The Hollybush

4.2
248 reviews
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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.

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MB
Bath
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent pub with good value tasty food, Dog friendly as well

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LO
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Group of ten ate here for a birthday treat. Staff are professional and very happy, chatty. Food was wonderful, everyone said how nice the food was.
Will be returning in the future for sure.

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c
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Very friendly and helpful staff. Service was very good. Sunday lunches were ok, but the roast potatoes and parsnips were a bit dried and tough. Generous amount of delicious gravy helped though. Pressed Lamb was stringy although the roast beef was excellent. Good wine list. Reasonably priced for good quality.
Lovely desserts.

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HH
Bristol
4 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service

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LW
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and good price too we as a group of 10 loved it

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LW
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and value for money. A great evening! Will definitely be returning, and will happily recommend to others.

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PM
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food not particularly good, ordered 1 x Large Cesar salad and 1 x small Cesar salad and chicken, bacon sandwich on white bread.

Absolutely no difference in the sizes of the two salads other than the larger one having considerably more lettuce.

Despite having ordered sandwich on white bread it was served on Granary.

Despite having heard good things about the restaurant it was quite underwhelming.

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N
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to holy bush restaurant Father’s Day good quality food really enjoyed it & good service !!
Been there a few times now & will go again !!!

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BH
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

For drinks yes as it is a nice place for drinks with friends and if the sun is shinning it has really nice outdoor seating. Not for food though for the portion sizes it is a lot of money and the quality is really no that great. Recent roast only had two slices of meat three potatoes which were hard and limited veg - the Yorkshire was massive and very nice though but tbh it was not enough for my husband.

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O
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

We booked a table to celebrate Fathers Day (as we have eaten here regularly this year) but we were sadly disappointed on this occasion. Firstly we booked for 12.30pm but did not get served until gone 2pm with no explanation about a wait or delay (we could see it was busy so had guessed there might be a wait but nearly 2 hours seemed unacceptable.) When the food came (we mainly had roast dinners) the carrots were rock hard, the roast potatoes were burnt and the parsnips clearly needed part boiling before roasting. The Kale, the gravy and the beef were delicious. However the lamb rolled pesto looked huge and was presented as a block of shredded meat. The special steak meal looked lovely but the chips were cold. We had 2 children’s meals which also came last (and this has happened before) so I would encourage chef to ensure the children’s meals come out first please. Then desserts came with cold instead of hot custard and came in 3 rounds (2 people finished their dessert when the next 2 received theirs). The service however was generally super (thank you to the waiters and waitresses who were clearly working hard) except we had some desserts served with cutlery and others without. The car park was too small for the amount of customers and bookings taken that day and clearly the kitchen could not cope. Perhaps we will try again when the pub isn’t booked to capacity to see if the roast veg and kitchen speed has improved.

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NC
Bath
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The service was poor even though we were the first to be served Sunday lunch.
The ‘shoestring’ chips with the burger looked like McCain ovens chunky chips, the fish batter was soft and the ‘tomato salsa’ in the burger was a cherry tomato chopped into 4 pieces.
The staff did apologise for the wait and advised of issues with the kitchen, although no one asked how the food was once we were eating.
Not a great experience

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HH
Bristol
4 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, some classics and a few extras on the menu. Good and friendly service. Recommended

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AM
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Such a shame it was so busy and not enough staff. We ended up ordering ourselves at the bar and paying at the bar, because after 30 minutes no one had taken our order or popped over to say "hello".

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HM
Bath
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Very disappointed that the gluten-free menu did not include a desert. I was not informed of this until time to order desert. We hadn’t had a starter as we were going to have desert. So I was left to just have a coffee with my daughter had her desert. Really not good enough. They did offer to adjust a normal desert to make it gluten-free however I really do not appreciate having to pay full price when items are removed from the dish. Had we been told when we first ordered I would’ve had a starter and main. I did specify on the booking that we would require gluten-free. Very disappointed however the food I did have was lovely

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HH
Bristol
4 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice food and good service, shame the cheesecake was not on the menu

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DH
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Very disappointing - we previously visited & had nothing but great reviews & the food was fantastic. We advocated the Hollybush to many friends & family.
There is a completely different menu now which does not compare to previous. We were seated right by the kitchen which was noisy in general & lots of raised voices from order errors. Starters was messed up & had to cancel one serving as would not come out until the mains were ready! Gammon was water based & poor. The cod & chips was decent & a tasty dish. The burger was good.
Beers & wines were a good choice, but wont be going back again. Shame!

