The Bay Horse

4.7
1322 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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EmmaO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and excellent service. We will definitely be returning.

JC
JadeC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always, will definitely be back, thank you!

CW
ColinW
County Durham
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Sunday Lunch ever, always top quality with a good selection of vegetables to accompany the meal. Staff are friendly and helpful. If you want a special Sunday lunch then this is the place to go. Slightly more expensive but you have to pay that little bit extra for quality ingredients. Also good beer.

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Mint123
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing and the wait was not long - lovely staff.

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PaulC
London
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Sunday lunch, excellent service, extremely professional,

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TonyO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first visit to the Bay Horse and our expectations were high. We were not disappointed, the food was excellent with plenty of options-interesting flavour combinations, beautifully presented and attentive but unobtrusive service. What really stood out was the care that the staff gave to my daughter's nut allergy, every course including the bread was brought to the table with a 'this is your nut free.....'. Going somewhere for the first time she was unsure how seriously they would take her allergy, as other places have been dismissive or don't really inspire confidence that they have taken adequate precautions. Really impressed with the staff as it put my daughter's mind at rest and greatly contributed to a very fine lunch.
We will be returning soon!

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Craigo
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!! Food was incredible!!! It was recommended to us and would definitely recommend to everybody!!!

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Nelleats
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal I have had in years. Beautifully presented plates. Perfectly cooked local produce. And it was one of those rare menus where I would have been happy with any of the dishes on offer. Service was professional and friendly and the pub itself was lovely. The juxtaposition of fine dining with village inn works really well.

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ChrsL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous value for money, delicious food, well presented.
Attentive staff who respected privacy when required.

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vipChristineB
County Durham
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service as always. Superb atmosphere. Well done Marcus and the team

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DaveH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!!! Great food and great atmosphere.

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PhilipN
County Durham
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good, well presented, good flavour and service was very good. The bill was a bit hefty especially with a £25 service charge added.

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CarolS
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food,took a friend for a belated birthday and she loved it too 😊

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louisem
County Durham
5 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing. Tom (waiter) was great, good service and made to feel welcome. The setting is lovely but it was a bit cold (in the bar area without the fire). Greeting could’ve been improved from behind the bar, and out coats taken rather than having to ask. Wine options were extensive and reasonably priced. Overall a lovely evening, would recommend.

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vipTinksx01
London
23 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfectly presented and delicious. The tastebuds were certainly treated. Our waitress gave us the right amount of attention and provided a light and fun interaction. We are from the Market menu which is reasonably priced at two courses for £24. The venue is relaxed and cosy with little quirks. I will definitely be back.

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GillB
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visitors to this lovely restaurant for Sunday lunch and we were not disappointed. Lovely food, attentive staff and good ambience.

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Mark
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was really good but the desert missed the spot - seemed a little bland.

I’m glad I was wearing a jumper as it was chilly upstairs.

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LadyLuncher
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, highly recommend. 5 stars all round

JB
JanineB
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal in every way! We will definitely be back!

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gerardm
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience1

It was quite cold could of done with some additional heating

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Zackboy
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Seems to be very expensive from the last time I was there….. and food not as good as the last time for the amount we paid.. I would recommend anyone to go obviously to make their own opinions….. as opinions differ from everyone else… plus when I looked up at the beamed ceiling directly above me it was full of cobwebs!!

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MartinB
Denver
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food but lacking in choice of alcohol free drinks. We requested alcohol free wine but they only had alcohol free lager larger. We ordered it and they served normal larger which we drank and only realised when we tried to order a second drink and another water highlighted that it wasn’t alcohol free !!

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DavidM
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate from the excellent value market menu. Salmon mousse starter then individual game suet pie. Even with the irresistible artisan bread before and included rissole potatoes and carrots didn’t feel too full after 2 courses and still had room for the complimentary petit fours with coffee.

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SarahT
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. Staff are both professional and friendly,food outstanding and lovely decor and atmosphere!

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JoyH
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 4th visit to this wonderful restaurant. We love everything about it. The staff are friendly and efficient, the tables are set with good cutlery, linen napkins and real candles and the food is delicious.

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Christine
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievably special place. Food, staff and ambience all first class. Can’t wait to return!

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Dez2
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service
Lovely ambience and we both thoroughly enjoyed our visit
Will happily return

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LeeEngland
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb food and overall night definitely worth a visit

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SabrinaS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the third time we’ve been to The Bay Horse and each time the food has been amazing! Couldn’t recommend this place more. Will definitely go back. The restaurant is beautiful and the outdoor heated area has been a wonderful addition.

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JillH
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Sunday Lunch. Yorkshire Puddings were amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Attentive and friendly service. Really lovely experience. Will definitely be back!!

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vipLinda
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous post Christmas Day celebration! Abby was so welcoming.

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RodJ
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our fourth visit since July 2021 and the food, service etc was excellent on each occasion. there is always a good choice on the a la carte (which we have always had) but the prix fixe also looks very nice.

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ChrisF
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and the service exceptional!!! A great way to spend New Years Eve afternoon- can’t wait to return

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vipDavidR
London
13 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Bay Horse gets better and better. Strong and attractive menu as always - but the cooking and presentation keeps moving up a gear. Less fussy and starting to moderate number of (deconstructed) elements - flavours absolutely shining through. More confidence and definitely a more modern style now coming through the already technically gifted cooking.

Service was superb. At a time when staffing shortages are understandably impacting on waits, service quality, experience and expertise of staff - it really stood out. Friendly and efficient as ever, but real quality and style about it.

Slightly unusually high ratio of fish / seafood starters. Probably could be shorter starters menu, and definitely include vegetarian alongside (and offer it to diners at the outset) as it looks very unbalance. However, realise it was end of year and maybe trying to manage through stock etc.

Good wine list and superb value at all price points.

Overall terrific as always, and showing well to get better still in 2022.

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MikeG
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place. Staff, food and ambience all just fab. Thank you for a great night. Great choice and menu and everything we had was just superb. We’ve no had a meal so good for ages (and we do try !!). Hope to see you all again

JM
JamesM
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Used to be amazing here but the belly pork dish I had just didn’t seem to go together and the share dessert wasn’t the best either. I think the it’s going back over rather than forwards for the money you pay

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GlenI
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal. Highly recommended with a great atmosphere.

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BenjaminD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience. Had lunch with the family and couldn't complain about anything.

The food and service were exceptional.

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Normski
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu cooked to the highest quality, first class service, all at a good price. See you again v soon…..

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Chris
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having dined at The Bay Horse previously I was happy to report that standards had been maintained. The welcome is friendly,the ambience is warm and inviting and the food outstanding. Highly recommended.

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The Bay Horse is rated 4.7 stars by 1322 OpenTable diners.

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