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 Thursday, 19 March 2020

As always, a great experience.

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Visited On Sunday, 15 March 2020

Always the place where I take any visitors to Manchester for a Sunday roast... A lovely warm atmosphere, great beer and amazing food. The perfect British pub!

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Visited On Sunday, 15 March 2020

Great service. The boozy brunch is definitely great value for money too

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Visited On Thursday, 12 March 2020

Another great lunch. Great food, great wine, and great staff.

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Visited On Monday, 09 March 2020

Fantastic food, friendly staff and very nice atmosphere

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

Loved it all

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Visited On Friday, 06 March 2020

Legends as always

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Visited On Thursday, 05 March 2020

Because we go there every week it’s difficult to find something new to say. However, I want to emphasise that every single member of staff is amazing.......they’re very friendly and very hard-working. On top of that, they give you great food and great wine.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

Our bottomelss brunch was amazing, our server was fab and really on the ball, thank you so much

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

Unfortunately were put in the pub upstairs for eating but we were apologised to and we didn’t mind! It was a very lively atmosphere Our waiter was so lovely and the food was absolutely amazing and amazing value! Can’t recommend enough.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

Fantastic service and very dog friendly. Already booked a return visit.

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Visited On Thursday, 27 February 2020

The leek and mushroom pie was delicious, especially with the triple cooked chips. Great service from the amazing staff as always.

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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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