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 Sunday, 20 September 2020

Absolutely lovely everytime. Banging Sunday dinner. We will be back for sure.

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Visited On Sunday, 20 September 2020

Food was unreal. The best roast I’ve had in Manchester!

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Visited On Sunday, 20 September 2020

Great roast dinner and excellent service

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Visited On Sunday, 20 September 2020

Really liked the food but thought it was pretty cheeky that the table was booked until 2.25pm but a sign on our table said we needed to be gone by1.45pm. Felt rushed to leave which was rubbish.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 September 2020

Great time with you

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Visited On Saturday, 19 September 2020

Lovely atmosphere,and lovely food ,and really friendly staff everything was perfect .

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Visited On Friday, 18 September 2020

Great pub, lovely staff, delicious pies!

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Visited On Thursday, 17 September 2020

As always, a great experience, with great service, great food and great wine.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 September 2020

All the staff were wonderful! Made us feel super comfortable and welcome! The pub quiz was a great laugh for me and my family only recommendation is a prize for the losing team ie us and also on the picture round don’t choose celebrity guests to appear on friends, considering we lost, too easy man, step it up! Will definitely be returning. Thank you so much.

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Visited On Sunday, 13 September 2020

Wonderful service, food was amazing

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Visited On Sunday, 13 September 2020

Lovely place to spend a Sunday afternoon - great food, lovely place both inside and al fresco, plenty of coronavirus precautions and friendly staff. Definitely coming back!

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Visited On Thursday, 10 September 2020

The food is all really lovely, good portion sizes! The staff are friendly and helpful too :)

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Visited On Thursday, 10 September 2020

As always, great food, great wine and great service. The manager should be commended for the way he runs the establishment, it’s very obvious that he wouldn’t expect his staff to do anything that he wouldn’t do himself. The Bay Horse is a must visit if you want to feel welcome and enjoy good food and drink.

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Visited On Monday, 07 September 2020

Great food as always.

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Visited On Sunday, 06 September 2020

We were seated downstairs which was fine I felt they’d kind of forgotten about it in terms of decorating it seemed kind of dark and could of done with some art or something

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Visited On Sunday, 06 September 2020

Great Food

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Visited On Saturday, 05 September 2020

It wasnt a great experience. As we had a baby with us they wanted us to sit down stairs as upstairs"gets very busy", despite it not being busy at all. The lager was vile, it came in a plastic pint glass and was flat.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 September 2020

We had a lovely meal here for my partners birthday. The atmosphere was cosy yet buzzing and the food was excellent. We would definitely come back again.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 September 2020

Great service and food, got water for the dog as soon as we arrived without us asking. Got the table I wanted at front reserved for us. Food was delish, staff super friendly. 5 stars all the way!

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Visited On Friday, 04 September 2020

Welcoming, attentive, friendly pub. Who even when I spilt my drink as soon as I got it replaced it for me 🤦🏽‍♀️. Will definitely be back. ❤️

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Visited On Thursday, 03 September 2020

Great experience as always.

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Visited On Monday, 31 August 2020

Food was absolutely gorgeous. Loved the chicken and bacon pie and atmosphere was relaxed but not dead.

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Visited On Monday, 31 August 2020

Really nice experience in the circumstances. Roast was epic and great value but drinks a little pricey.

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Visited On Sunday, 30 August 2020

Excellent food,attentive service and lovely setting

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Visited On Saturday, 29 August 2020

Handy spot in the northern quarter. Good service and atmosphere

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