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 Sunday, 15 September 2019

Great service and amazing food!

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Visited On Sunday, 15 September 2019

Great value and really friendly service

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Visited On Saturday, 14 September 2019

Food was delicious and great service

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Visited On Thursday, 12 September 2019

Great food Great drinks Definitely go again .

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Visited On Thursday, 12 September 2019

The food is delicious, the staff are great, and they have some amazing wines.

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Great food, lovely staff, our dog was offered water and a dog bowl to put his fish cakes in which he enjoyed too.

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Visited On Monday, 09 September 2019

Had a really lovely date with my boyfriend here. We sat at the table by the window which had such a lovely atmosphere. We were there for the best part of 3 hours and the pub was nice and lively throughout.

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Visited On Friday, 06 September 2019

Great staff, great food , fantastic atmosphere. Couldn’t be happier . Back soon 😁

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Visited On Saturday, 07 September 2019

Had a fab time, thanks!! Lovely food & great service. Will be back

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Visited On Thursday, 05 September 2019

Great food, great service......and amazing wine!

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 September 2019

Give yourself 2 hours to complete the quiz, it certainly takes a while for them to get through all the questions! Otherwise a really good laugh with a real mix of questions suitable so everyone can be part of the fun.

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Visited On Saturday, 31 August 2019

Lovely brunch with friends. Staff very attentive. Food and drinks were delicious

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Visited On Sunday, 25 August 2019

Great selection of drinks in the brunch package and the ability to mix drinks was an unexpected bonus Good, friendly service in a relaxed setting for a reasonable price would definitely recommend

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Visited On Thursday, 29 August 2019

As always, excellent service and great food.

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Visited On Thursday, 29 August 2019

As always, excellent service and great food.

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Visited On Monday, 26 August 2019

Great value. Lovely food

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Visited On Thursday, 22 August 2019

Service with a smile

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Visited On Thursday, 22 August 2019

As always, a great experience.

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Visited On Thursday, 22 August 2019

As always, a great experience.

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Perfect for a catch up and some good food with ex-work colleagues. Our table was by the window in a quieter area of the pub so there wasn't too much noise. Service couldn't have been better and we all enjoyed the food.

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Visited On Monday, 19 August 2019

The food was lovely and our server was quick and friendly!

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Visited On Sunday, 18 August 2019

We were a party of seven and it was perfect for what we needed after going to Breakout.

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Visited On Thursday, 15 August 2019

Yet another great experience.

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Visited On Thursday, 15 August 2019

Yet another great experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 August 2019

Great bottleless brunch for 12 people, no complaints at all!

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