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The Bay Horse Hotel

Canal Foot, Ulverston LA12 9EL England
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#1 of 6 hotels in Ulverston
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The Bay Horse is a 17th century coaching inn situated on the shores of The Levens Estuary. For nearly 30 years Robert Lyons former chef at Miller Howe Hotel during John Toveys reign, Lesley Wheeler and their team have been welcoming guests to their modest, inn which delivers first class hospitality. Whether you are just in need of a simple snack, a generous Aberdeen Angus Steak, fresh fish or something vegetarian we aim to offer you the best, served by friendly staff who go out of their way to please. Sit by a log fire in winter or enjoy the view from the Conservatory Restaurant or picnic benches across the way. A wide range of spirits, cask beers and wines are available. Dogs are welcome too and there are many walks to be had right on the doorstep, up the Ulverston Canal, along the shoreline or the start of the Cumbrian Way. The cycling is excellent too and we can provide a safe place to park your bike while staying with us. All in all, a place for everyone to enjoy!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Bar / lounge
Special diet menus
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Highchairs available
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Non-smoking hotel
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Private balcony
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Hungarian, Polish
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Jane Haake wrote a review Dec. 2020
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Graham, Autumn and I had an excellent stay as always. We have stayed a few times and it was our 1st visit without our other beloved Irish Setter Saffron.Lesley and her team are doing an excellent job at this hard time. Well done to you all. Keep the room free for us all and new puppy. Thanks for a lovely meal, breakfast and stay
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Date of stay: December 2020
Room Tip: all rooms are great
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Chloe76 wrote a review Oct. 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom110 contributions40 helpful votes
Booked for a weekend, wish it had been a week. Received the warmest welcome on our arrival and were taken up to our room which had a view of the estuary. We stayed in Sandpiper, beautiful wallpaper and paintings, very comfy double bed, toasty bathroom and the view just made it for me. The terrace outside gives access to all of the estuary facing rooms and we sat out with a cuppa that afternoon watching the birds and tide. Quick tip - book direct (near the bottom of the home page on their website under the table booking) dogs are free then or give them a ring. Lesley had kindly phoned us to ask if we wanted a table for dinner before they got booked up. The hotel is genuinely dog friendly, they can be with you when eating and drinking in the bar area and you aren't asked to leave them alone in your room. It is such a comfy cosy area with the fire and your pal curled up with you (or hoping for leftovers in our case). The Conservatory Restaurant has wooden floors and a fantastic view over the estuary, the bar area is better for them because it is carpeted. Right - on to the food and Bob's amazing cooking. The menu is huge, the selection of meat, fish, vegetarian dishes and light bites leaves you spoilt for choice. Just want to mention there were at least 5 homemade vegetarian options on a separate menu. The first evening we went for the specials board and had seabass with local brown shrimp, the potato of the day and buttered vegetables. After deciding what to order you are offered different flavoured home baked bread rolls, they are almost like muffins. There is a swan theme to Bob's presentation and you will see why when you go for a wander. Local cheeses are accompanied by fruit and crumbly biscuits and the profiteroles almost leave you needing a lift upstairs to your room. Ice cream can be mediocre but Bob's is so creamy and smooth. Coffees and brandys by the fire are a perfect end to the night. Make sure you wake up just before sunrise to watch the sky, it is stunning even when you think the clouds won't let it through. Breakfast is superb, local sausages, bacon, white pudding, black pudding, fried bread, kidney, mushrooms or you can go for something lighter, I had fruit and eggs. Even the marmalade and lemon curd are homemade. We went to Ford Park and Hoad Monument to walk it off and had a drive to RSPB Leighton Moss. Made sure we got back in time for afternoon tea though and squeezed a scone in before dinner! I'm tempted to say the food was the highlight of this weekend but it wasn't just that. It was a combination of the friendliness, level of service, the views, selection of drinks, comfortable rooms, the wildlife and the hosts. We had a fantastic weekend and are going to make the Bay Horse an annual treat. Thank you.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
sydney h wrote a review Oct. 2020
Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom35 contributions9 helpful votes
My wife and I visited the Bay Horse Hotel at canal head on the 10th of October 2020 by chance for some dinner we hadn't booked, we were seated in the conservatory overlooking Morecambe bay which had great views the food was excellent I had a mushroom and cheese starter followed by crab and salmon fish cakes new potatoes and vegetables, the wife had Lamb shank which the meat just fell away off the bone she had chips which we think where doubled dipped and and very crispy and vegetables followed by profiteroles with chocolate sauce strawberries raspberries and blueberries she finished of with a Baileys Irish Coffee. May i say about the social distance was spot on everything was laid out right this place is well worth the visit the cost of our meal was £60 but was well worth it go on give it a try.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Room Tip: The views alone is enough for a visit
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Susan J wrote a review Oct. 2020
Bamburgh, United Kingdom33 contributions12 helpful votes
We booked a last minute break at The Bay Horse based mainly on the food recommendations and were not disappointed. We were given a warm welcome from Lynne and her team. Breakfast was very good to set you up for the day and the evening meals where served up with beautiful home made bread with a variety of fillings we both had the Fillet Steak with pepper sauce which was excellent and the second night we where surprised to see a South African dish Bobotie which proved to be very enjoyable. Good walks where enjoyed around the bay. Ulverston was a 1.5 mile along the canal. Thanks for the nice stay at this difficult time.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Room Tip: I would go for a sea view room next time.
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Manuel G wrote a review Sep. 2020
Margate, United Kingdom2 contributions
A little expensive but worth every single penny. I had the steak and will say its one of the best I have ever had. They also sold Peronj which was just perfect. I didn't have desert but my other guests did and wow. This was the perfect last meal in the area. Did I mention the view!!!!! Would be hard to beat.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
USD 121 - USD 136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomEnglandCumbriaLake DistrictUlverston
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Bay Horse Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Bay Horse Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre (2.0 km), Cartmel Priory (6.7 km), and Cartmel Cheeses (6.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Bay Horse Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Bay Horse Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Bay Horse Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Bay Horse Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fourpence Cafe & Shoppe, Poppies Cafe & Bistro, and Amigos Mexican Restaurant & Steakhouse.
Are pets allowed at The Bay Horse Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Bay Horse Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Polish, and Hungarian.
Are there any historical sites close to The Bay Horse Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre (2.0 km) and Holker Hall and Gardens (4.9 km).
Does The Bay Horse Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.