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“Excellent breakfast, clean and comfy rooms - recommended”
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The Bay Horse Inn
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Clean rooms, superb breakfast really delicious and friendly and well-judged service. Lovely location near York, though we didn't get to explore much. Nice cosy pub. We would recommend this pub for bed and breakfast.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Thank Clare D
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stella19NorthYorks, Owner at The Bay Horse Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2013

Thank you for your positive comments- I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in the future

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Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

We had a one night stay due to going to a wedding at nearby allerton castle. The food was wonderful and the staff couldnt do enough to help. The only point I would make is that they need a little more help at breakfast time to make things run a little smoother. Otherwise we had a lovely stay... and I loved the lovely dog x

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thank lucypea1965
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stella19NorthYorks, Owner at The Bay Horse Inn, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2013

Thank you for your kind comments, and I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay. I'm sorry breakfast was a little disorganised during your stay- a combination of our usual staff having a weekend off, a new coffee machine which was mis-behaving and all our guests breakfasting at the same time.
I hope we will see you again for another visit.
Stella

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

I first ate in this pub on the 8th March 1968 and I've been back many times since although admittedly often at 2 or 3 year intervals. It's always been a cosy clean and welcoming pub and today we were shocked approaching the pub from the B625 via Harrogate Road. The pub looks almost derelict from the road but there were quite a significant number of cars in the car park which we consider always a good sign so we went in. The first thing we noticed was the open door to the laundry room off the rear courtyard and a stack of junk piled against the pub itself. The exterior needs painting and a lot of tidying and weeding if it's going to attract custom.
The bar area looked different to our last visit around 3 years ago and the first thing I noticed was a pile of ice buckets and the dirty unpolished brass of the beer engines. There were only two real ales available and 3 unused pumps, again something that rings warning bells in me.

We were greeted pleasantly enough by the bar lady and had a couple of pints of Black Sheep which was in perfectly good condition. Sunday lunch on the blackboard was a little on the pricey side and there was virtually no evidence of diners but we took the plunge and ordered Tempura Prawns, Tomato Soup and Roast Beef for two. We were told there would be a wait of around 20 minutes for the beef but that didn't matter to us. We were surprised later though when 14 people turned up (presumably having booked a table?) and they were told there were only 3 portions of beef left.
The prawns were coated in a very light tempura batter which was fine but the 4 prawns for £5 were accompanied only by some green overcooked leaves which seemed to be Pak Choi and a drizzle of bottled sticky sauce. The tomato soup was hot and tasty and accompanied by three small triangles of garlic and herb bread.
The roast beef was obviously of good quality but it was overcooked and ruined with gravy that tasted of nothing but salt. There were soggy and very dark brown Yorkshire puddings and a few small bits of roast potato again soggy and overdone. A decent selection of vegetables accompanied and they were of a good texture and clearly fresh. Pity there were no ordinary new potatoes! Whilst eating we noticed that all the windows needed cleaning and the curtains in the bay window were hanging of the rails. There are fluorescent tubes next to the curtain track to light the curtains and one was lit the other wasn't. In the rather cosy area at the top end of the bar there was a group of people relaxing and enjoying a drink so at least the pub satisfies the locals for a drink but there was a flat screen TV attached to the brick fireplace which looked ridiculously out of place. The toilets were clean. I imagine today was our last visit in 45 years. We don't complain because it's stressful and unpleasant. We merely avoid returning to places that don't offer a good quality experience. It's obvious reading other comments on this listing that the same poor management extends to the rooms which to be fair we have not seen. It's a real pity because this could be a really fantastic dining and watering hole in a pleasant village.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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stella19NorthYorks, Owner at The Bay Horse Inn, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2013

Thank you for your comments, which are always useful in helping us to improve our service.
We have just about completed a programme of re-furbishment and improvements to our letting rooms and interior of the pub. I'm sure you will have noticed significant differences and improvements to your previous visits, notably the toilets, decorations and furniture, flooring and carpets. You are quite correct-the outside of the pub is also due for some work, which is on the agenda, but just waiting for the weather to improve a little before we start. At the time and day of your visit our letting rooms had been fully booked and our guests were all enjoying a late check-out. The large party you refer to had arrived early- 2nd joint of beef not ready- and our other diners you may not have seen, seated at the other end of the pub, in the dining room.
I am sorry you had mixed feelings about your lunch- we buy all our meat from a nearby farm, use fresh vegetables and make proper gravy from the roasting tin juices. I am glad, however, you enjoyed your Black Sheep which we are able to keep in good condition, by restricting the number of real ales on offer at any one time. We do not have the throughput of beer-drinkers at this time of year to offer more than 2 real ales. As you noticed, many of our customers drink wine- hence the ice-buckets. We do have spare handpulls as we keep one for real cider in the Summer, and have guest ales at busier times.
The TV in the lounge area you noticed is there by our customers' request- mostly for football and rugby- and for our staying guests' use.
We encourage customers to tell us if they are not happy about anything during their visit so we can help, explain and put it right.We have been delighted with the many positive comments from our customers and guests on this website, our own, and Laterooms. I do hope you will call in again in the future.

