The Hollybush

4.5
585 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 585 people are saying
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AngelaW
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Table not big enough to sit 5 people and allow them to eat in comfort. Ordered shared starter and main meal but waited very long time for main meal.
Got charged twice for bottle of wine and even though the waitress knew that she said she couldnt amend bill without manager.

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RobertT
Bath
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was great but wait staff weren’t not attentive and seemed poorly trained and managed.

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KeithH
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed the food and service, although I might have thought differently if we'd been seated in the much busier and noisier bar area.

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Bezzie
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had pork loin roast and roast beef roast which were both excellent. Good portions and extra gravy on request.

Lovely hospitality from friendly staff.

Thoroughly recommend.

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PhilB
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Although the food, drink and service was fine we were concerned that there did not seem to be any social distancing measures in place, there was very little mask-wearing (even amongst the staff) and not much evidence of ventilation in the area where we sat.
The pub did not seem to be bothering with any Covid precautions and the area we sat was very crowded, with some very loud people sat next to us.

Although we like the pub and have visited a number of times in the past, we will probably not do so again at a busy time.

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HannahF
Bath
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the hollybush.
Food is amazing and great portions.
Definitely 10 out of 10!!

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Gill63
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Gorgeous roast with lovely waiting staff. The only thing we didn't like was how loud it got as more diner's arrived, perhaps it's the wooden floor that echoes the sound. We'll sit in a different part of the pub next time as there will be another visit for sure as the meal was lovely.

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Annie
Bristol
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All meals are excellent the ale pie is my favourite. Service is good always friendly and polite x love the place has a great choice of wines and gins ! And is dog friendly what more could you want !

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SallyB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Will definitely book again

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RogerD
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food nice surroundings very friendly and efficient service. Easy car parking.

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Ahhhh1
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, service and drinks. Well priced for everything.

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PaulP
Bristol
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as usual keep up the great work team !

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JulieB
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent light lunch. Good range of dishes. Service good. Lovely place to eat and catch up with friends over a good meal.

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JaneA
London
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My pork loin roast was luckwarm and cauliflower cheese, added as a payable extra, was undercooked and again luckwarm. Wasn't enough meat or veg on the plate. Had to ask for apple sauce and for the bill a couple of times. Was a disappointing first time visit for a sunday roast and won't hurry back. I was expecting the same quality of food from their normal menu.

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JudithF
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and the service by Tina was second to none. So friendly and accommodating, really made the experience so special! Thank you so much!

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jeremyc
Bristol
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dining experience. Good food good wine. Waitresses were lovely and helpful. Beers were good to. All in all very nice.

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Lizb
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal family really enjoyed it customer service and quality of food was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked it last minute. Glad we did. Very popular place and great atmosphere. Food served very quickly and was so tasty

Really enjoyed

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AndyB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the Sunday roast and it was excellent. Highly recommended.

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PaulG
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening with the family at the hollybush food was great service excellent

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LJH1
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous food! We both had a really great meal - beautifully presented, well cooked and very tasty. Thoroughly recommend.

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JoGan
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic menu. Lots of choice and well cooked. Venison was delicious.

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VickyN
Bristol
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was lovely, staff are friendly and helpful. I would recommend.

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JulieS
Bristol
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Starters disappointing & although the Sunday roast tasted nice there was only a small amount of meat & potatoes!
Had to wait long time between courses so didn’t bother with desert!

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Phoebus
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for Sunday lunch. Traditional roast with large portion served by friendly and efficient staff. Clearly popular so advisable to book.

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Dixi10664
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely lunch for my dad’s birthday

Highly recommended

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NicolaF
Bristol
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Had Sunday lunch amazing. Recommend for families

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georgiaa
Bristol
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Very lovely food and chilled vibe. Both adults and children enjoyed it.

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Anthony
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I were looking for a place we could enjoy a Sunday lunch with our boxer puppy. We had been to the Holly Bush before for drinks outside in the summer and knew they were a dog friendly establishment. We booked and I let them know on the phone that we were bringing our furry friend, we were put in a table out of the way so our little pup wasn't too distracted, the service was fast, the food was delivered promptly and piping hot and was absolutely delicious. When the bill came I was pleasantly surprised at the value. Everything about the experience was a pleasure, one that we plan to repeat very soon! Thanks Holly Bush!

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Cherry
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Helpful, friendly, attentive staff. Tasty, nicely cooked vegetables. Prompt service.
Disappointing lack of Covid awareness from staff and customers: no encouragement to wear masks when not seated. Tables too close to allow appropriate distancing while eating.

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RuthM
Bristol
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service with friendly staff, lovely food and nice atmosphere. Would definitely visit again.

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MAXINEE
Bristol
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to eat , food is fabulous with lots of choice, waiting staff are wonderful

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mullerrd
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fish and Chips dish x 2 was well prepared, of excellent quality and brought to the table with no delay. Excellent service and friendly staff.

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Carman
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good value, good Sunday lunch except was served with red cabbage, which we did not like, when the menu stated green beans. Apology was given, but we should have been advised of the change before service. Otherwise would be 5 star.

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RachelJ
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I along with our 9 year old son had an absolutely wonderful meal and dining experience here on Saturday lunchtime. Russell (The chef) and our waiter (so sorry that we didn’t catch his name) went out of their way to ensure that we were looked after. It was our first time eating at the Hollybush as a family. Our son is Autistic and often struggles with new settings until he settles and becomes familiar with the surroundings. Russell seemed to clock this without us saying anything, and happily cooked our son his favourite meal of sausages, chips and gravy (even though it wasn’t on the menu) and then created him “ a special chocolate gravy” for his pudding. All of these little touches really helped put our son at ease, so much so that he wants to know when we can go back.
The food is not your typical pub grub. It is freshly cooked to order and absolutely delicious. I had the beer battered haddock with triple cooked chips. I can honestly say it was the best fish and chips I’ve ever had. My husband had the steak and Ale pie with mashed potato and stout gravy which he absolutely loved. Thank you guys for a superb meal and a wonderful family date 🥰

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AdrianN
Bristol
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service: polite, warming, friendly and professional staff. Excellent

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MandyB
London
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great veggie option and meat eaters was really good too. Staff very attentive without imposing and didn’t rush us at all. A very nice evening

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AndrewH
Bristol
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food , but I believe a little overpriced, not extortionate and I would eat here again, but mainly as a change from my usual haunts

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Robert
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was really good, booking staff very helpful, only problem we were not told about side dishes we could add to our meal by waiting staff this could be because we ordered our roasts in advance so didn’t see a menu. Overall good experience will book again.

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RosieW
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, nice place, attentive staff. Would come again

FAQs

The Hollybush is rated 4.5 stars by 585 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.