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The Bay Horse Tavern

35-37 Thomas Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, M4 1NA
Critics Review 19/20
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Opening Information

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 Monday, 21 January 2019

All three of us had a great time at the Bay Horse. This was not our first "Ladies Who Lunch" outing to the BHT and will not be our last. Thank you and well done to all the staff.

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Decent choice of beer and tasty food. Good value. Enjoyed the music.

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Visited On Sunday, 20 January 2019

Brilliant breakfast and really friendly welcoming staff!

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 January 2019

I had lunch here for my Birthday recently and was very impressed with both the food and service. The food was delicious and we weren't kept waiting long. The staff were very friendly and attentive! I will definitely be going back :-)

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Visited On Friday, 18 January 2019

Great place!!

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Booked for a table of three. Good selection of drinks on offer across the board. Great food (took advantage of the 50% Jan Offer) Staff members extremely attentive and happy to accommodate you. Thoroughly enjoyed and will book again in future.

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Visited On Sunday, 13 January 2019

Absolutely loved it! My husband and I booked the bottomless brunch for my birthday and it did not disappoint. We were offered our first drink as soon as we sat down and we were given the menu. My husband had the full English and I had the avocado and poached egg we both really enjoyed he food . As soon as our glasses were becoming empty the waiter asked if we wanted refills he was very attentive and funny . The Spotify playlist was brilliant with some obscure tunes but kept us guessing as to what would be next Overall we had a lovely time and I would recommend the Bay Horse Tavern highly

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Visited On Sunday, 13 January 2019

Excellent selection of food which tasted great, service was friendly and fast. Would definitely recommend

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Visited On Friday, 11 January 2019

Good to see this pub back on the top again. Food and beer selection first class. The best pub on Manchester?? Maybe

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Visited On Friday, 11 January 2019

Food was great and the staff were outstanding. This is truly an absolute gem

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Visited On Saturday, 22 December 2018

Love this place! Great food, great staff and great atmosphere 👍

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Visited On Saturday, 22 December 2018

Our table was given away as a mistake was made with our booking time. We were then originally given a table upstairs in the very noisy bar. A table for 4 was found downstairs, but we’d booked for 6. Tables were joined together in the end, but the experience was a bit awkward at the beginning. The meal did work out okay in the end though.

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Visited On Friday, 21 December 2018

Fantastic food and night!

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Visited On Friday, 21 December 2018

Fantastic food.. everyone loved it. Thank you for an amazing night.

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Visited On Thursday, 20 December 2018

Nice friendly staff. Really good food.

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 December 2018

noisy party of people at next table could have been asked to tone it down

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Visited On Saturday, 15 December 2018

The waitress who served us was very helpful and friendly

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Visited On Saturday, 15 December 2018

Thank you - we booked two tables for our xmas work do on a busy Saturday evening in the run up to holidays. The staff were all very helpful and accommodating - both when I made the reservation and also on the evening. The space that had been reserved for us was perfect for the amount of people in our party. Everyone enjoyed their food and the drink. We were only sorry when it was closing time!

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Easy to book the day before over the phone. Arrived to the table reserved and friendly staff. Very accommodating as some of our party arrived at different times. Great food! Thanks

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Visited On Monday, 10 December 2018

Service from Carlos and Amy was first class. Great vibe in there. Felt the pies were too small. Far too small Will go again though for sure

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

We took a chance, on word of mouth, in booking our works Christmas Party at this establishment. What a great decision. A fantastic venue with charm and atmosphere in equal amounts. The food was outstanding and proved to be a roaring success. The staff were warm friendly and attentive. The manager Richard truly "went the extra mile" in order to make this years party the best to date and hopefully the first of many at The Bay Horse Tavern. Thanks Richard.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 December 2018

Easy to contact and everything done with no fuss from the moment we stepped in to leaving. Real good service and food. Would recommend

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Visited On Sunday, 02 December 2018

Booked for a group of 6 for Sunday lunch. So happy we did, as we all loved the food, atmosphere and lovely staff. I would definitely go back to try other dishes. The beer and wine choices were also a hit! Well done Bay horse tavern for satisfying the tastes of all in our group.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

To be honest my group were gutted that we had to sit in the upstairs bar where our table (13 people) were squashed in and appeared to be in the way of staff and other people - the food was ok, the beef was not great - dry, tough and bland. Wouldn't go back.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

Amazing! I was soooo pleased with the whole experience. I took my daughter (23) and my friend to celebrate their birthdays. The staff were super efficient and the food was outstanding. It was real value for money. We have been to other bottomless brunches and this one is the best so far. I highly recommend it and will be booking again. Maria T

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