The Hollybush

4.3
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330 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.

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What 330 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.4
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Rebecca
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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KatieP
Bristol
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helpful staff, friendly place and good food. We arrived early but sat and enjoyed a drink together and music in back ground was nice too.

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April
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Nice local pub with high quality food, atmosphere quite loud as music playing in bar area. Food is quite pricey but overall good quality food.

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AlanW
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience1

The Sunday lunch a few months ago was very good, but considering it was Valentines evening there was no sign of it, the music was far too loud and certainly not romantic in anyway, my food was ok but my partner did not enjoy as much and thought was over priced for what we had, there was very little choice on the menu for the evening.

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Noman
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t fault anything 👍food very good nice and hot deserts beautiful can’t wait to come again

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LisaM
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great , lovely and attentive service ! Had Sunday lunch there aswell which was outstanding

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AnneT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Party of 5 - all the meals were very good, only one option not available of our initial choices. Would recommend to friends

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Terryn
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit to The Hollybush for us. Food arrived very quickly and was enjoyed by everyone. Friendly staff.

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HannahF
Bath
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday meal at the hollybush.
Great food... yummy. Friendly staff.
Cant wait to spend valentines at hollybush

KJ
KevinJ
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, lovely atmosphere, quality and choice of food and drink excellent. Highly recommended.

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LeyP
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Enjoyed our evening, the food was good, but couldn't hear one another over the general noise.

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KarenC
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and service. We were a party of 10 and all our food came out hot and no one had to wait for their meal. Would definitely go there again.

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Meatloaf
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

One of our party ordered a steak to be cooked medium to well but when he got to the middle of it the steak was rare. They had also asked to have no rocket on the plate but it was put on regardless. Perhaps this was because the waitress took our order without writing it down.
We also noticed one of the waitresses was handling some of the dessert food having touched her hair on a number of occasions prior to this and and had she not washed her hands.

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Martyn
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our second visit, consistent friendly service, good food at sensible prices. Will return.

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