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“A very comfortable stay in a friendly pub”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Bay Horse

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The Bay Horse
Ranked #3 of 7 Masham B&B and Inns
West Sussex, England
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176 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“A very comfortable stay in a friendly pub”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2010

My wife and I picked a lovely, sunny weekend to tour Yorkshire and were very happy with our choice of The Bay Horse Inn.

Masham is a very nice town (well, any town with two breweries is OK by me!) and we enjoyed a very pleasant walk along the riverbank in the afternoon sunshine. Plenty of parking in the square adjacent to the pub and the suggested parking fee for the honesty box is 50p - a refreshing change from the southern culture of Pay and Display.

Our room was very nice - recently refurbished with a modern bathroom, brilliant shower and large wall-mounted flat screen TV opposite the bed. It was spotlessly clean and the bed was very comfortable. I understand some of the rooms are still awaiting modernisation, but if the rest of the refurbished rooms are up to the same standard as ours they will be fine. The room was at the front, directly by the road. Quite a busy road by day but no real problem with early morning traffic. We stayed on a Sunday night and the pub was very quiet after about 9 pm.

Food and drink-wise we could find no fault. A fine selection of beers and friendly bar staff. We both had a Sunday roast which was really excellent and breakfast was terrific - high quality local produce and plenty of it.

This is a pub, not a hotel, and I have rated it as such. We will most certainly stay there again next time we are in the area.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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shaken, owner at The Bay Horse, responded to this review, February 8, 2010
Thank you so much for your great review! I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us - and hope the sun shines next time you visit Masham! Many Thanks once again,

Sharon and Ken
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2009

We stopped over for one night on our way to Scotland and got a very friendly welcome. Our room was very clean and comfortable and we had a nice meal and even nicer beer :o) Breakfast was scrummy and very relaxed and our dog had great fun playing with the pup dog while we had our food. We recommended it to friends who stayed recently and was all good for them as well.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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shaken, owner at The Bay Horse, responded to this review, February 8, 2010
Hello,

Many thanks for your great review - we hope to see you again as a stop over from Scotland.

Sharon, Ken and Hank x
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Bradford Yorkshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2009

We visited Masham overnight on a Wednesday. We arrived at 3pm and were welcomed at the bar, and shown straight to our room after being asked what time we wanted breakfast, rather than being told what time it was. This could be due to them being quiet mid week, but it was a nice touch.

I must admit that on being taken upstairs to the room I wondered where we had come as the staircase and hall were not the tidiest. However on being shown into room 1 it was tidy, clean, bright, new bathroom and a flat screen TV mounted on the wall.

We ate at the pub that evening and it was reasonably priced and excellent, really good tasty food. At this point we asked what time we had to be back and was advised for about 11.00pm as you only get a key to your room and not an outside door, however this was fine with us.

On talking to Sharon the landlady, she advised they had only been there 18 months and they were slowly doing the place up, as when the 1st took it over it was grotty. It seems that they have new bathrooms in 3 or 4 of their rooms now, and are planning to complete the rest in the near future.

We went down to breakfast about 9.00am, and what a breakfast!!! Cereals, juice, toast, coffee, and a massive full english (sausage, bacon, egg, beans, loads of mushrooms, not your usual token effort, whole grilled tomato, black pudding, and fried bread). It was excellent, and filled us for the day!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Bay Horse and would go back, my only slight criticism is, they need to get rid of the clutter from the hallway outside of the rooms, but I am sure once it finishes being a work in progress it will happen.

Parking is ample in the Square which is run on an honesty box.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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shaken, owner at The Bay Horse, responded to this review, February 8, 2010
Thank you for your great review. We are nearly finished all the rooms now so hopefully we can keep landing clear of Kens tools! Hope to see you soon and thanks once again.

Sharon and Ken
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Hyde
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2008

Would really recommend this pub if looking for a base in this lovely part of the world. Having read several reviews about this place being a bit "grotty" I can only think it has had a full refurb since then as they rooms were clean and tidy. All the staff were really friendly and the pub is very popular with the locals.

Really nice home cooked food.

Great jukebox, the beer was excellent (as it should be being only 200 yards from the Black Sheep Brewery.

Many thanks for making my 40th trip with the lads one to remember and keep those breakfasts coming!

  • Liked — Location Location Location
  • Disliked — Top room was a bit smelly - problem with the drains being looked into with Brewery
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with friends
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shaken, owner at The Bay Horse, responded to this review, February 8, 2010
Thank you Bob! it was great having you all - although it took a while for me to catch up on my sleep after you all went home!

Hope to see again.

