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 Wednesday, 04 November 2020

Great staff, great food, thanks for a lovely last supper before lockdown 2.0.

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 November 2020

Excellent food, friendly service and hope to visit again very soon once the lockdown has lifted. Take care and stay safe

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Visited On Monday, 02 November 2020

Amazing as always!

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Visited On Sunday, 01 November 2020

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Visited On Sunday, 01 November 2020

The staff were lovely and the food was amazing! Will definitely be eating here again.

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Visited On Sunday, 01 November 2020

Great food and impeccable service

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Visited On Saturday, 31 October 2020

Unbelievably slow and poor service. Shame really as nice pub and good food

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Visited On Friday, 30 October 2020

I’ve been going here every week for more than three years and still love it. The food and the staff are great.

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Visited On Friday, 30 October 2020

Enjoyable and safe visit.

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Visited On Thursday, 29 October 2020

Food was great but there were mistakes when the food came out and incredibly long delays for drinks as well as food which was a shame. Mistake in missing side was quickly rectified when the staff were told about the mistake. Food was yummy. Would go back and so cheap on a Thursday deal

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Visited On Monday, 26 October 2020

Had lunch on 26/10/20. Well organised, food was nice and hot. Staff very attentive . Would definitely recommend.

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Visited On Sunday, 25 October 2020

Hearty food and cold beer in relaxing surrounding with a decent soundtrack playing in the background - what lazy Sunday afternoons are made of......

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Visited On Sunday, 25 October 2020

The amount of ‘where’s that?’ Comments from friends on F/B says it all !! Great food presented well at a great price. Really attentive service. The only reason I can’t score higher is we were downstairs before anyone else came down. Upstairs has more ‘buzz’’ because it’s near the bar. Will happily return and recommend for high value for money and just good all round !

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Visited On Saturday, 24 October 2020

lovely food and friendly helpful staff.

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Visited On Thursday, 22 October 2020

We had a lovely meal, friendly and quick service and delicious food. Thank you!

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Visited On Thursday, 22 October 2020

As always, we had a great experience. We’re delighted that because the Bay Horse provides substantial (delicious) meals, they will remain open during the Tier 3 lockdown. We met the new manager today, which was good.

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Visited On Monday, 19 October 2020

Always a friendly atmosphere good service and excellent food.

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Visited On Monday, 19 October 2020

Service was fabulous. Place felt covid safe. Food was good. Thank you!

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Visited On Sunday, 18 October 2020

Amazing Sunday lunch !!!

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Visited On Sunday, 18 October 2020

Warm welcome, great Covid controls, delicious food & attentive service. Highly recommended. The bottomless brunch was well worth doing for value. .

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Visited On Thursday, 15 October 2020

As usual, the service, food and wine were great. However, we learned that the manager was leaving in the near future. This will be the end of era as we believe that it’s his management that has made this a great venue, we’ll miss him. However, he’s moving to a new job that will challenge him, so we wish him well.

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Visited On Thursday, 15 October 2020

Lovely atmosphere staff were friendly pleasant and very helpful. Would highly recommend.

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 October 2020

omggg, we came on wednesday and the food was 😍🤤🤤 definitely come back again! staff were super friendly and helpful! amazing place obsessed with the art on the walls too

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Visited On Sunday, 11 October 2020

We where visiting from Newcastle this is 2nd time we have been for sunday roast & it was really good 👍

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Visited On Saturday, 10 October 2020

Fab food and great atmosphere.

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