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T
Bath
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Very friendly and welcoming

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OT
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Barnsley Chop, done to a turn. Hollybush burger as excellent as ever. Wash it all down with well kept beer and a gorgeous glass of Malbec. Yum!

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HH
Bristol
4 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and friendly service

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JJ
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good choice of starters for dinner like tapas. Very good and rhubarb dessert a dream

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H
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice table by the window, good food, good range of drinks but a little spoiled by the length of time we had to wait for our food! We have been to the Holly Bush many times before and service has never been as slow as it was on this visit.

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Bath
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new menu was amazing, always love the atmosphere and staff are very friendly

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HC
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food in the restaurant is really good and decent portions. The service is excellent and the waiting staff are very friendly. It can get a bit noisy if there is a loud party in the restaurant as the tables are close to each other. Overall a really nice friendly Resturant.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Roast dinners on Sunday very hot and miss. Some elements were delicious, but others (including the Yorkshire epidemics and roast potatoes) were cold and dry.

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GR
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was well cooked and flavoursome however a small portion.
We had a roast dinner which came with 3 small, hard roast potatoes and 3! green beans.
Service was very slow too. We sat with dirty plates on our table for 25 minutes.
We would return as the majority of the food we received was good but wouldn’t go for the roast.

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NA
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Visited on Saturday 13th April. Nice, warm welcome. We had booked in advance but it wasn’t that busy on the day and we were offered a choice of seating. Good selection of lagers & ale, the Butcombe was excellent. Selection of light bites and normal sized meals for lunch. Food served promptly, well cooked pub grub and portions on the generous side. Dog friendly in the bar area but not the restaurant section (we have a dog but that’s fair enough in my book). Would recommend and would definitely return.

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WR
Bath
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food brilliant service friendly staff would recommend the hollybush to anyone

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LH
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another fabulous meal. The staff are extremely friendly. Excellent service and great food. Would definitely recommend this pub.

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HS
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third visit and once again the service was excellent, the food was top rate (all three course) all enjoyed with a bottle of very nice chardonnay. We will be back very soon😊

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TG
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We were given the wrong size table rather than one for 7 we were all squashed on table 6.
After taking are orders the waitress came back to advise they'd ran out of pork and lamb. 5 of us on the table wanted pork. Leaving little left on the menu but chicken or beef!
Had we been told this on arrival we would of not been so disappointed.
The manager then came up too apologise which didnt seem fitting as after he impolitely said are you eating or not very unprofessional very rude.
This was mine my daughters and friends mother's day and it been simply ruined by bad management organisation and rude manners.
It was a struggle at the last minute to get another table so the whole day was ruined.
Table was booked for 5pm they had ample time to prepare their guests.

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KL
Bath
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food and service was abysmal. My husband’s beef was so rare we thought it was going to walk off the plate. Veg dried up. They had ran out of some of our food choices. We ordered desserts and after waiting 40 mins the waiter realised he had our order in his pocket and hadn’t even put the order in. We were fuming. Manager knocked 20% off the bill but wouldn’t go there again.

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OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We have had far better meals at the holly bush the lamb was tasteless hard roast potatoes food not very warm expected better of them overall experience not very good we have been going to the holly bush for a few years now so we where surprised

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F
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely pub, small menu. Meals are abit pricey but they are good quality, especially the white chocolate cheesecske! Yum! Good for special occasions due to the price. Staff are very friendly would visit again.

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G
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice place to go staff very friendly. Although the food was nice it was a limited menu. My advice would be to look online first at the menu to see what is on offer. There was only one item on the special board.

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PH
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal here of Gammon, Egg & chips. Ask if you are Gluten free and they will help. Little bit pricey compared to other places but this is a 'gastro pub, so that's probably why! Can recommend.

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PP
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always, lovely food, great service, friendly and helpful staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We’d booked a long while ago to join friends at this local pub for a pre-holiday meal but they’d run out of food choices on the already limited menu and also on the specials board as well as running out of our choice of drink!
The manager wasn’t at all helpful and made no attempt to improve a negative situation - a little empathy and a simple ‘sorry’ is all that was needed.
The waiting team remained professional and polite throughout.

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MG
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

They were very welcoming. All the staff were very helpful and attentive.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice Sunday lunch but I would prefer more diverse vegetables. Still would go back!

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EC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Limited menu. We chose sandwiches but they had ran out of the bread but we were offered ciabatta instead. It was delicious. Service was very good too. Would recommend.

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