The Hollybush

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343 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub

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Located on the Bath and Bristol border, the Hollybush is everything a great country pub should be.

We have two comfortable and modern spaces for dining and a large bar area for drinking. Whether you are in the mood to put your feet up and enjoy a freshly prepared bar snack, treat the family to an excellent dining experience or grab a refreshing pint in our wonderful garden, we look forward to seeing you soon.

We are proud to serve the best local ales, an extensive range of up to 40 gins and the finest wines. Our experienced chefs prepare a wide range of dishes using fresh, local produce.

Our desserts are to die for! We regularly receive fantastic reviews, especially for our cheesecake which customers have been know to travel from afar to experience.
What 343 People Are Saying
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RachelP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Two of us eat out on a Wednesday evening, we were able to sit at a table in the bar area for drinks before taking are seats in the dining area.
The app was very easy to order food and drink from, staff very friendly and helpful.
Although the selection on the menu was small we had the Haddock and Chips and it was absolutely delicious

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NickyP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely food ..but very limited menu ..I had the lamb tangine that days special and it was delicious

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PeterB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good quality food at reasonable price. Cannot fault service which was quick and staff were attentive, polite and helpful.

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SarahS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Even though they currently have a limited menu, the different choices catered for all tastes. The food was absolutely delicious. My only criticism was that the very delicious homemade slaw was served in very small pots. The service staff were friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. We were given enough time to view the menu before placing our order and also had the perfect gap between courses.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked online. Very easy. Place was very nice, food was superb and the staff were brilliant. Highly recommend.

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Debi
Bristol
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good to be back almost to normal. Eating lunch out. Easy to book a table, every one sitting inside seemed to be well spaced out. Even the dog was pleased to see us.
We were pleased with the money off, we had forgotten the government eat out money off, it was a nice surprise.

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SezU
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoyed my evening but found it unbearably hot date in the dining area, which made me not enjoy the food as much as I was keen to sit where it was cooler. May I suggest investing in a few fans to make it more comfortable please.
Thanks

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Neil
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table service. Good menu with variety. Food served was all really well cooked and polished off by our family. Hale on chicken risotto sounded weird but tasted lovely. Inspired creation.
This is a great pub with food.
Thanks

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PhoebeM
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Took a while to be shown to a waiting table and then to our actual table even though we pre-booked but that is the only bad thing I can say. It was super busy but that was expected. The atmosphere was good and the food and drinks were easy to order though their website. Didn't take long to arrive and the food tasted amazing. Very large meals so good value with or with out the government eat out to help out scheme. Would definitely recommend and will be coming back.

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AdeleF
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Meal was okay , chips overdone and cold and kids pasta was very small and no longer has garlic bread .... but great little pub which we wouldn’t want to loose .
Great value for money on a Wednesday night due to deal , but would have been as happy if had paid full price .

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PaulH
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food that was served was ok. A little disappointed at choice available, been here before and expected s little more.

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JulieC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Menu too limited and the price price of a burger and other food had been inflated compared to your normal Menu which is disappointing and not in the spirit of the government offer

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KevinJ
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked the Hollybush for Sunday lunch and wasnt disappointed. The food and service were excellent and the staff polite and helpful. The app/website is easy to use for ordering food and drink.

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Rebecca
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Have been to the Hollybush on numerous occasions and while this visit was okay, things are really difficult for all of us felt a little bit stung when shown to our table I said some of us were just drinking and one was eating he said we couldn’t sit there which was fine although it wasn’t very clear on the site he then just walked to the bar and left us then another staff member told us we couldn’t just stand there but we were unsure what to do so just sat felt a bit like naughty schoolkids!!! perhaps you could make it a bit more obvious on line wether we had to book for just drinks or not as we aren’t all that tech savvy! anyway moan over lady who brought our food and drinks was lovely 😊

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First meal out since easing of lockdown so I was quite apprehensive. Whole process was smooth with great signage and helpful staff. Food was excellent as always.

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samanthaP
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and set up was great but, limited menu meant limited choice for me.
Would suggest belly pork and a salad added to menu.

