is filled with modern and hearty classics and of the x3 different plates we had among our party they were all devoured. Great atmosphere and location too and always a bonus when a place like this lets dogs in. Only adds to it all in my opinion. Look forward to our next visit. Cheers guys.

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Visited On Friday, 10 January 2020

Food wonderful, with a great atmosphere.

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Visited On Friday, 10 January 2020

Amazing food and service. Will be back.

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Visited On Friday, 10 January 2020

Really enjoyed our trip the the Bay Horse Tavern, we'll be back!

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Visited On Thursday, 09 January 2020

Food was really nice and very good value for money! Really efficient service by all staff thank you

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 January 2020

It took an hour for the food and the waiter didn’t bring the additional sauces we asked for nor check if we wanted any additional drinks. We decided to leave as soon as we could but even then had to go get the bill as again no waiters were around.

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Visited On Thursday, 09 January 2020

It was very busy today but the staff coped admirably. As usual, great food and great service.

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Visited On Thursday, 02 January 2020

The Bay Horse Tavern is the place to be for a late 'supper'! Tasty bangers & mash and a delicious burger were on the cards for us and we were even talking about the decor the day after! Those twinkly lights are Insta-ready 😍

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 January 2020

Food was great and a lovely, informal venue and atmosphere. The 50% off food in Jan deal made this extremely good value for hearty, home-cooked pub fare.

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 January 2020

Staff were great, really friendly and food was tasty and prompt. Even fitted us in for quiz :)

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Visited On Thursday, 19 December 2019

Food came quickly, nice atmosphere, quality of food was good too. The best thing was our server, a youngish man who was very jolly and friendly :)

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Visited On Saturday, 04 January 2020

The staff were absolutely lovely, really friendly and helpful at a busy time. The (local) real ale was tasty and well kept, the fish and chips delicious, chips a bit overdone but hey-ho, still had a fab time.

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Visited On Friday, 03 January 2020

Great food and atmosphere, Jan is 50% off food so amazing value for money!! Service was very good but only 2 people working manning the food and bar so seemed a little slow at times but no fault of their own. Would recommend a visit for food and drinks.

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Visited On Friday, 03 January 2020

Service, whilst great, was really slow - I’d give five for actual service from the team but one for speed and efficiency. Other than that it was incredible. Everything is great, food, beer, staff, atmosphere. Just best to eat here when you have no onward plans.

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Visited On Friday, 03 January 2020

Great service

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Visited On Thursday, 02 January 2020

Another great visit, and........all of the food is half price throughout January.

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Visited On Thursday, 02 January 2020

Went on a Thursday afternoon , friendly staff , very relaxed atmosphere.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 December 2019

Excellent experience

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