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.

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  • 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, 13 July 2019

Absolutely fabulous- booked for 19 on bottomless brunch for my sisters hen party ...............................amazing service from start to finish

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Visited On Friday, 12 July 2019

The staff are amazing, you can’t beat the service that they provide. The food is great as is the wine.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

It was quite busy when we visited on Saturday afternoon with quite a large party in. Despite this staff coped excellently with little or no disruption to our service - excellent. Good is basic pub grub but can't be faulted for quality or value for money. Atmosphere is good but due to my hearing problem the lack of soft furnishings means there is a lot of reverberation that made hearing some of our conversations a little difficult for me..... but this applies to many similarly decorated venues.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

I came here for 2 hours of bottomless brunch for my hen do. I honestly couldn’t recommend more it was brilliant well worth the money, the service was fantastic have zero complaints. The staff were amazing especially Olivia she went above and beyond as did everyone else (just didn’t manage to grab their names). Everyone was so accommodating and professional and the food was fab! Couldn’t of picked a better place to start my hen do really couldn’t fault anything so thanks to all the staff!!

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Visited On Thursday, 04 July 2019

As always, the staff were great, and the food and wine were amazing.

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Visited On Tuesday, 02 July 2019

Quiz was great, staff are nice, expensive drinks though

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Visited On Sunday, 30 June 2019

Bottomless brunch menu states “Selected bottled beers” however only one type of lager in a can was available, 3 people in our booking were not keen on the lager - so had to substitute with other drinks. Despite this, those on mimosas and Prosecco were a fan, brunch food menu was lovely too, as well as the service.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 June 2019

Having paid a deposit to reserve a table on Saturday 29th June, I am a little upset to find my deposit was not deducted from the bill and only realised this once I returned home I have also left a voice message & had no response please would you kindly arrange an immediate refund thank you Joy

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Visited On Thursday, 27 June 2019

Great service and food and wine as always.

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Visited On Thursday, 27 June 2019

Great service and food and wine as always.

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Visited the Bay Horse ahead of the Eagles concert, in part chose it to avoid the crowds around the Triangle and Printworks. Both my wife and I thought the food was great, traditional pub fare but couldn't fault it. Pleasant atmosphere, pleasant, friendly efficient staff and excellent value for money. Will visit again..

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 June 2019

A really friendly, welcoming pub, excellent choice of beers and wines. The food was excellent value for money and is good pub food

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Visited On Saturday, 22 June 2019

Thank you so much for looking after our party of 24 people this weekend. The service was so smooth and all of the staff were lovely and attentive. Constantly topping up our drinks and the food was beautiful Cannot recommend the bottomless brunch here enough! Excellent value for money.

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Visited On Sunday, 23 June 2019

Great food, great atmosphere and great staff!!

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Visited On Thursday, 20 June 2019

As always, great service, great food, and great wine.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 June 2019

Great service and nice environment. The food is very filling and delicous

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Visited On Sunday, 16 June 2019

Sunday Roast was so nice! Great service & atmosphere too :-)

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

We were a group of 8 having bottomless brunch (plus an extra person ordering from the main menu) so we’re asked for a menu pre-order. This was sent to you the day before (as requested) however on the day only 4 out of the 8 meals came out correctly, some had items missing from them, such as bacon, when not one order had asked for no bacon. One gluten free diet wasn’t catered for and instead you put 4 hash browns on the plate which are not gluten free, but left off the tomatoes and mushrooms which we had to ask for. The last meal came out around 5 minutes or so after everyone else’s so everyone had already started eating, however this was again wrong and had items on that hadn’t been asked for, and the wrong type of eggs. This is not acceptable to get orders wrong when a pre-order had been provided to you! Also, last time we visited we were told when it was our last round of drinks due to our time slot being up, this did not happen on this visit, so we weren’t aware when the last round was, when we asked for more drinks a waitress spoke to me and said that we should have been told that we had come to our last round, however we weren’t. It was such a shame that these things happened and ruined the experience, as when we have been to you before it has been great and really enjoyable.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 June 2019

As always, a great experience.

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Visited On Sunday, 09 June 2019

Food and service were excellent, staff very attentive, atmosphere very good.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 June 2019

Really enjoyed our regular weekly visit and was pleased to get our reserved table. As usual, we had great food, great service and great wine.

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Visited On Thursday, 30 May 2019

As always, a great experience.

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Visited On Sunday, 26 May 2019

Great food great service

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Visited On Thursday, 23 May 2019

I’m pleased to say after last weeks disappointing experience the customer service is back to being excellent. Great visit.

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Visited On Monday, 20 May 2019

It was a little noisy as we were seated on the ground floor near the bar. The waiter was really good and the food was definitely above average. It was a Monday so we got 50% off food and we also had a deal on the wine so it was excellent value for money.

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