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Reviewed March 25, 2013

My husband and I stayed here recently as we were at a birthday party in the village.
We chose the Bay Horse purely for convenience. It is a friendly spot with a cosy bar. We stayed in what appeared to be stables that were converted in the 1980's, you come straight out onto the courtyard from the bedroom door. The room was a little tired and the bathroom could do with a refurbishment. However the bed and bedding were fine. I thought it was a little over priced, The breakfast was very good, it was obvious they take their food seriously.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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stella19NorthYorks, Owner at The Bay Horse Inn, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2013

Thank you for your comments- I am glad you enjoyed your breakfast and had a comfortable night's sleep. We are very lucky to have a fabulous farm shop on our doorstep- Tancred Farm- who supply all our meats.
We have now completed work upgrading all our letting rooms and en-suites- I hope you will stay with us again and find your room much improved.
Stella

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Lovely find! Dog friendly, super staff and food. Excellent value for money and ideal for a journey break on way back from Scotland. Stella and Hugo the dog looked after us really well. Only downside was no access to Wi fi and the TV in the room looked good but sadly had no signal. All in all would recommend.

Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Just returned from a one night stay at the Bay Horse. Decided to re-visit after we did the same 20 years ago for a "Valentines ish" night away.

Although memories naturally fade the place itself has clearly aged as has the accommodation.

Situated to the rear of the pub the accommodation block and the outside area is now very rough around the edges both inside and out.

A small, not especially clean room (with an equally small TV!) did not match the £75 per night price tag. A very small bathroom with a low pressure shower and lack of complimentary toiletries (2 small bars of soap and a half full bottle of shower gel on the cubicle floor) added nothing to the experience.

The bar itself is ok but does not does not do itself justice with the old structure of the building and the lovely old fireplace not being used to its best, decorative advantage.

The redeeming feature of our stay was the staff and the food. Evening meal and breakfast were excellent with the staff at all times being really pleasant and attentive.

The separate breakfast and dining area next to the bar is ok but our "romantic" meal for two was sadly interrupted by some young children (presumably of the local, adult drinkers) running around the dining and breakfast area whilst parents attended to themselves.

The Bay Horse is in a fantastic spot between York, Harrogate and Knaresborough and although I,m sure it ticks over nicely you really do sense that the place could make a "killing" if it defined itself as a really good restaurant with good quality rooms.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

This is a pub restaurant with about 10 or 12 rooms. The room we had was quite small so perhaps not ideal if you spend too much time there. However there is a very nice old village inn type bar and restaurant where you can relax. The bar has a good range of real ales and cask beers as well as wines and spirits. The food in the restaurant is very good with a widely varied menu, steak to venison to fish to poultry. A lot of the food is sourced from a nearby farm. Part of the bar has a log fire which is very cosy.
The staff in the pub are very friendly and more than willing to chat and give advice on the local area. There are also books and magazines on the area. We do not have a dog but the establishment is dog friendly and will accept pets.
It is 20 or so minutes outside York by car and you can drive into the city centre and park (expensive) or get the park and ride which is just off the route into the city. There are also buses and a train station nearby. This means you can enjoy York and many of the nearby places whilst staying in a nice peaceful Yorkshire inn.
All this for £55 per night bed and breakfast for two.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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stella19NorthYorks, Owner at The Bay Horse Inn, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2013

Thank you very much for your lovely review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay, and took the time to write a review.
We have just received our Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor, so thank you again for your contribution.
Stella

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Address: York Road, Green Hammerton YO26 8BN, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Green Hammerton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Green Hammerton
Price Range: $98 - $153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Bay Horse Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jon and Tina Clarke and family offer you a warm and friendly welcome to the Bay Horse Inn. The Bay Horse Inn is a traditional family-run old English Inn that dates back to the 17th century, with log fires and beamed bar/dining areas. Situated in the picturesque village of Green Hammerton, 10 miles from York and Harrogate we are close to major routes to the North, and East coast via A1/A59. Easy access to York, Harrogate, Knaresborough and Leeds city centres by road and rail- Cattal and Kirk Hammerton stations within 1 mile. The Bay Horse is open all year round and has ten bed and breakfast rooms in a courtyard setting. Food is served daily from 12 noon. We offer traditional,home cooked pub food as well as a range of daily specials. We also offer Jon's authentic curry menu and Sunday Lunch. We cater for small functions and group bookings. Families are welcome and we are a dog friendly pub. ... more   less 
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