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The Bay Horse, Darlington, Durham
The Bay Horse, Darlington, Durham
The Bay Horse, Darlington, Durham
The Bay Horse, Darlington, Durham
The Bay Horse, Darlington, Durham

The Bay Horse

4.8
4.8
2190 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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, Modern European
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–22:30
  • Phone number
    01325 720663
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Marcus Bennett
  • Area
    Darlington
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,190 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Durham/County Durham

    Best Overall

  • Durham/County Durham

    Best Food

  • Durham/County Durham

    Best Service

  • Durham/County Durham

    Best Ambience

  • Durham/County Durham

    Best Value

  • Durham/County Durham

    Good for business meals

  • Durham/County Durham

    Good for business meals

  • Durham/County Durham

    Healthy

  • Durham/County Durham

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Durham/County Durham

    Great for fine wines

  • Durham/County Durham

    Romantic

  • Durham/County Durham

    Good for special occasions

  • Durham/County Durham

    Lively

  • Durham/County Durham

    Most Booked

2,190 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. Would highly recommend! We booked for a special birthday celebration and were not disappointed!

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  2. Harry12

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, lovely atmosphere and good service. We will be back.

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  3. Laila

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the service was incredible! Would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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  4. Liam

    County Durham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant food and excellent service, the best restaurant around.

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  5. JayneB

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food service and ambiance. Our first visit but it truly won t be our last !. Thoroughly recommend 👌.

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  6. SeanW

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent vegetarian menu. Unusually good range and all great taste.

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  7. VictoriaH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and gorgeous meal never disappoints

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  8. Julie

    London

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent restaurant, wonderful staff great food.

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  9. CarolineM

    Yorkshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another fantastic dining experience at The Bay Horse. The menus are extensive for both food and drinks whilst at the same time maintaining exceptional quality. We had scallops as starters which were cooked to perfection. The fillet steak exuded quality and in our experience is the best for miles around. The vegetarian option was beautifully presented and incorporated an impressive range of textures. The professionalism of the staff who served us was outstanding, they were knowledgeable, helpful, efficient and the attention to detail was spectacular. Absolutely faultless staff which really enhanced the experience.

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  10. RobertH

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a yearly meeting with friends from Kensington - we had a lovely afternoon at the Bay Horse and now looking forward to the same again next year. Huge thanks Robert Hillary - Darlington

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  11. KarenD

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every mouthful was a taste sensation. Superb! All four of us had a wonderful meal and the service was very attentive all night.

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  12. CS91

    County Durham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, served warm and very beautifully. Staff were very nice, attentive but not intrusive. The menu was varied and it was difficult to choose as everything sounded so delicious! For such high quality, delicious food the prices were very reasonable. My husband appreciated the local gin choices as well.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    What a fabulous find! Everything was lovely- good food, great wine list, excellent attention to detail!! The dessert tasting plate was a delightful and innovative way to finish the meal! Will definitely be back!!

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  14. Hellsbelly

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent for a birthday lunch as always . Perfect portion sizes .

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  15. SimonH

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food. Good value given quality. Friendly and helpful service. Would highly recommend.

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  16. LaurenW

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service Can’t fault it, will definitely return

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Newcastle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Traditional Village pub with open fire fine dining with plenty of options for all.

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  18. KurtR

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for 80th birthday meal, food and service were great Would highly recommend

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  19. LindaL

    County Durham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another excellent meal at the bay horse. Food cooked to perfection and taste outstanding. Excellent attentive staff with good knowledge of the menu. Definitely returning

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  20. GrahamH

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb atmosphere with roaring open fire very welcome on a cold wet night. Not cheap especially £4.00 extra for a pepper sauce after spending £39 on a fillet steak but a great night nonetheless.