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ClaireD
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I have been there. Service and food excellent, will definitely be going again soon.

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SariaW
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was a bit cold! Other than that perfect! Yes

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LouisaB
Bath
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had heard really good things about this place, I was left a little disappointed. Had much better roast lunches from the likes of ‘willy wicket’ and ‘the brass mill’

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JoannaB
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and food. Easy to understand Covid measures. Very safe environment.

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GrahamT
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was cooked really well, service was good, seemed a lack of sanitizer or wiping down, as I said, food was good but menu was extremely limited compared to elsewhere we have been

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JenN
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really nice lunch and the social distancing measures were really easy to follow - all online!

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OpenTable Diner
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Overpriced and basic roast. No tablet service but still approaching table without PPE.

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RachelM
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Roast potatoes were very crispy but that’s personal taste Rest was nice 👍

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CarolineH
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really can’t recommend this place highly enough. They have embraced the ‘new normal’ so well

Ordering was really easy, the ambience was calm and the food outstanding

We’ll definitely be back

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AngieS
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Poor communication with new procedures, not asked if happy with food/service, not all staff wearing/using PPE

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CallumS
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

New online menu and ordering is very easy, just needs more selection. Would eat again soon.

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LyndaL
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic friendly service. Very quick once orders were placed. Would highly recommend.

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SeanL
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening meal last Saturday. Delighted that the pub is back open.

Sean Lewis

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KirstyC
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food . Was really impressed watching the waitress gel her hands each time she performed a task. Very simple to order . Quick service

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SarahG
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely evening, started off at the benches outside the front of the pub, ordered drinks through the website and the service was super speedy. We then ventured inside to our pre-booked table. Food was lovely and the service was great. Limited menu, but to be expected in such times. Felt very safe and everyone socially distanced, hand sanitizer on the way in and staff wore masks. It was great to be able to get out and enjoy the local pub again. Welcome back.

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Rachael
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really good experience, the staff were so helpful and everything has been thoughtful.

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KateC
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Would like to commend the owners and staff at the Hollybush for all their efforts complying with the COVID-19 guidelines. Their ordering system is as straightforward as it can be, service was fab as always and although the menu is significantly reduced, the quality of the food is still fab.

We were worried it would feel awkward or too clinical but had a lovely evening :)

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DaisyR
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Love the Holly Bush, I regularly visit. However we ate food this time, had the meat burger and the falafel burger but they were both a bit bland an dry I'm afraid. Service was fantastic though, they're always lovely in there

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DebC
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was just lovely, it felt very safe, everyone was taking proper measures, but it also felt nearly normal!!!
Looking forward to a larger menu, but understand it will take a bit of time.

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LouiseG
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly efficient staff, lovely atmosphere

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DaveM
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Excellent service in these difficult times excellent food as always.Took a bit of time getting used to the new ordering system.Not much atmosphere now because of having to put all the social distancing rules in place but obviously not the fault of the Hollybush.
A pub is a social place to go and obviously with the new rules it is very difficult to be sociable which is unfortunately a sign of the times.

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PamelaG
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great lunch with friends. Food always very good and nice to be able to have choice of smaller lunchtime portions. Coffee and cake for dessert was a brilliant idea too - thanks to the waitress for suggesting it. It was nosier than usual - just one of those things - unfortunately there was a table of about 8 men having lunch before going off to watch football by the look of it. Nothing to worry about - just lots of laughter which was a bit loud at times. We will be back soon hopefully!

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Nick
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience3

After many good meals over several years, this visit for a Sunday roast was the second disappointing experience recently. Our meals were served quickly after ordering - too quickly, the roast potatoes were barely cooked. On mentioning it to a member of staff we accepted the offer of replacements; these were slightly better but not anything like good roast potatoes should be. Also, the other veg was only just cooked and not as they should be with a roast. Clearly the kitchen wasn't prepared for demand and was more concerned with speed of delivery than the quality of what they were serving.

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OpenTable Diner
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Roast dinner was bland gravy had no flavour and the roast parsnip hard

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