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, 22 February 2020

2nd time here for a bottomless brunch. Food & service are fantastic.....we even had one guest an hour late & they were really accommodating with allowing us to start late. Fred was a fab waiter. Great day

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Visited On Saturday, 22 February 2020

great staff, great venue and very accommodating. will definitely be back.

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Visited On Sunday, 23 February 2020

Lovely Sunday brunch. Good food and service

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Visited On Thursday, 20 February 2020

Delicious pie and triple cooked chips. Great service.

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Service was friendly & fast

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Visited On Monday, 17 February 2020

We play darts every dinner and sometimes come in if an evening and it’s always brilliant. Point to note; unlike other places in the area they don’t skimp on the portions when it’s 50% off on a Monday. Recommended to a friend with a party of 14 last week.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 February 2020

Excellent Sunday lunch. Been twice now and really enjoyed both times. Would recommend

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Visited On Sunday, 16 February 2020

Great pub for Sunday Brunch. Friendly attentive service.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 February 2020

As usual, the food was great. Perfect service as always.

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Visited On Monday, 10 February 2020

Excellent food value and service cannot recommend enough

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Visited On Saturday, 08 February 2020

What a fantastic bottomless brunch . Staff were so welcoming, friendly and helpful. Food was amazing, and then atmosphere was buzzing. I would definitely come back .

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 February 2020

Friendly staff, smooth booking, great quiz

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Visited On Saturday, 01 February 2020

Excellent food and service

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Visited On Friday, 31 January 2020

Really easy to book the snug room. Great access to the bar and really nice staff!

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Visited On Friday, 31 January 2020

Food was great. Waitress was very nice. 50% off so outstanding value. There was a large group of people playing darts downstairs in the dining area who were ridiculously loud to a point it spoilt the meal. They were warned a few times but in my opinion they should have been asked to go back upstairs.

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Visited On Thursday, 30 January 2020

First visit, very tasty food, prompt service excellent value for money. Had a really good atmosphere. Will definitely return.

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Visited On Thursday, 30 January 2020

As always, a great experience,

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Visited On Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Attentive service and amazing Chicken. Negronis are good too 👌🏻

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Visited On Tuesday, 28 January 2020

First visit and great venue, staff, food and choice of beers will definitely be visiting again

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Visited On Saturday, 25 January 2020

Hi Having been before and delighted I was somewhat disappointed this time. The food was lovely and initially the girls waiting on was pleasant, however I will say the girl with dark hair and glasses looked very unhappy in her job. Jaydene ( I think this was her name) initially made a goid effort. However when it came to paying and I was stung with 35% service charge, which I didn't know about and is higher than Miami prices, we then had to try and sort out additional unplanned payments. Jaydene showed her irritation in the delay when I apologised for the delay I was told 'well I have got other things to do" absolutely appalling. Sorry needless to say we won't be returning.

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Visited On Saturday, 25 January 2020

Lovely food and good service from friendly (busy) staff. Marked down for atmosphere because we were upstairs when we would have preferred to be downstairs. Our table was very near the bar and so lots of people constantly passing by and very noisy which disturbed us - not a great location for a relaxing meal with friends. As I said though really great food - the menu and varied choices available set the BHT apart from other places and means that sometimes it's the only place we want to go to.

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Visited On Thursday, 23 January 2020

Great food, great wine, great staff!

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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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