The Hollybush

4.3
141 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Casual
The Hollybush is an independent family run pub near to the Bristol and Bath border and a stones throw away from the Bath Ales Brewery.

Closed for several years, we opened in March 2014 after a major refurbishment. We’re everything you’d wish a country pub to be we have great beer ( 5 real ales, 4 ciders & 5 lagers) , extensive gin list with over 40 types of gin, hand picked wine list and cocktails.

Our restaurant serves classic home cooked dishes using local and seasonal produce. Our meat, veg and fish is delivered fresh everyday and you can sit in comfort in the restaurant and watch our chefs at work in our open plan kitchen.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Gastro Pub
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Hours of Operation
Mon-Sat 12:00pm-11:00pm
Sun 12:00pm-10:30pm
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Phone number
0117 239 5879
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Parking Details
We have a car park with 26 spaces 2 of which are for disabled parking.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 141 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious Sunday lunch, big portions, fresh, tasty, couldn't fault it!

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SR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We have dined at the Holly Bush on a previous occasion when we had Sunday Lunch, it was lovely but the food was completely cold when it was served.

On this occasion, the food was lovely, my starter of black pudding and poached egg, however, was only slightly warm when served. My main course, sea bass was very good and I am now converted to eating sweet potato!

We will certainly visit again as it is a lovely venue.

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ES
Bristol
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Limited menu choice and quite expensive. Very lively pub with a lot wide age range. Disappointing menu choice however.

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LT
Bristol
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to the Hollybush and I was very impressed. The waitress had just the right approach - friendly but no over familiar and her knowledge of the menu and recommendations was superb. The food was fresh and hot and delicious. I was meeting family and one of our party was a small child. The child's needs were met fully as well.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

the food was good but the night spoilt by two very noisy tables. It was impossible to have a conversation with out raising your voice

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RH
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a nice evening. Although when we arrived it felt like they weren't expecting us. It appears there was a new chef started that day. The menu online had changed due to new chef so the dish I had planned was not an option. A small menu so I had the veggie option which was nice but expensive for what it was.

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AS
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, with heathy option. Had a great family get together

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MB
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

This was a meal to celebrate my birthday as we had visited the previous month and really liked it. Sadly, my husband had a hair in his meal & my son had the healthy option jambalaya which was served in a Kilner jar and was overpriced and inadequate. It was runny and not worth the price, very poor indeed. I requested that those 2 main meals were removed from the bill and this was done without hesitation. Overall, my fellow diners left hungry & it ruined my birthday as the venue had been my suggestion. Really like the decor, service and ambiance of this pub but sadly the food was not up to standard in this occasion.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve recently moved to the area and have heard of the Hollybush from friends. The ambience was great, the food was exquisite, and the drinks were perfect. A great selection of beer, gin and wine. The staff were more than welcoming. Would highly recommend!!!

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J
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food with an impeccable warming welcoming vibe! Defiantly will be returning time and time again!

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BD
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had a lovely evening with good friends. Food and atmosphere very good.

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RM
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and accommodating pub with an excellent menu.

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SO
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booking was easy, service was OK for my party , but could understand if comments were made about it being slow. At the the time there was at least two other meetings of minimum 12 people in each.
The staff were excellent and nothing was too much trouble even though they were very busy.
Meals were served hot and enjoyed by all.

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GC
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a warm welcome with good friendly service, relaxing atmosphere, gentle background music, real ales and very good quality food.

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PA
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Too noisey like sitting in public bar poor waitress service

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EH
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I have eaten at the Holly Bush before and enjoyed the food. However the meal I chose this time was bland and uninspiring. The service and surroundings were fine.

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PP
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent Sunday lunch. Although it was 4.00pm the food still tasted freshly cooked.
Staff brilliant and all in walking distance!

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JG
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food as always. Shame a few options on the menu wasn’t available however didn’t ruin anything and the food we ate was delicious.

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SL
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was presented nicely but had no flavour and was cold

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NR
Bath
7 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

As it's very much on our doorstep we've never been disappointed - on this occasion some of the dishes were a little bland - the hake & chorizo dish had a tomato 'sauce' with it which just tasted of tomato puree & the accompanying prawns were overcooked. Puds & starters & the other mains all good, good beer & vino & good table to catch up with old friends. Service was better this time too as can wait a bit too long for food on some visits. Definitely be back.

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L
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice setting, good food but waited over 30 minutes before food arrived which was the only negative

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RB
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and service and good value too👌👌😍👌😍👌😍👌🛣👌😍😍😍😍👌😍😍😍😍😍😍😍⛪️⛪️⛪️⛪️⛪️⛪️⛪️

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B
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice evening. Excellent food and very attentive service.

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JI
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you to James and all his energetic and friendly staff, great food and a great night. James I

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RM
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Sunday roast I’ve had in a long time. We’ll definitely be back.

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S
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This was a family Sunday lunch. The service was attentive - but not overly so -and the meal was tasty and we enjoyed it very much.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The standard of food is excellent,that is the reason we eat with you.

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WM
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Apart from the starter taking 45 minutes would definitely go again and recommend.
Waitresses very good and friendly cosey atmosphere

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SH
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food at reasonable price, but spoilt by long wait for starter and main (90 mins before main served). Appreciate pub was busy but some awareness may have helped (whisper quietly maybe some bread and olives or free drink may have alleviated wait). Kitchen appeared under sized/staffed for number of customers. So coming away I remember the wait rather than the quality of food...

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JB
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We came for my husbands birthday. The food was delicious and the service was great. I think we’ll visit again

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KS
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, great food - Can’t wait to come back!

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D
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I have been here on a few occasions and every time I’m disappointed 😞 the food is very good but the service is atrocious last night there was only two other tables with customers and two waitresses who just hung around the kitchen, I had to call out to one of them just to get our food ordered. My drink was served in a dirty lipstick covered glass. All in all not the greatest experience and will not be returning as fed up with being ignored by staff. The only saving grace was the young lad behind the Bar who was very helpful and sorted the dirty glass immediately with a fresh drink. Such a shame as could be a fab place to go if only the waiting staff were more attentive.

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SE
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent and the service friendly and efficient. The restaurant was very hot and a little uncomfortable (we were sat by a window on a hot day) even though there was a blind - that I did pull down I feel it needed more air circulating and they obviously have a wasp problem. Small complaints that wouldnt stop me returning.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I had the lamb which was the best I’d had in a long time. It was beautifully tender and a lovely flavour.

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MD
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was lovely and the staff very friendly and polite

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KG
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very pleased with the whole experience. Easy booking. Was expected even though we were early. Lovely round table for 4. Nice cocktails and good wine list. Perfect food but unable to taste the sweets as too full, but will try next time. Would recommend.

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SE
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Fish and chips worse I have ever had, so greasy I had to leave the batter, and this made the chips soggy, such a long wait we almost cancelled also grumpy staff
Will not return

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TL
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First time booking through the Open Table website, really easy to use and great place to eat with helpful attentive staff.

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SA
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, small but interesting menu, friendly, helpful and attentive staff

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DH
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Had the duck salad starter which was very disappointing as there was very little duck.

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