The Bay Horse

4.8
1019 reviews
£26 to £40
Gastro Pub
A charming 15th century coaching inn, The Bay Horse in Hurworth has been beautifully refurbished bringing with it some wonderful modern décor whilst managing to retain it’s characteristic charm. Greeted upon entry with a roaring open fire and a friendly team behind the bar, you’ll feel welcomed immediately. An eclectic drinks choice offers everything from local ales in traditional dimpled pint pots through to classic cocktails, with a varied wine list to match any palate. Menus change seasonally and are comprised mostly of classic dishes given a modern twist. With the kitchen continuously experimenting with new flavours & cooking methods, it is easy to see why it has been one of the regions most celebrated venues in the last decade. Dining is split over two floors with the same delicious menus and attentive service throughout. The Bay Horse has achieved many awards and has been included in the Michelin guide since 2008.
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
County Durham
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not as good as I remembered it. It’s been four years since we ate here and then I was blown away with the mouthwatering flavours and food creativity. Sadly, it was lacking this time on all fronts.

Although service was polite and keen we were constantly interrupted. There was little atmosphere in the area we were seated which was near the bar.

I felt the meal was very overpriced for what it was.

GM
GayleM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food,atmosphere really enjoyed and would highly recommend

LH
LynneH
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful Sunday lunch. Good was delicious. I would highly recommend eating here.

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jimmys
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect for our Sunday lunch, the ambience, excellent food and menu and very courteous staff.
We will definitely be visiting again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food

AJ
AndyJCC
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Perfect service, food was fabulous, although I do think that there were some embellishments on the dishes that were a touch too far, but this is just personal to me.

Credit to the staff who all more masks, the place was clean and the tables were sanitised after each guest.

A lovely first meal out after not going out for dinner for 18 months.

CV
ClaireV
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service was without fault. Will definitely be returning.

CR
ClareR
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner last Wednesday night with my husband and the food was gorgeous.

GH
GuyH
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely summer evening sat in the well maintained garden area. Very hospitable staff and superb food (not pub grub at all) - even the warm bread at the beginning was to die for. Couldn't manage a dessert, but wish we could have as there is a tasting plate of every other dessert on the menu. Sounds bliss.

Loads of space with lovely layout inside and out.

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normaw
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good selection and nicely presented. Could have done with air conditioning or at least a fan to make it more confortable

PS
PaulS
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are very professional and the service impeccable. The quality and presentation of the food was excellent and the flavours of each dish were sublime.

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indiana
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place...as soon as you walk in staff very friendly, all ready had our details for the track and trace, through my booking. great atmosphere, all staff very knowledgeable about food and drinks.
Food top quality well done chef.

JR
JudithR
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Another excellent meal at The Bay Horse.
Unfortunately we had to remind the waitresses a couple of times about things we had asked for.
We will return soon, we think it is the best restaurant in our area.

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TimH
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent 3 course meal. Portion sizes were just right. We chose a table outside on what was the warmest evening so far this year. Well done to the Bay Horse crew. We will eat there again

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OpenTable Diner
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, high quality but small positions. Very focused on style and presentation. Only one option on the menu if you’re a non-meat eater. No strictly vegetarian options and all but one fish main had meat included (!). Having said that - food tasted lovely and all ingredients very fresh. Great for a special occasion but suggest you don’t go if you’re hungry. Overall 4/5 - thanks for a good night!

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OpenTable Diner
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most beautiful meal we’ve had in a long time, well worth waiting for. Eaten out quite a bit since places opened up, no where has anything on the bayhorse, absolutely nothing to complain about. Thankyou

CM
CarmelM
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my birthday lunch with 4 of my friends - the setting is lovely: the staff were very professional and friendly, willing to go the extra mile for us rearranging our table and sunshade so we were all comfortable. Everyone was delighted with their meals; excellent menu and wine card.

JT
JoanneT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic way to spend my birthday, everything was perfect. Food & service exceptional

IC
IanC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, good flavour and nice location

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Catherine
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an absolute treat. Whilst it’s perhaps not the place to come if you want to fill up on a huge plate of carbs, we loved the presentation, the choice - and I think it’s fantastic to have the option of the slighter cheaper market menu so you can enjoy a meal with a range of people without worrying it’s totally outside some people’s budget. The staff were fab & the atmosphere v chilled but it felt special. Absolutely love it here.

CB
CaroleB
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent and delicious lunch plenty of choice on the menu and welcoming friendly service. We will definitely look forward to going back
Many thanks

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

impeccable food - it is award winning - award deserving!

MD
MartinD
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most amazing evening, everything was of the highest standard. Could not fault it. Will be back a.s.a.p.

DM
DavidM
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Bay Horse seems as good as pre-COVID for food quality. As with many restaurants staff are often missing with isolation but the remaining staff were super. Market menu always good value Monday to Thursday-great mackerel and soufflé starters and a lovely duck main. Garden is a lovely place to eat but kitchen extraction can be intrusive in some tables.

LH
LauraH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always. Really lovely ladies & a guy served us last night and they we're equally as hospitable and great.

DH
DeniseH
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, wine, service & decor. Super evening, will definitely recommend it.

BD
BertD
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very good but too much of mixture on main of Stone Bass

DB
DennyB
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Good menu , excellent food , good service ,relaxing atmosphere.

DL
vipDavidL
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a great meal in a great settings with friendly staff

DH
DenH
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We all opted for the roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. The beef had too much fat and sinew for my liking, and once separated from the meat, it looked rather paltry.

JM
JennyM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just lovely, as it has been on the three occasions I’ve visited this year! Nice little touches - homemade bread and whipped up creamy butter, petit fours with coffee, salt and pepper in a wooden tray. And the food is beautiful of course. Young and friendly staff provided prompt but unobtrusive service. Thoroughly recommend!

IS
IanS
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall a good meal, starters slightly underwhelmed but means were very good.

CP
CatherineP
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent all round dining experience. Staff were attentive but not intrusive. The food was some of the best we’ve ever had. Excellent range of dishes.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always and great service! Love this place.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing night with excellent food. Cannot wait to go back 😍

JB
JenBobs
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous food and excellent service. Can highly recommend the daub of beef and the rice pudding is to die for…

LS
LeeS
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! It’s no wonder people keep coming back, high standards are never dropped.

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christineb
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat out in the garden which was pretty and peaceful. The sunshine made it even nicer. The food was amazing and the staff were friendly and professional.

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Lexus
London
18 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent menu and value for money. It is a regular for us
consistently very good, thats why it is regular for us

M
Mike
London
20 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous right from the minute we arrived
Food, wine service all spot on. Loved it

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The Bay Horse is rated 4.8 stars by 1019 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.