Many Thanks,

Sharon and Ken
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suffolk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2008

There is a stereotype of northern folk that us southerners like to dismiss as sentimental doggerel. It maintains that those from up-country, like Southern Italians and Irish, are more welcoming and accomodating than those from the cynical South. True or not, last weekend I was afforded a glimpse as to why perhaps this cliche pervades.
I was playing in a band at a wedding nearby and my bandmates and I were expecting to get back to our digs, The Bay Horse in Masham, some time after last orders were called. The gig was a few miles up the road. Incredibly, the Landlord came to pick us up at 2am and conveyed us back to Masham. Propping up the bar upon our return I soon discovered that this was no isolated act of kindness; he and the Landlady (his v kind wife) were regularly rescuing guests in the small hours who take the wrong turning, narrowly saving them a night on the moors. After some more nocturnal discussions around the hearth we finally turned in at about 3. Coming down bleary eyed at about 10 I was greeted by the astonishingly cheery face of Ken offering cereals, teas coffees and of course, the Full English. These are good people, heart-warmingly kind, who go above, beyond and profoundly to the furthest side of the call of duty. The way they make you feel at once like you are in their home but also exceedingly welcome is astoundingly refreshing. I thoroughly recommend this charming establishment, especially to those publicans out there who still havn't learned that good service doesn't begin at 9 and end 5; these guys have, and it really shows.

Stayed September 2008
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shaken, Owner at The Bay Horse, responded to this review, November 12, 2010
I would just like to thank you for your very kind review. I remember sitting on the door step waiting for my husband to collect you from Swinton - and then staying up for a drink when you got back. We had a good chat that evening. Hope to see you again in the future.

Many Thanks,

Sharon and Ken
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york
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2008

i came to masham two weeks ago for a long weekend . and found a very lovely little town . We stay at the bay horse inn in the centre of masham . on arrival we found a warm friendly welcome of the staff and the locals. The rooms where clean tidy . and adequatley sized for a pub that does rooms .we went down to the bar to sample the local beers both are very good pints (. my personal prefence been the black sheep). The food in the bay horse was all homecooked food . On both nights we both had lovely meals .and very large portions . with the two roaring fires it really was a enjoble stay , anyone going to masham should go to this pub and try the steak pie (its out of this world) The staff and the owners were all really helpful and friendly . and i would recomened to anyone .who is visting mashm.

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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2008

I cannot agree with 'Londonpootle' enough. I recently stayed at the Bay Horse Inn on a Saturday night and found the experience quite unpleasent.

Upon entering the estabishment, it was clear that it was more 'pub' than 'B&B', had to queue at the bar to enquire to where we checked in?

The room was dirty and obviously had only been cleaned in the area that you can see, or indeed pass a hoover over! The on-suite was a tiny cupboard that was built into the room, it was visually clean, but did not smell so!

The pub downstairs was Noisy, but that is to be expected on a Saturday night. However ,there seemed to be a lock in and other resisdents did not go to bed until 3am and I was awoken by the sound of Burping, vomiting & laughing.

The following morning, after fighting for space within the on-suite to clean myself, I went down stairs for breakfast only to find no staff, teanage kids playing pool in the bar and dog itself around the breakfast items.

Throughly unpleasent stay, I will not be returning, I strongly advise anyone considering this B&B to go elsewhere!

  • Liked — Very central in town
  • Disliked — Everythign else
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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shaken, owner at The Bay Horse, responded to this review, May 9, 2008
We took over the Bay Horse in September 07 and we are in the process of giving the pub a complete makeover which we have done in most of our bedrooms, the outside area, and the bar. We have a new cleaner, due to the inexperience of our last cleaner. The rooms are supposed to be non smoking so if one of the glasses had been used and washed by the person who had used it - the cleaner may not have noticed it. The rooms are adequately sized for an old pub. The beds have been changed so if couples stay they have room to get in on both sides of the bed and bed side tables on each side. New carpets have been layed in all but two of the rooms, the final two are being layed shortly. We have just finished putting a new bathroom in one of the rooms and the others will follow when money becomes available. New curtain poles have been put up in all the rooms. All the bedding and curtains are new since we came in. Masham is a beautiful town and we have a lovely, friendly pub, with great homemade food, a gorgeous beer garden, two roaring fires in the winter and home-made chips! Please do not let this review put you off coming to see us. You are welcome to see our rooms before you stay!
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Property: The Bay Horse
Address: 5 Silver Street, Masham HG4 4DX, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Masham
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Ranked #3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Masham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Bay Horse 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the heart of Masham, The Bay Horse is an ideal base to stay if you wish to enjoy the beauty of both what we have on our doorstep as well as the stunning surrounding areas. At The Bay Horse, Masham you will get, a community local pub, that has a fantastic range of real ales, locally sourced food and great, genuine hospitality - we're not a hotel, we're a quality local pub, with well-appointed rooms. ... more   less 
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