The Bay Horse

4.8
835 reviews
£26 to £40
Gastro Pub
The Bay Horse has achieved many awards including four consecutive Michelin BIB Gourmand Awards from 2008 and currently having a Michelin Plate.
The building dates back to the 1400's, with emphasis on the finer details of a real old English pub - dimpled pint glasses, side dishes served in copper pans, the open fire in the main bar and hand pulled local ales.
During the warmer months the walled garden is very relaxing and host to weddings and the village BBQ.
What 835 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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CarolineW
County Durham
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Well equipped for covid free environment.
Food good but when serving main meal, food was cold by the time all dishes were served.
Service ok for indoor but not for outside.

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WendyR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely Sunday lunch and fantastic service. Will be back again soon.

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AbiH
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were incredible, super friendly staff and lovely atmosphere. The rain even disappeared so we could enjoy our meal outside to the full! Lucky us!

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

In difficult circumstances especially the poor weather, staff, service and food superb.

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Cabs
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous experience. Excellent service from start to finish. Food was outstanding as always. We would highly
recommend.

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MrsBrown
County Durham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal here. the food was fantastic - plenty of choice. The service was outstanding. We were sat outside due to the covid restrictions but the staff offered blankets provided extra lighting and moved us to a table with heaters as soon as they came available. Very attentive and welcoming. Cant wait to return.

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JOHNA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely evening meal in pleasant surroundings with attentive service.

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PaulC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were very impressed by all that this venue offered. The food was a treat to the taste buds! Service was professional without being OTT. The outside area has been done with class and great taste. The heaters also were great!

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Susan
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb. The whole experience the service and the food was second to none. The Food was absoloutely delicious. We didn't have a starter just mains and desserts. We had the sticky beef and the butter chicken, every mouthful was an explosion, got sides too, all so tasty and cooked to perfection. We both got a tasting platter for dessert and OMG all I can say is that the Chefs in the kitchen are absoloute wizards. The best food I've ever tasted. Sheer magic! Well done. Also the place is immaculate. The outside area is huge and there are some seats under cover with heaters which we had. So even though the weather was miserable and cold, the dining experience was still ambient and warm on a cold may evening. Can't wait to go again. Lives up to its reputation of being a fantastic place to eat easily.

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Gabrielled123
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing. Very accommodating with it being outside. Heaters and fire pits were a lovely touch. Staff were very friendly and couldn’t do enough for you. Would highly recommend!

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Annie
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Finally got to come here ! Food was as expected 1st class, service was efficient and friendly without being intrusive.My dining guest who is vegetarian was well catered for, thank you!
The food was just perfect ,
Will definitely be back.

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SandraN
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent everything from start to finish . . Great team of staff which made the visit extra special

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PaulC
London
8 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience2

Love the bay horse, my first time with outdoor dining, inadequate provisions for a cold day I thought,
Was a tad concerned when the guy who seemed to be in charge wiped a side plate on his top and set it on a table, glad it wasn't mine, the beef was far too fatty for my liking, just my preference, the service overall was excellent as usual,

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KittyM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

With the current restrictions we were anxious about eating outside in the british weather, but we were seated in a cosy little heated 'hut' . We were very comfortable, the service was faultless and the food was delicious. Service was prompt so no wait for food but at no point did we feel rushed. I was very impressed overall.
My reason for giving 4 stars for price was simply because it is not a cheap place to eat - but it was definately worth what we paid, the quality was very good.

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LisaS
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous food and lovely outside covered area! We will visit again

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CarolynP
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous Sunday dinner service was impeccable I will most certainly return

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OpenTable Diner
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience2

The food was excellent. Fine dining. Unfortunately there had been a misunderstanding about the outdoor heating and we had been led to believe that we would get a table with heating when we called prior to going . When we arrived this was not the case so an otherwise lovely meal was spoiled by it being so cold. There were wood burners in the beer garden but they were very smoky and at times unpleasantly so. I would really recommend the food but would advise to wait until the indoor restaurant is open again.

