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The Holly Bush, Osney, Oxford

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106 Bridge Street
Oxford
OX2 0BD
Phone: 01865242333
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Holly Bush

A pleasant pub in Osney, just off the main road, which feels as though it was modernised a while ago so is starting to look a bit dated. There is a drinking area at the front, a dining area with an open-plan pizza oven kitchen in the middle and a garden at the rear. Various entertainments were offered on different nights. Ales showing were 3 from Charlie Wells plus Ghost Ship as guest, however only the Origin was on at time of visit which was drinkable enough. Would happily have stayed for an evening.

On 20th October 2022 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about The Holly Bush

Recently reopened - it was boarded up when I passed by two years ago - this pub has been dramatically smartened up since the previous review and is now part of the Charles Wells' Pizza Pots Pints branded subdivision.
Situated in a lovely scenic location on Osney Island by the Thames, there's a very new interior which is essentially modern fake 'Victorian' with lots of dark wood and some bare brick to the fireplace; furniture is conventional and traditional with some velour upholstered armchairs. The bar front is similarly woody with a tiled bar apron and a little modern shiny white glazed tiling to the bar back.
Due to the pestilence, opening times were reduced and typical protocols were in place. We got off to a bad start when the front door's mounted sanitiser dispenser ejaculated onto my shoe.
Once inside, a friendly barmaid took me through their electronic requirements, service only being available to those with a smartphone. First, select your drink of choice and size, then select the table number. Next, fill in the phone and email fields. Then of all things, I had to submit my bank details. I didn't feel comfortable giving this to a pub and couldn't in any event as, due to using my phone to make payments, guess what? I didn't have my card on me so as I couldn't comply with the pub's requirements, I had to leave - Hans Gruber had an easier time breaking into the Nakatomi Bank's vault.
For the record, beers included Directors' (£4.30) and 'Charlie Wells' Pale (this seems to be the hipster wing of Charles Wells); thereafter two unused pumps.
This is an adequate modern/traditional pub in a great spot, but it's a bit of a hike from the city centre so I don't envisage a return visit, even when normality returns.

On 4th September 2020 - rating: 5
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Quinno _ left this review about The Holly Bush

A massive refurb here after purchase by Charlie Wells, involving a huge amount of internal repositioning and the addition of a rear dining room. The current vogue of light wood planking and exposed brick is present and correct though thankfully done in a restrained and tasteful manner. Three ales on; Courage Directors, Adnams Ghost Ship and Marstons 61 Deep (NBSS 4). A massive improvement, hats off to Wells. 6.5

August 2014
Set back from the main road in an ostensibly pretty location, this is sadly a fairly beaten-up GK pub. Bare boarded, open-plan room with a white and oxford blue (painted quarter length wood panelling) colour scheme. A pool table dominates one side of the room, alongside a dart board. Fairly loud and charmless music pounded away throughout my stop from the jukey. Furnishings are, like the rest of the pub, pretty basic and quite battered. Oddly amongst the spartan decor was an upright piano and some sort of mini antique jukebox (for decoration only). Basic unkempt rear smoking patio with a large target and scoreboard but no indication as to why. Door marked B&B here, not sure if accommodation is offered. Two pumps with just Doom Bar (so-so) on, served by a very friendly barmaid. Could be so much more. Rated 4

On 5th March 2020 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Oxford, 0.29 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Oxford Parkway, 4.25 miles, 1 hr 22 min walk (show)
Radley, 5.71 miles, 1 hr 50 min walk (show)
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20th Oct 2022, 18:29
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20th Oct 2022, 18:25
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 01 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 01 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 02 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes - basic rear patio - last updated 13 January 2020 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 01 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 02 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 01 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes - In the bar area. - last updated 01 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 02 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 01 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 01 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 01 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 02 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 02 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 01 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 01 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 01 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 23 May 2022 by paulof horsham
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 01 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 02 January 2021 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 02 January 2021 by Quinno _
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