The Bay Horse Inn

1 Northside,
Hutton Rudby,
North Yorkshire
TS15 0DA.
T: 01642 700252
W: thebayhorsehuttonrudby.co.uk (link opens in a new page)

Access from the car park, past the kitchens, was not particularly salubrious but was level however there were several small steps around the place and no accessible WCs. Staff said ramps were available but had to be requested. There were no notices to that effect to be seen though.

There's a fairly typical pub bar, a pleasant bistro area and a larger somewhat scruffy restaurant area on several levels. The knocking of the water pipes above our head created an interesting counterpoint to the unsuitable muzak, more suited to the bistro than the restaurant. There were cobwebs around the restaurant and the WCs were in need of refurbishment.

Service was somewhat informal and un-trained on the waitress' side (and if she had said "No problem" one more time I would have screamed), informal but good on behalf of the waiter/manager, but alway enthusiastic. The muzak was turned down on request but seemed to make it's way louder again. They were slightly pushy taking the order though the place was very quiet. However a member of staff ran out after us to the car park when we left the remains of the bottle of wine, for which we had requested and received a cork, on the table.

Food

Starters:
My roast pork was well presented with an excellently caramelised slice of apple. The crackling was crisp, as was the pancetta (or was it a local bacon? I hope so.) but the meat was slightly over-cooked and flavourless.
Mrs Riverdale's starter was a superb toasted crab sandwich served with a perfectly boiled duck egg with a few brown shrimps, a blade mace butter dressing and a flavoursome salad garnish.

Mains:
My main course of sea bream was slightly over-cooked. It was advertised as with sea lettuce, there was none so they offered samphire which they then discovered they didn't have either so I was given the option of stewed spinach or rocket, chose spinach but actually received a mixture of the two. They did give me two fillets of fish as compensation (without request), but as they were rather small anyway I would have been disappointed at the paucity of the portion if only one was forthcoming. Plenty of a good, herby mashed potato accompanied and the whole was swimming in a pleasant tomato sauce.
My wife had pork loin wrapped in parma ham which was over-cooked and flavourless. Her accompanying large portion of sage & onion mashed potato was again excellent as was the cider sauce, she thought the fine green beans excellent, though they were somewhat under-cooked for me.

Puddings:

My wife enjoyed her sticky toffee pudding greatly and my creme brulée was amongst the best I've had anywhere.

The beer was excellent, sherry and amaretto Ok, the Chablis poor. The only available coffee was filter, and not very good at that.

At just under £90 it was quite expensive for a reasonable meal with Ok service in unimpressive surroundings. If they used better quality materials, and didn't cook their meat/fish so much, it would have been pretty good. Portions were large, to the extent that we didn't finish it all despite over-eating