The Bay Horse

4.8
940 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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HelenMc
London
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect celebratory evening with dear friends and the reception, service, food and ambience were just right
for us.

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SharonS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food and prompt, friendly service. Its a lovely place to go for a treat as quite pricey.

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Harvey
Jersey
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, professional and friendly service.
Cant wait to go back

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KiranG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place, food quality and presentation outstanding.

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JaneH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm greeting and excellent food. Lovely staff. Would definitely recommend a visit.

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KathrynB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, lovely staff. Will hopefully be back again soon.

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RosalindeB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding,the service first class and friendly,and the atmosphere was delightful. For a really special evening it can’t be bettered!

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Yumyum
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good food but pricey and small portions. Service excellent 👌

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RogerB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Too busy to add comment, hence no feedback . It is an importance to ask for at least 50 characters

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MikeyBinEaglescliffe
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food as usual. We had the prix fixe lunch which is incredible value at £21 for 3 courses (just 2 options per course, changed daily) - though the wine prices are eye-watering. The home-baked mini loaves with whipped butter, provided to nibble while you wait, are always exceptionally tasty and really interesting flavours.
Service was (unusually) disappointing on this visit. We asked our young waiter for extra bread to go with the pork rillette starter, which bizarrely had a tiny crisp with it but no toast or bread - but we gave up waiting and tucked in - it turned up when we had finished. And there was a a mix-up with our mains so we had to wait for them to be re-cooked. Very unusual for The Bay Horse.

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Scott
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as was the service, lovely place to celebrate our anniversary.

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Maximus
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice indeed

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Leonis
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice vegan menu, although limited, but the food was delicious.

Definitely worth a visit to try the vegan menu if you want something other than a lentil curry.

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IanS
County Durham
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 lovely courses with wine to help celebrate a wedding anniversary. Great service by the front-of-house team all done with a sense of humour. Excellent and we'll be back very soon!

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PatS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the Prix Fixe lunch menu which was good value. The food was fabulous and beautifully presented. We ate outdoors and setting was super. Only tiny criticism was that if you weren't an avid meat eater, the only option was Salmon as both a starter and a main but they were so differently prepared it was not an issue. All round excellent lunch.

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MelissaM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was first class.
Dessert was such a treat.

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CharlRobs
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous Sunday lunch and great value for money, with 3 courses for £30. The portions were a really good, size (particular the mains). The service was excellent and all staff were really welcoming.

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VickyD
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Could not be improved. High quality, but unpretentious

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Simjoss
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyable Sunday lunch as ever. The breads are a great beginning and starters went down well. The roast beef was spot on and accompanying vegetables went down well. Everything served piping hot on hot plates not something one can always expect. As usual the service was spot on. Thoroughly recommended.

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FelicityH
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Very enjoyable evening

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Tara
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service. Will definitely be back and highly recommend

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RichardE
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent and value for money on the 2 or 3 course special menu..

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MartinD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our place to go for special occasions as it is very much a treat with the quality of the food and service. Love It.

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AnnaS
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & fantastic service we can't wait to return 😀

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RayF
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really nice food good service, above average small portions means you can fit in 4 courses

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KeithG
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and a great outdoor dining experience in one of the wooden pods in the garden. Our friends from down south were impressed that such places exist in the wilds of the Tees Valley

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Bruno
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Prix Fixe lunch menu which was delicious.

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JeremyP
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always. Lovely atmosphere. Great friendly staff. Some meals can be a bit pricey but you do get what you pay for, ie, top quality food. Definitely recommend 👍

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BrendaB
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent. Waiters were very helpful and cheerful which made experience of dinning very welcoming and enjoyable

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ChristineO
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience, food amazing. Will definitely be back

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BrianH
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always top class for food service and ambience. Thank you

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ChrisS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always, my fav place to eat out!

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Phil
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice place and nice service but the food is expensive and whilst looking amazing the main dish I had (sticky beef) was just a cacophony of fatty richness with nothing to cut through it. Also the ploughman's was served on a ridiculously shaped wooden board for some reason which made it impossible to eat without spilling everywhere. Style over substance. Sounds overly harsh though and maybe nitpicking. in general we enjoyed the experience.

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DanielT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was lovely and excellent service as always.

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IainM
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

After being seated, within 2 minutes, we were asked by 3 different members of staff if we were ready to order our food. A little over zealous to start.
A great choice on the menu, a little difficult to choose.
Scallops to start. £15.00 for 2 scallops!! Perfectly cooked, but I should say over priced.
Duck confit for main. It was very good but not as meltingly tender as I would have hoped.
The setting was lovely and intimate in the dining garden, however they seemed to forget about us and it took some time before I could catch their attention to request the bill. Having received the bill, nobody came back to take payment leaving me to go to the bar.
10% gratuity is already added to the bill instead of leaving it to the customer to decide. Not a fair policy in my opinion.
Overall 3 stars out of 5.

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DavidR
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food has gone up a level! Less fussy and more confident to let quality of cooking, menu and flavours come through.
Always good and now excellent.
Service friendly and really well organised around covid space
Restrictions albeit wrong courses came out twice but both times were simply table mix ups and nothing was cold or delayed at all. Really strong, good wine list and will be back very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious🤙🏻😍

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AlisonK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and service as always. The ambience was spoilt a little as family with 2 children allowed them to run round restaurant which was noisy and not the best as everything else was covid secure and perfect. We will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Fantastic Sunday lunch. Highly recommended

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RobS
London
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding and the service excellent - could not fault the experience in any way.

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The Bay Horse is rated 4.8 stars by 940 OpenTable diners.

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