The Bay Horse

4.8
1128 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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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Consistent quality with this and several other visits

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great usual menu - also very good deals on prix fixe lunch.

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DouglasG
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Professional service with a good friendly atmosphere. Good menu with great food

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JacquelineT
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classy, elegant atmosphere, perfect for special occasions. The Whitby crab starter is to die for. The mains - we had the partridge and pressed pork belly - were also beautifully presented and a perfect blend of complex flavours. The desserts, chocolate tart and sticky toffee pudding, gave our evening a sweet ending. The drinks deserve a mention, too, as we enjoyed the exquisite Australian Shiraz and raspberry and rhubarb gin and tonic. Lovely overall!

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JaneH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Our second visit to the Bay Horse and sadly disappointed after the great experience we had last time. Service was sloppy and slow and food average- chewy beef and stodgy veggie option. Perhaps they were having an off night.

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MutHB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food , excellent service. Staff attentive.

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TanyaH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fab food and wine! Difficult choice choosing courses

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MalcolmT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food very good. Service a little slow but did not matter too much when eating with friends.

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ConnieO
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Limited choice on fixed price menu but food excellent and terrific value as ever

JD
JohnD
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect place to eat for a wonderful social evening

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CraigB
County Durham
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an absolutely wonderful dining experience at The Bay Horse The staff were completely attentive, very helpful and couldn’t do enough for us. Two of our party required gluten free dining and they received a unique menu with all suitable dishes in one place, much easier than dealing with allergen charts and the like! All in all a fantastic experience, enjoyed by each of us. Will definitely return!

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vipsem2uk
14 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch from the set menu. Tasted amazing and the staff were great!

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Camilla
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drink in a lovely location. Be back again.

CT
ChrisT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleased- new decor very well done - nice ambiance

JP
JuliaP
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Very pleasant, brilliant decor and facilities. Very slow service however, long gaps waiting and some things forgotten .
Excellent food

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ScottA
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality…….need I say more.
Staff are wonderful, quality of the ingredients, cooking and presentation are outstanding.
It’s difficult times, support these people that are passionate and proud in what they achieve.
We’ll be back

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elaineb
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Enjoyable early meal food cooked perfectly service very good. Would definitely come again!

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CarolineM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We opted to eat in the walled garden for our lunch as we enjoy the atmosphere with tables being well spaced and covered with parasols and a couple of summerhouses are available. The food was beautifully presented as were the drinks. The selection on the vegetarian menu is imaginative and offers a pleasing range of dishes. This is definitely a notch above many places whilst still retaining a lovely ambience. All the staff were welcoming, well informed and attentive without being intrusive. There were a number of people in the walled garden but everything still felt personal. We have already made a repeat booking which really says it all.

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DavidS
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Quiet comfortable ideal for a special occasion or splurge.

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Christina
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful find, gorgeous atmosphere and fabulous food, expertly served, couldn't fault the place

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IsaacS
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding food with an even better. The ambience made the night. Responsibly priced meals for the quality and taste of the dishes, I expected to pay a lot more for a Michelin star restaurant like the Bay Horse. Brilliant service with kind and thoughtful staff, offered both of us blankets to stay warm in the outdoor garden area as the night went on. All round excellent experience. Will definitely be visiting again

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AndreaL
County Durham
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food

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CarolineD
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service. The dessert tasting plate is highly recommended!! We chose to go for a special birthday and we agreed that it was the best dining experience we’ve had the pleasure to enjoy in a long time.

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AndreaT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a mix up with our order so our Sunday lunch was free of charge, amazing😊

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HELENW
County Durham
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food, beautifully presented served by great staff. 10 out of 10.

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PaulG
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing good as always !
Great service and very efficient staff

CB
ChristineB
County Durham
5 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always. Can't wait to go back again!

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MikaE
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the atmosphere and decor to the food and service, everything was outstanding. The team made a special effort for my partner’s birthday. We highly recommend celebrating a special occasion at The Bay Horse.

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JamesG
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quality food, excellent service in nice surroundings!

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Sparkling18
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a great evening with super food - I will be back

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JamesC
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal at the Bay Horse. Staff are so friendly and knowledgeable and approachable and the food was fantastic. Verging on gourmet dining! Thoroughly recommend!

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Matthew
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal at the bay horse, atmosphere great and food delicious

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alexandra
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and beautifully served, Everything first class!.

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GrahamS
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff a warm welcome and very attentive. Quality of food very good and very well presented and just the right time between courses.

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SusanN
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience. We picked up a recommendation for this restaurant from Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels who we'd booked a local hotel through. Booked at last minute and were incredibly lucky to get a table. It's one of the best places we've eaten without a doubt. The whole experience was fantastic from the service (great staff!!), the location, the ambience and of course the food.

On the night we went there was a power cut affecting some of the village and part of the restaurant was without power (luckily not the kitchen). The staff were outstanding at making us feel welcome while under the stress of trying to find temporary solutions. Although we live about 100 miles away we would make a try back to this area just to eat here again.

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AlexN
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!
Spectacular food the care and thought in preparation is so evident had a lovely evening a big THANK YOU!
Delicious

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LizB
Isles of Scilly
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Came for dinner, lovely atmosphere and friendly staff, food great apart from the chips which didn’t taste freshly cooked. Quite pricey so for us would be a place to come for special occasions

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vipKATER
Newcastle
9 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, excellent food and wine choice, great atmosphere with everyone enjoying themselves, looking forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We last ate at The Bay Horse in Dec 2019 when the food and knowledgable service was outstanding, the food particularly memorable. Yesterday we returned as a family and the experience was not of the same standard. We had eaten at the Devonport two days prior where we loved the food and it appeared of the same high quality as it had always been, so the change in food quality at the Bay Horse stood out. We sat down and the waitress, though pleasant, announced out loud that she had a ‘menu for a person with MS’ which is the first time we have had our family members disability announced (we asked for a non-dairy option as she has MS and it is usually referred to as that in restaurants - the person with MS was embarrassed)

We had scallops which the person had to leave as they didn’t smell or taste the freshest; two people didn’t have starters and we ordered some more bread for them whilst we ate our starter but the bread arrived as we finished the starters. We had two beef fillet steaks cooked medium rare and medium well and both smaller and not to the standard of the Devonport; the chips were not hot and seemed like they had been waiting around; the chicken main meal was missing when the food arrived, there was a mix-up in the ordering of a bottle of Riesling which meant we got the wrong bottle of wine and didn’t realise until the bill. We left before dessert and coffee because we had been seated next to a table who were so loud we couldn’t chat amongst ourselves even though there were several tables that were empty in the other room. We enjoyed the vegetables - spinach and new potatoes in particular and liked the fish and lamb main meal but overall, the food was nowhere near the standard as before and the experience was not the exceptional one we had returned for, it was an expensive lesson.

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KarenC
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our 34th wedding anniversary and our sons called to pay for a bottle of champagne so the staff placed us in a fantastic table and where very attentive. The food as always was fab. The last time we where there the triple cooked chips where not good so we did point this out so the chips we had for this meal where so good. It's our favourite place to go definitely our fav place to go

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The Bay Horse is rated 4.8 stars by 1128 OpenTable diners.

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