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The Bay Horse is a lovely pub with tasty pub food, a wide range of drinks and a gorgeous secret garden to explore. The intimate decor and laid back feel really makes this pub stand out from others in the area.

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By John S.

The Bay Horse has long had a mixed set of reviews, especially when talking about the food. I went in recently after a long absence and was pleasantly surprised by the changes they appear to have made. The decor is now lighter and more on trend, and it feels less like a dingey boozer. The food is now in the hands of Small Plates, who provide some excellent British Tapas and bar snacks, which is a nice change to the standard pub grub around, and a million miles away from the average pizzas of the past! And whats more, I got a smile and even a conversation from the bar staff, I guess they have been reading Bay Horse is a nice place for a midweek pint and a bite to eat, give it another chance people.....


By T S.

I used to go about once a fortnight over a couple of years, but have tailed off a fair bit – the smoking area’s handy, and with a sound clientele it made a nice place to meet and chat. A few things have soured me on it quite a lot though. 1) They’ve cranked the volume of the music on weekends, and removed some of the seating downstairs 2) There are other NQ places which are a bit friendlier, with lower drinks prices – Trof, Odder, Apotheca, etc. 3) At the end of last year I got a Living Social voucher for food, but the food side of things seems pretty amateurish, and they were repeatedly unable to meet it – when booking I got through to somebody who was exceptionally snippy, unapologetic and unhelpful about it. Not sure I’ll be going back for the sake of a bog-standard pizza. Overall it’s fine if you’re in the smoking area, but nowt special these days compared to some of the other options nearby.


By Sapphire R.

i wouldn't say the inside is much to shout about, but the garden round the back is a real gem of the northern quartre. get going before the summers over and you can enjoy it.


By G.

A traditional boozer from the outside, The Bay Horse has been done out in a more shabby chic vein inside.

The Venue
Unlike its more flash and brash neighbours like Blu and Socio Rehab, The Bay Horse Pub is a traditional-style boozer, although there is a nod to the arty leanings of the NQ area with the Andy Warhol type prints on the walls. It is fairly spacious and has an elegantly casual feel about it with its restful colour scheme of pale lime greens and light blues.

The bar itself is wood-panelled and warm and there’s one of the only pool tables left in the city centre at the back of the basement area. It has a low ceiling and chairs which are nestled around tables in the middle of the bar. The toilets are a bit tatty and a bit more TLC in this area is a must. There are faded patterned chaise-longue style sofas on the left as you come in, and, more often than not, credible music plays in the background. There are TV screens…and the secret garden is now open, offering smokers a chance to have a crafty cigarette.

The People
The Bay Horse Pub is popular with the work shy and a regular crowd of nine-to-fivers, largely made up from the creative types who frequent the Northern Quarter. It’s more young professional than student and the beard count is always high.

The Food and Drink
Staropramen, Boddingtons, Stella, Peeterman and Erdinger are all on draught, while you can get Modelo, Corona and Beck's in bottles. Wines cost from £14-£23 a bottle, although you can get a bargain bottle of house wine for just £6 from Monday to Friday (5pm-7pm). Sandwiches, salads and snacks are available. A toasted mozzarella and tomato sandwich costs £4 and a cheeseburger will set you back £6.

The Last Word
A pleasant enough, laidback boozer in the Northern Quarter, which offers a decent alternative to the cocktail mania found down the road.