I love the North East’s food scene just as much as the North West’s.
I think I am very privileged to live in two of my most favourite places – Manchester and Yarm. I have the best of both worlds; from morning walks in the countryside to vibrant nights in the city. I only wish they were closer, because £45 on trains between the two isn’t ideal.
If you’ve never heard of Yarm… yes Yarm… not Yarmouth… then check out this blog post by Sabina over at Girl vs Globe! You might have already seen it, it was all over my Facebook and Twitter feeds earlier this month as all my fellow Yarmonians (self-named) reveled in the fact that our quaint little town had finally been recognised for its gorgeousness.
One of my favourite things about Manchester is the food scene. No matter what you fancy, you will find it, and there are always new hot spots popping up to tickle your fancy. However, I think people often underestimate places outside of the city when it comes to restaurants and cafes. Although there won’t be as many places for you to choose from, there are still places that will leave you feeling satisfied. Especially in the North East!
I used to work down the road to The Bay Horse and some of the girls I used to work with made it their local; claiming it had the perfect vibe for chilled Friday night drinks. I couldn’t agree more. It’s a gorgeous, old country pub with stunning Victorian decor. This means you get a real homely feel when there, as if you were in your front room drinking wine with your friends or family.
However, when it comes to the food, The Bay Horse transforms into an exquisite fine dining experience of English favourites.
I really love how they marry being a lovable, relaxed pub and refined restaurant so well.
As well as having tables downstairs, there are two rooms upstairs, each with large dining tables, that you can book out for your party. Because I went with my family as a farewell meal to my Aunty who was returning to Australia the day after, we booked out a room for a more intimate family night out.
After shovling down the canapes and prosecco served on arrival – wonderful touch by the way – I had to take 10 minutes to myself to dribble over the menu. I’ve been before and always enjoyed my choices, but I can’t deny having some serious food envy! This was serious, I needed to make the right choice.
I’m hoping there are serious foodies reading this so I won’t be judged on the fact I devoured canapes, a starter, a main and a dessert… and maybe some after dinner chocolates and fudge. I’M A FOOD ADDICT OKAY!
Unfortunately the menu I had isn’t on the site, so I’m going off memory for the specifics… sorry!
To start with I had Crab done two ways and Smoked Cod (uhmmmm oh em gee, the best thing I have ever tasted – seriously amazing!) with Lime and Mango purees and salsas. For the main I had Pea and Potato Wellington with lots of Pea, Potato and Courgette treats to complement. Mmmmhmm, delicious! And for dessert I had caremlised pear, hazelnut cake, pistachio ice-cream, with mango and cherry sauces.
I’m a pescetarian, but the look of the meat dishes had me questioning my decisions!
Unfortunately I did’t get a picture, but my Aunty had steak which came with three of the biggest, most impressive onion rings I ever did see. The size of my head. And that is large, especially for a food.
I had the best meal I’ve had in a long time, but still suffered from a serious case of food envy. I WANT IT ALL!
All in all, not one of us left unhappy. I would seriously suggest going if you’re from or visiting the area.
Have you ever been to The Bay Horse?