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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
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 Friday, 16 February 2018

Food great, service lovely, brill value for money, only thing was Friday drinking crowd downstairs so would prob not dine here again on a Friday after work

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Visited On Thursday, 15 February 2018

Great venue for our event.

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Visited On Sunday, 11 February 2018

Our waitress was lovely, food was tasty and even better because it was half price!

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Visited On Sunday, 11 February 2018

Excellent food and service. Nice to find a bit of calm in the Northern Quarter.

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Visited On Friday, 09 February 2018

Quality food, excellent service and a great atmosphere that cannot be faulted. The rib eye steak was amazing!!! We will definitely be returning and would highly recommend. Its the perfect place for both groups of friends or couples. Go visit, you will not be disappointed 😀

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Visited On Thursday, 01 February 2018

Splendid

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Visited On Friday, 26 January 2018

I've been to the bay horse a few times now with its new look and menu. I'm never ever disappointed. I was out with family and they all really enjoyed it. The waiters and waitresses are lovely, the bar staff can't help you enough recommending wines and cocktails and the food was really really tasty too! Will a million percent be back. Thank you all!! Xx

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Visited On Sunday, 28 January 2018

Amazing beef sandwich and a superb wine list all by the glass!!!

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Visited On Sunday, 28 January 2018

Food and staff are superb and the Sunday dinner was to die for would definitely eat there again

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Visited On Saturday, 27 January 2018

Great food, reasonable portions, terrific service from the staff and such a lovely restaurant setting. So pleased we discovered this gem of a bar, then opted to try the food :-)

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Visited On Friday, 26 January 2018

First time to the Bay Horse and took advantage of January food offer. Sat downstairs at bar overlooking the open kitchen. The chefs were friendly and it was a great experience. Good food and great service.

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Visited On Friday, 26 January 2018

We had a fantastic time, Food and service were amazing we'll be back very soon

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Visited On Friday, 26 January 2018

Love the way this old favourite has been renovated.

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Visited On Friday, 26 January 2018

Remarkably friendly service

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Visited On Tuesday, 23 January 2018

some dishes/beer went missing between order and delivery but everything was handled with good grace and we quickly found alternatives. luckily, the food itself was somewhere between vg and excellent, the service remained v friendly (incl in the kitchen, as i was sat at the counter) and the price of the substitute dishes was knocked off the bill - result!

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Visited On Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Really friendly staff, great, really tasty food, had a 50% off deal but would have been great value at full price, definitely going back, definitely recommend Was seated at the pass, really interesting to see everything being prepared, chefs were very friendly

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Visited On Monday, 22 January 2018

Our waitress was brilliant. We were celebrating a birthday and he wanted steak and ale pie. It wasn’t available. However she went away and cane back advising they did indeed have some now!! We were thrilled!! Didn’t get her name but she was Australian! Fab thanks!

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Visited On Friday, 19 January 2018

We had a really nice night, food was great and same for the service. waitress with the glass Lydia was the name on the receipt was really good and informative. We'll be back soon

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Visited On Friday, 19 January 2018

The most we-flavoured beef i’ve Had in a long time. Service impeccable.

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Visited On Friday, 19 January 2018

My boyfriend and I went on Friday night for a light bite after work, we were really impressed with the food and will definitely be going back.

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Visited On Friday, 19 January 2018

Food off the main menu was poor quality. If you're going here to eat, pick small plates only; we had these as starters and they were good. It scores ok on value for money as we had 50% off food. At full price it would have been 1 star. Service was ok but food took over an hour to arrive which is unacceptable considering quality of food. Would return for a drink. Nice pub, nice atmosphere, nice beer.

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Visited On Friday, 19 January 2018

It’s the first time I have been here and the staff were super. They gave me a better table without me asking and were on hand to get us drinks when we were empty! The food was also very tasty and with the 50% off deal it made my week. I will definitely be telling my friends about it!!!! Thanks for a lovely evening 😌

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Visited On Friday, 19 January 2018

Had a lovely meal - steak, chips and gravy followed by the berry crumble and custard. Very enjoyable evening and ambience in the restaurant downstairs. First time visiting but will definitely be back.

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Visited On Thursday, 18 January 2018

Fabulous

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Visited On Thursday, 18 January 2018

Excellent dining experience

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