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The Holly Bush, Bristol

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29 Bath Road
Bridgeyate
Bristol
BS30 5JP
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Holly Bush

Re-opened a year or so ago after a prolonged spell of closure, it has now had an extensive refurbishment and is quite a different venue to what it was many years ago. I remember going in here in my youth and it was almost like a mini-nightclub – pitch black except for the flashing lights and loud, pounding music. Quite unexpected for the area, and totally different to what it is now.

Inside it consists of a central bar area with dining areas to either side. Décor is quite contemporary with a mixture of slate tiling and wood strip on the floor, pale green and cream paintwork and some white wood panelling along the front wall. The smaller dining area to the left was separated off from the bar with wooden balustrade, fashioned to make it look very old, and a wall with planks of wood affixed to it. A few artwork drawings were on the wall, mostly it would appear of animals related to food such as a pheasant, pig and rabbit. Elsewhere were a few old black and white photographs. The larger “garden restaurant” was off to the right and this looked to be in an extension to the original building with large, full height glass windows all along the front. The bar area was probably the cosiest part in a modern sort of way, and included a Chesterfield sofa as well as some exposed brickwork. There was also much use made of both white and green glazed tiling. Unusually there was a gecko, or some similar reptile, in a tank next to the bar which I suppose makes a change from the more usual tropical fish.

The food menu offered a selection of dishes that were perhaps a step or two up from your normal pub grub, but still included options such as fish pie and a burger. Main courses were mostly in the £10 - £12 range and there was also a small specials board. My fish & chips was a decent portion and tasty enough, but the batter was rather greasy. Mrs B’s Moroccan lamb tagine with apricot cous cous though was really very good indeed; again, a generous portion, tender chunks of lamb and very tasty.

Beers on tap were Severn Vale Nibley, Blindmans Buff, Gem and Moors Elmo’s Fire. Ciders meanwhile were Symonds Founders Reserve, Bounders and Orchard Pig Reveller, the latter of which went down a treat.

On 20th November 2015 - rating: 7
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Jonathan Wilde left this review about The Holly Bush

Sign outside says opening March 2014.
14/12/13 Rumoured to be reopening March 2014 PW Winter edition.

On 6th January 2014 - no rating submitted
[User has posted 359 recommendations about 340 pubs]

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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Dave McNally
Keynsham, 3.33 miles, 1 hr 4 min walk (show)
Stapleton Road, 5.5 miles, 1 hr 46 min walk (show)
Lawrence Hill, 5.56 miles, 1 hr 47 min walk (show)
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20th Nov 2015, 10:48
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29th Oct 2015, 12:49
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 04 September 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 20 November 2015 by Blackthorn _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 20 November 2015 by Blackthorn _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 04 September 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 20 November 2015 by Blackthorn _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 06 June 2014 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 04 September 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 04 September 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Micropub : No last updated 20 November 2015 by Blackthorn _
  • Pinball : No last updated 20 November 2015 by Blackthorn _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 20 November 2015 by Blackthorn _
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 20 November 2015 by Blackthorn _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 09 May 2014 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 20 November 2015 by Blackthorn _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 04 September 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
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