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The Bay Horse

4.7
4.7
1332 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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Booked 17 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Modern European

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
    Sun 12:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    01325 720663

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Marcus Bennett

  • Neighborhood

    Darlington

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Starters

  • Cream of Leek & Potato Soup£7.00

    goats' cheese beignet, chanterelle mushrooms

    • Roasted Winter Squash Risotto£9.00

      toasted pine nuts, goats curd, parsley, squash gougeres

      • Roasted Autumn Vegetables£7.00

        pickled carrots, hazelnuts, mixed leaves, slow cooked egg yolk, mustard dressing

        Main Course

        • Mushroom & Roasted Shallot Hash Cakes£14.00

          mushroom duxelle, parsnip puree, green béarnaise

          • Roasted Winter Vegetable Wellington£14.00

            creamed haricot bean cassoulet, celeriac puree, truffle oil

            • Warm, Pressed Potato Terrine£14.00

              with roasted sweet potatoes, charred onions, herb aioli, carrot foam

              Last updated: August 7, 2021

              What 1,332 people are saying

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              4.7
              4.7 based on recent ratings
              • 4.8Food
              • 4.7Service
              • 4.7Ambience
              • 4.4Value

              NoiseModerate

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              1. JR

                JRM77

                London

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 1 day ago

                overall5food5service4ambience4

                Lovely lunch for two in pretty pub restaurant. Quality food cooked with care and attention.

              2. LD

                LesleyD

                County Durham

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined 2 days ago

                overall4food5service4ambience5

                Excellent food friendly staff could not fault anything

              3. BJ

                BenJ

                County Durham

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 2 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Birthday dinner for my eldest son was fantastic and a real treat. The atmosphere and excellent service was only topped by the magnificent food. I would while heartily recommend the Bay Horse for any special occasion.

              4. S

                Steve

                Hertfordshire

                3 reviews

                5.0

                3 reviews

                Dined 4 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Great ambience and amazing food!

              5. MC

                MichelleC

                Newcastle

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 5 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Beautiful little pub with a lot of character and food was lovely worth every penny.

              6. JR

                JohnR

                County Durham

                3 reviews

                5.0

                3 reviews

                Dined 5 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Good service, good food and nice atmosphere. Staff very competent

              7. GT

                GillT

                Berkshire

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined 5 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                This was without doubt the best meal I have eaten in a restaurant in quite a while. The service and food was perfect would highly recommend.

              8. SH

                SarahH

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 6 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Beautiful food, both in flavour and presentation. Friendly and efficient service. Will definitely visit again.

              9. RL

                RichardL

                Newcastle

                3 reviews

                4.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on January 18, 2022

                overall4food4service5ambience5

                Tremendous atmosphere and very good food. The perfect lunch.

              10. EO

                EmmaO

                County Durham

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on January 17, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

              11. JC

                JadeC

                County Durham

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on January 16, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

              12. CW

                ColinW

                County Durham

                7 reviews

                5.0

                7 reviews

                Dined on January 16, 2022

                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.

              13. M

                Mint123

                Yorkshire

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on January 16, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

              14. PC

                PaulC

                London

                13 reviews

                5.0

                13 reviews

                Dined on January 16, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Wonderful Sunday lunch, excellent service, extremely professional,

              15. TO

                TonyO

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on January 16, 2022

                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!

              16. C

                Craigo

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on January 15, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

              17. N

                Nelleats

                London

                4 reviews

                5.0

                4 reviews

                Dined on January 15, 2022

                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.

              18. CL

                ChrsL

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on January 15, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

              19. CB

                ChristineB

                County Durham

                6 reviews

                5.0

                6 reviews

                Dined on January 14, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

              20. DH

                DaveH

                Yorkshire

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on January 14, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

              21. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Yorkshire

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on January 14, 2022

                overall5food4service4ambience4

                Lovely atmosphere, great food, superb service

              22. PN

                PhilipN

                County Durham

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on January 14, 2022

                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.

              23. CS

                CarolS

                County Durham

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on January 12, 2022

                overall4food5service5ambience5

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

              24. l

                louisem

                County Durham

                4 reviews

                5.0

                4 reviews

                Dined on January 11, 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.

              25. T

                Tinksx01

                London

                23 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                23 reviews

                Dined on January 11, 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.

              26. GB

                GillB

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on January 9, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

              27. M

                Mark

                Yorkshire

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on January 8, 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.

              28. LL

                LadyLuncher

                London

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on January 7, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

              29. g

                gerardm

                County Durham

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on January 7, 2022

                overall4food4service4ambience1

                It was quite cold could of done with some additional heating

              30. JB

                JanineB

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on January 7, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

              31. Z

                Zackboy

                County Durham

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on January 6, 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!!

              32. MB

                MartinB

                Denver

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on January 6, 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 !!

              33. DM

                DavidM

                Newcastle

                5 reviews

                5.0

                5 reviews

                Dined on January 5, 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.

              34. ST

                SarahT

                Newcastle

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on January 5, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

              35. JH

                JoyH

                Cumbria

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on January 4, 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.

              36. C

                Christine

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on January 3, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

              37. D

                Dez2

                London

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on January 3, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

              38. LE

                LeeEngland

                Newcastle

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on January 2, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                Superb food and overall night definitely worth a visit

              39. SS

                SabrinaS

                Yorkshire

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on January 2, 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.

              40. JH

                JillH

                Yorkshire

                4 reviews

                5.0

                4 reviews

                Dined on January 2, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

              FAQs

              The Bay Horse is rated 4.7 stars by 1332 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.

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              Booked 17 times today
              Google Map for The Bay Horse

              45 The Green Hurworth Darlington, Durham DL2 2AA

              • Neighborhood

                Darlington

              • Hours of operation

                Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
                Sun 12:00 pm–10:30 pm

              • Cuisines

                Gastro Pub, Modern European

              • Dining style

                Casual Elegant

              • Dress code

                Smart Casual

              • Parking details

                Private Lot

              • Payment options

                AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

              • Executive chef

                Marcus Bennett

              • Additional

                Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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