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ClaireW
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous night and staff were so friendly and helpful throughout the evening, food was incredible and I’ll definitely be back!

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KarenF
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was amazing, staff were lovely but service was a little slow. But overall it was a lovely afternoon sat in the garden.

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DeborahF
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great place to eat, food is fantastic.

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louisem
County Durham
4 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just fabulous. Everything about the restaurant outdoor dining area. It is gorgeous and well designed. Food awesome as always and the service spot on.

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AllanB
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely experience. Everything was excellent. We sat outdoors on the very atmospheric terrace, which was well protected from the elements. Food was very good - only just shy of Michelin star standard. Good range of wines, many by the glass. Service attentive throughout.

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vipPeterF
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome as always. Food is the best we have had out. Service super attentive.

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LindseyS
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good food with impeccable service. Lovely garden with heaters for when it's chilly

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Suzyq
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

A delightful first meal outdoors socially distanced !
Will certainly return .

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LizL
County Durham
3 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As always, very good food and service. Had to eat outside due to COVID restrictions but they have done their best to maintain standards

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ConnieO
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As ever, the food was excellent and the Prix Fixe menu offers great value. Even though we were outside on a very cold day, being undercover with overhead heaters meant we were warm and comfortable. The staff and service was top notch

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KirstyA
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never ever fails.
Staff, food and place 100%
Even got my grandmother a heated booth - thank you

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vipPeterF
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely awesome. The best food we have had out in a while.

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OpenTable Diner
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, wonderful outdoor area with lots of cover and heating. Will definitely be back soon!

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ChristineB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful , refined cooking. Faultless in fact, coupled with courteous smiling service. Highly recommended. We will certainly return.

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MichaelP
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely meal at the Bay Horse sat outside due to the current restrictions. The evening ambiance and setting were very relaxed and picturesque. The food tasted amazing and was worth the cost and the service was spot on! Definitely will be returning!

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KarenB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely will be going back we had a lovely evening food and wine was amazing couldn’t fault anything even heat lamps as our evening lasted a bit longer than thought and even though it was chilly we never noticed at all well done the Bay horse for making our first outdoor food experience a night to remember 5* definitely

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JoseB
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

They had a day off with us, unlucky, been there many times, love the place, but the service was terrible and they know

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JayB
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely meal in a beautiful setting. The service was amazing and the staff could not of been any friendlier.

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MargaretH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous food as always
Great efforts by the restaurant to be out door friendly
Gorgeous garden . Really enjoyed it

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SallyH
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous night at The Bay Horse on Saturday. We were very fortunate to have one of the larger tables near the main dining room and therefore it was warm and cosy! The food was exceptional- great atmosphere with everyone enjoying being back out and about ! The fire pits are a lovely addition to the garden. Loved it!

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Gary
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very nice way to start escaping from months of restrictions. Beautiful and fairly priced food served by courteous and efficient staff. We even had warm overhead outdoor heaters too, which was a bonus. A very nice experience, so thank you to all staff. We’ve already booked to return in May.

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TracyW
London
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and service. We were in a heated Pod which was warm and comfortable.

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Mika
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We've never been to the Bay Horse and it was an impulsive random decision made just to get us out the house and have our first proper date night since lockdown began!

It was definitely the best random choice we could have made. We were incredibly impressed with everything. The food was phenomenal, the steak was cooked so perfect, the chips were perfectly done, the other parts of the dish (onion rings, or the salmon or scallops starter) were all perfect too. We couldn't fault any of it in the slightest. They also offer free bread while you wait, fresh cooked every morning and so so so delicious, I had to ask for more!

The servers were also extremely lovely and friendly, happy to take a photo of us, chat to us, recommend things and just overall made the experience even better than it already was.

As well as that, the corner table we were at had lovely heating and a nice view of the garden and the lights, very well done on the set up of the outside tables.

We could not fault a single thing and we're making it a regular place for date night, absolutely worth the price 100% . If you haven't been here yet, I would fully recommend giving it a go, you won't be disappointed in the slightest!

FAQs

The Bay Horse is rated 4.8 stars by 835 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 reservations at the moment.