Bottomless Brunch at Manchester's Best Pub
One thing that is few and far between in Manchester is a truly good traditional pub, don't get us wrong there's loads of nice bars but you could probably count the number of good pubs (ones that you'd actually feel safe walking in!) on one hand. We've always had a love for The Wharf and Ox Noble in Castlefield but we've got a new one we'll be recommending next time someone asks...
After an extensive makeover by the Liars Group (the guys behind Crazy Pedros, Cane & Grain and Junk Yard Golf Club to name a few) Northern Quarter's Bay Horse Tavern has been beautifully restored to look like a real pub should. Expect plenty of wood cladding, an array or mismatching furniture, fancy tiled floors and old trinkets and of course plenty of locally brewed beers, wine and spirits. After opening only six months ago it's already been awarded the title of Best Pub in Greater Manchester so if that isn't great praise we don't know what is!
On a freakishly sunny day (for Manchester) we visited to try their newly launched weekend bottomless brunch, a 2 hour sitting of free flowing drinks and a brunch dish for £27.50 a person. You can choose from something light like granola & Greek yoghurt, go the whole hog with a full english or go for something in between. For food we'd recommend trying their perfectly poached eggs and incredibly creamy avocado on toast or the very generous smoked salmon & scrambled eggs on toast, both winners for us on any breakfast menus so there was no doubt that we'd pick these, although we did see the full cooked breakfasts going out to other tables and they looked insane.
When it comes to your drinks you can choose from prosecco, Bloody Mary's, Irish coffees, mimosas, wine, beer and hot drinks. For us the stand out option was the Bloody Mary, a super spicy version pimped with sriracha and crushed green peppercorns - this is the Northern Quarter after all so hipster upgrades are almost expected. At £7.50 a glass for the Bloody Mary you can quickly pass £30 in your two hour slot so it's a good deal for this alone! If brunch is your thing it's certainly one to check off your list, but personally we'll be returning to try their main menu which sounds pretty special with options like ox cheek on toast and black pudding bon bons gracing the bar snacks section.