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, 09 November 2019

We had bottomless brunch at the Bay Tavern. We orders full English breakfast which was delicious, the drink kept flowing. Our waitress was lovely, she really looked after us. Will definitely visit again.

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Visited On Friday, 08 November 2019

Very good service, great food and nice atmosphere, what more do you want in a pub!!

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Visited On Thursday, 07 November 2019

The staff are great, very friendly. As always, the food was amazing.

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Visited On Monday, 04 November 2019

Always love coming to the Bay Horse. Great food and lovely atmosphere!

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Visited On Monday, 04 November 2019

Really enjoyed our visit. My cheese fondue and pork bites and my steak pie were both a little bit overcooked. But, it was great value for money and the service was superb!!!

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Visited On Monday, 28 October 2019

Great Monday night meal.

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Visited On Thursday, 31 October 2019

Usual great experience!

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Visited On Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Great Pub!

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Visited On Saturday, 26 October 2019

Very impressed with the food, service and the fact that because it is a pub, the atmosphere was great.

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Visited On Thursday, 24 October 2019

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

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Visited On Sunday, 20 October 2019

Great Sunday lunch

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Visited On Saturday, 12 October 2019

Awesome

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Visited On Thursday, 10 October 2019

Love this venue.

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Visited On Sunday, 06 October 2019

Music was just a little too loud for 5pm on a Sunday

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Visited On Sunday, 06 October 2019

Lovely Sunday lunch

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Visited On Saturday, 05 October 2019

11 of us booked in for Bottomless Brunch. We had a great time. The food was gorgeous and the drinks were lovely. It was table service so no trips needed to the bar. With The Bottomless brunch, you get to pick a breakfast meal, most of us went for the Full English. The food was of excellent quality. The beans came in a separate little pan. There was a list of drinks included with the brunch. This included Prosecco, wine, mimosa, Irish coffee, beer and soft drinks. It was excellent value for money. You get to keep your table for 2 hours. We were asked frequently if we wanted more drinks. The place was full with a great atmosphere. I definitely recommend everyone tries this place. I will be going back.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 October 2019

Attentive waitresses and lovely food

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Visited On Friday, 04 October 2019

Perfect..good location..

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Visited On Thursday, 03 October 2019

All good!

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Visited On Thursday, 03 October 2019

As always, everything about this place is great!

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Visited On Saturday, 28 September 2019

Generous with the drinks but did disappear 15 minutes before the end of our Bottomless brunch time slot and at times could not keep up with demand (large group). Also ran out of Irish coffees. They made 2 large tables for us and one tiny one, three equal size would have been preferred. Staff friendly, food was good and came out promptly. Great wide selection of drinks on offer, would come back again.

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Visited On Sunday, 29 September 2019

Great food lovely staff definitely go back again

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Visited On Friday, 27 September 2019

Held a reunion for former colleagues. Great central venue. Friendly staff who were keen to make sure everything went OK! Thanks

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Visited On Thursday, 26 September 2019

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

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Visited On Friday, 20 September 2019

Really good service on a busy Friday evening

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