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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 Saturday, 23 March 2019

We went in for a bottomless brunch and cannot fault the service, food or the staff. Everybody was very friendly and the food was great, bottomless drinks were topped up very quickly. Everybody that attended commented how fantastic it was. Thankyou very much

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Visited On Friday, 22 March 2019

More choice of ales pls

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Visited On Thursday, 21 March 2019

Can’t fault this venue on food drinks and service. The manager is clearly on top of things.

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Visited On Tuesday, 19 March 2019

As usual, I rank this venue highly and the food is great. The only disappointment was that the table we had reserved had been given to someone else. However, this is the first time that this has happened.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 March 2019

had a lovely Sunday lunch here!

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Excellent food and the service was faultless. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Great example though it’s a shame that the pie deal has disappeared.

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Visited On Sunday, 10 March 2019

Excellent booking system was followed by a warm welcome, very attentive and friendly service and a great bottomless brunch experience. Great to see the tavern welcoming our canine friends as well.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 March 2019

We went for bottomless brunch and the staff were great, really friendly and always ensuring we have a drink.

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Visited On Thursday, 07 March 2019

I love this bar. The staff are great and the food and wine are amazing.

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Visited On Sunday, 03 February 2019

The service was great, great drinks and food and really liked the atmosphere. I would definitely return.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 March 2019

Celebrated my birthday here with a group of 12 and had a really nice time. The staff was lovely and the atmosphere nice. The only downside was the non existent selection of beer as advertised... when we asked what the selection of BOTTLED beer was, we were told “we only have one kind left” I asked out of curiosity what the other choices would have been and was told “to tell you the truth..... we’ve only ever have one kind” And when the beers arrived they were CANS. Just don’t falsely advertise something you have no intention of supplying.

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Visited On Friday, 01 March 2019

Will be coming back!!

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Visited On Thursday, 28 February 2019

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

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Visited On Thursday, 21 February 2019

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

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Visited On Tuesday, 19 February 2019

A great evening out at the quiz. Delicious thrice cooked fries.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

Fabulous 30th birthday bottomless brunch. Managed to cater efficiently for a large party of 14. Would definately recommend.

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Visited On Thursday, 14 February 2019

Great food and great service. If you’re into red wine try the Gov’ner

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

The venue and food was amazing. Great service. Bottomless brunch was fantastic.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

Loved this place! It was my first time visiting and I can not fault the service one bit. The food was lovely, the staff were brilliant and thoroughly enjoyed my experience! Definitely my favourite place so far for bottomless brunch, I will be visiting again!

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Visited On Thursday, 07 February 2019

Great service, great food, great atmosphere.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 February 2019

Amazing staff. Had the best time

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Visited On Thursday, 31 January 2019

It’s an amazing venue, the food is great and the staff are amazing. We’ve been coming every week for the last year.

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Visited On Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Great atmosphere and good food made better with 50% off in Jan. Good service throughout the night and pub quiz with a good level of easy and challenging questions.

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Visited On Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Enjoyed every visit here. Plus got 50% off food in January!

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