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  21. Dave

    Yorkshire

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered the Coley fish and Sirloin roast as mains. The presentation of the Coley was along the lines of Michelin standards. while the presentation of the Sirloin was more typical Sunday roast. The vegetables were served separately and are outsanding in quality, taste and presentation. I have had many pub-served roast dinners and this is the first venue that has consistently served genuinely crispy roast potatoes. The service was effcient and friendly. The experience was a little short of perfect, however. The Sirloin was patchy in terms of quality, tender parts with more gristle than desired. While the Yorskshire puddings are massive, and of a fair quality, they could be crisper on the outside and chewy on the inside instead of chewy all the way through. The food is well above average and they charge commensurately. My biggest gripe would be that they impose a service charge that looks to be greater than 10%. They state on the bill that it is optional, but the total includes it. So, if you were paying by credit card, you would have to ask them to revise the bill before presenting your card if you were not happy. I understand why they might do this, but I still feel it is poor form. Maybe a good reason to pay by cash!

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  22. Tracie

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Sunday lunch Lovely food Tip top service

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  23. JohnP

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal served by super staff - a little on the expensive side

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  24. Jackie

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Bay horse is a lovely place. Well decorated and comfortable, with tables well separated. The food from the al la carte menu was excellent. 3 of us had the fixed menu. Starters were very nice, but the peasant main was over cooked,tough and dried out. We had to ask for steak knives to cut it. Shame, as the other main looked nice and I wish I had ordered that instead. The puddings were very good too. A most pleasant meal in all. Not cheap, along with 12.5% gratuity.

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  25. GInster69

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent wide choice on the menu. The drinks menu is also extensive and as the driver I appreciated the chance to try a non alcoholic sparkling Chardonnay. The service was friendly and prompt. We are repeat diners but we took two new friends and they thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was excellent and it was busy enough to make it feel lively but not too noisy.

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  26. Cassandra

    Newcastle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best food and service in or around Darlington. Lunch was excellent and we paid 25 pounds for 3 course set menu. Will be returning soon.

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  27. LizB

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal - just what we wanted and the service by the young team was exemplary

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  28. GeoffH

    County Durham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent cordon bleu cuisine at The Bay Horse as usual. My first choice of restaurants in my area for special occasions.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and excellent customer service - we will be returning .

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal, well priced, beautiful venue and staff very welcoming

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  31. NikkiW

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Warm and welcoming service. Informative and able to provide recommendations

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  32. JBSQ

    County Durham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb service, impeccably, delicious menu, Beautiful place, where staff go the extra mile. Thank you for a marvellous afternoon!

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  33. DouglasB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food excellent. Menu outstanding with a wide variety. I started with crab which was fantastic. Main course of belly pork also outstanding. So good that we were talking about it the next day. Service was good, friendly and helpful. Only failing was speed of getting starter onto the table; for which they apologised, without comment from us. If they had kept up to speed with drinks then that wouldn't have been an issue: felt a bit lonely. Overall, BRILLIANT and we'll be back soon. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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  34. NickyB

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have visited lots of time and introduced lots of our friends to the bay horse. We have never been let down by the food or service - I wished we lived closer so we could visit more often.

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  35. Alim

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent visit from start to finish. Incredible selection and quality of food. Well worth the price and lovely staff.

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  36. Yorkshirebornandbred

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extensive menu. All our 4 meals were of vey high quality. Excellent service.

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  37. JaniceD

    Yorkshire

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good lunch again today chosen from the prix fixe menu. Salmon main course was delicious and beautifully presented. Chocolate mousse dessert was lush. Service was spot on as usual. The only negative comment is that our table was in a cold draft so when staff went through to the kitchen we had to remind them to close the door. I’d ask to move if seated there again on a cold day.

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  38. RobertR

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service amazing. The fixed menu was absolutely outstanding value for money. It is still my favorite place to eat and I look forward to visiting again.

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  39. QuentinC

    County Durham

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, looks good on the plate and tastes even better.

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  40. StuartH

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good service, food was excellent, tasty and well presented. Food content was explained when it was served. Very attentive service, plates were cleared away and requests for next course and additional drinks were all timely. Empty plates all round shows an excellent meal enjoyed fully.

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  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

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The Bay Horse is rated 4.8 stars by 2190 OpenTable diners.

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This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Google Map for The Bay Horse

45 The Green, Hurworth, Darlington, Durham DL2 2AA

Additional information

  • Area
    Darlington
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–22:30
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, Modern European
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Marcus Bennett
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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