Est. 1770
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Chelmsford’s favourite bar & restaurant

Welcome to the oldest tavern in Chelmsford

For almost 250 years The Bay Horse has welcomed guests to this beautiful Grade II listed Tudor tavern. Set in the heart of historic Moulsham Street, the building has been lovingly restored and renovated, combining modern design with period features to create a bright and airy space.

Fresh and delicious

Our incredible chefs are passionate about great food. Everything is cooked fresh to order, and where possible, we use organic and locally-sourced ingredients. Our à la carte menu features the best gastro-pub favourites, and our lunch menu boasts an array of jackets, sandwiches and baguettes. Famed for our award-winning roasts, our Sunday lunches are simply divine, and for those lazy days we offer beautiful afternoon teas.

Much more than dining…

We believe going out for a meal should be a whole night out, so Every Friday and Saturday we welcome the best live musicians to The Bay Horse, who provide entertainment until the small hours. Not dining? join us for a selection of delicious cocktails, real ales and a huge selection of spirits. Lookout for our special events, discos, and our famous firework display in November.


If you haven’t been to The Bay Horse since its refurb, it’s high time you put that right. The food simply tastes outstanding.

The Edge MagazinePress review

Highly recommended – that might be the best Sunday roast I’ve ever had!

The Essex ChroniclePress review

Just had a wonderful afternoon tea with Prosecco. Both the food and service were excellent, would highly recommend it!

Cindy BeckinghamFacebook review (Feb 2018)

We had a really good experience here. Good food, and brilliant service.

P CTripadvisor review (Feb 2018)

The food at The Bay Horse is scrumptious, the wines, beers and spirits are well priced and cater for everyone's tastes.

Sam HewittFacebook review (Jan 2018)

Excellent value, great food, warm and friendly atmosphere. Highly recommended. Staff are great as well.

Derek BTripadvisor review (Feb 2018)

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