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The Bay Horse

Town CentreEuropean, British
139 Reviews

About The Bay Horse

The Bay House is a spectacular gastropub located on The Green in Hurworth-on-Tees, not far from Darlington. Housed in a 15th century coaching inn which has retained some of its antique charm with a few modern interior design updates, this eatery specialises in European and British dishes spread across two unique dining settings. The kitchen at The Bay House is run by Chef-Patron Marcus Bennett and his excellent team, and the sheer effort they put into each and every plate of food needs to be tasted to be believed. But don’t just take our word for it – book a table and see for yourself!

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm


The Bay Horse
45 The Green, Town Centre
Darlington DL2 2AA

Menu Highlights



French black pudding

with winter squash, red wine pickled onions, gingered plums, black pudding kiev

Potted Whitby crab

with melon ketchup, langoustine cigar, brown main crab cakes, squid aioli

Parma ham

with pumpkin & parsley risotto, toasted pistachio nuts, seared foie gras


Chicken & mushroom wellington, broad bean, bacon, morels, English asparagus


Pressed belly pork, roasted sweet potato, sweet potato puree, chorizo hash cake, pak choi, chorizo aioli, lime sour cream, toasted almond, chorizo crumb


Crispy, sweet chilli beef & rocket salad, toasted sesame seeds, cucumber, confit red pepper, soy, honey & lime dressing



Slow cooked chicken

With roasted Jerusalem artichoke, roasted onions, trompette mushrooms, parsley oil

Roasted breast of gressingham duck

With duck liver boudin, roasted salsify, mini duck faggots, damson foam

Roasted seabass, gnocchi

With brown shrimp, samphire, sweet potato, sour cream, smoked almonds


A tasting of ‘Bay Horse’ desserts


Caramelised banana

With salted caramel, lime cheese cake, lime gel, peanut butter ice cream, toasted peanuts

Dark chocolate mousse

With orange parfait, dark chocolate powder, orange sorbet, chocolate orange ganache, cocoa nib tuille
Don't miss out on a table!

Main Menu

Lunch Menu


Dinner Menu


Sunday Lunch Menu


Vegetarian Menu


Children's Menu


Wine Menu


More about The Bay Horse, Darlington

You’ll feel very well looked after at The Bay Horse on The Green in Hurworth-on-Tees, located a stone’s throw away from Darlington. This fine dining establishment masquerades as a gastropub, but, to tell you the truth, the presentation of food and the attention to detail in the dishes feel a lot more high-end than that! The menu is comprised of mainly European and British dishes, with an elegant flair. Whether you choose to eat in the main restaurant, or if you opt for some of its glamourous private dining rooms, The Bay Horse is a great spot for a family gathering, work dinner or a catch-up with old friends.

If you’re planning a meal at this European and British restaurant, you can choose from the standard lunch and dinner menus, as well as special vegetarian and Sunday lunch menus. All the food at this Hurworth-on-Tees eatery is created using only the best seasonal and locally-sourced produce, and you can taste the difference in every mouthful. At The Bay Horse you can choose from dishes such as pressed pork belly with a pork and apricot pie, roast celeriac, wholegrain mustard, crushed potatoes and a Normandy sauce or slow-cooked chicken with roasted Jerusalem artichoke, onions, trompette mushrooms and parsley oil. One thing’s for sure, The Bay Horse is a big hit with locals all the way to Darlington and beyond so you’d best book in advance to beat the crowds!

139 The Bay Horse Reviews

139 Reviews
Value for money:Great value
Noise levels:Very pleasant
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
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Kate W.2 days ago · 1 review

Fabulous food and service 5 star. A lovely setting with friendly staff and good choice on the menu which didn’t disappoint. Highly recommend it without doubt.

Elizabeth L.5 days ago · 1 review

Very good meal and service. Interesting food. Attentive staff without being overbearing. Bit of a wait between ordering and first course being served but restaurant busy.

Ruth C.12 days ago · 3 reviews

Great experience as always, well balnced menu, food beautifully presented with fresh, seasonal ingredients. A knowledgeable wine waiter recommended red and white wines that complimented a wonderful meal

Andrea L.13 days ago · 1 review

Attended 1.30 pm today, Absolutely amazing restaurant !!!! 10 out of 10 attention to detail spot on, lovely food attentive staff, will return soon XXx

Jackie G.5 months ago · 1 review

The Bay Horse is fabulous from the moment you step in the door. If old world charm, roaring fires, elegant but cosy dining with superb service and food are what you like, this is the place for you! No complaints whatsoever! Two course lunch on Saturday for £20 was excellent value for money in my very particular books when the quality of surroundings, food and service was so high.

Sarah M.7 months ago · 1 review

The Bay Horse was outstanding. It was recommended to my by my brother and we are so glad we went. The food was sensational, the flavours and quality of the food was superb. We sampled some delicious wines, service was exemplary and we will be back!

Kathleen L.4 months ago · 1 review

Food excellent staff friendly and courteous,however we were given lovely complementary bread shortly after being seated but then waited 40 mins before our order was taken and then given complimentary bread again waiter appeared oblivious that we had already had bread.We gave it to a passing waitress to return it.We didn't have starter just main course ( which took 30 minutes to arrive )and pudding.This wouldn't have been so bad if we hadn't waited 40 minutes to place order in the first place.All in all we were there 70 minutes before we started our meal.Other than the long wait to order a pleasant lunch experience.

Steve E.5 months ago · 2 reviews

Been here many times. Standard is very consistently excellent. Nice place, wonderful food and wine, excellent output from the kitchen. Waiting staff don’t notice when glasses are empty , or some condiments are maybe required. Difficult to keep waiting on staff, so may have been newish staff, but a little more attentiveness would not have gone amiss. First time I have 3ver noticed this, but never the less a great pub/ restaurant. I have entertained people here from London/ South East many times, and they are always amazed at the quality and comment 5ha5 it compares very well to anywhere in the south.

Kerry D.5 months ago · 1 review

The food was excellent but unfortunately the service was poor with over 40 minutes for our first course to arrive and then a similar time between each course. Other tables who arrived after us also received their food before us. In addition I asked for a coffee with desserts and that didn't arrive and I had to ask for it after about 10 minutes. No interest from the staff in whether we had enjoyed the meal or apology when I provided feedback as to why I felt the service could have been improved . Perhaps a bit picky but expect,and have received, better service at this restaraunt in the past.

Andrew T.5 months ago · 1 review

We had mussels in a cream source and the game risotto for starters. Both were full of flavour and the mussels were almost large enough for a main course. We both had pheasant for the main course which was again excellent with a variety of flavours to accompany the meat. We were too full for deserts. The service was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. All in all an excellent evening.