CONGRATULATIONS to the Northern Quarter’s reborn Bay Horse, which has just won ‘Best Pub in Greater Manchester’ in the National Pub and Bar awards.
Organised by Pub and Bar magazine, these national awards are unfamiliar to RoM but we heartily endorse their decision. This gee gee is a gem.
Our own reviewer was deterred by co-owner Lyndon Higginson’s billing of it as ‘The Rovers Return meets Soho House’ but was won over by the quality of the quirky revamp and some decidedly excellent pub food, rare in the city centre, Chop Houses aside.
The Bay Horse has been a Manchester institution since the Georgian era. It was once The Bay Horse Hotel and a common drinking ground for factory workers. Alas, its period features went up in smoke in a 1990s fire, after which it was rebuilt and became The Bay Horse Pub, which never felt like a pub, which it does now.
The Bay Horse Tavern, 35-37 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1NA. 0161 661 1041. Open daily from 11am to 1am Sunday to Wednesday and 2am Thursday to Saturday.