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Holly Bush Inn

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Bar, British, Pub
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Holly Bush Lane | Makeney, Belper DE56 0RX, England
+44 1332 841729
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12:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Prague, Czech Republic
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76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been coming to the Holly Bush for the past 30 years when we visit friends in Duffield . It never changes , lovely atmosphere , warm fires , fantastic selection of beers . A time capsule .

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Thank 817dave
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found the Holly bush inn via google. It had some good reviews so decided to have a look, I ordered the turkey gravy dinner. It was really nice. Good hearty dinner, lovely turkey and stuffing with fresh veg. Nail on the head. Will definatly be going back. Lovely 👍🏻

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LANCASHIRE
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely rustic pub, good choice of traditional beers, open fires, good range of pub snack's, great pork pies!

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Thank WOBBLY-BEE
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really cosy and lovely pub. We were staying in a nearby hotel and walked down to the pub one evening. The instant you walk in you feel a proper pub atmosphere. Fires in every room. Delicious ciders and ales. Families and friends sat around talking. Dogs sat under chairs. Really lovely! Would visit again if we were in the area... More 

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Thank BonkersAmelia
Chris_Landl0rd, Manager at Holly Bush Inn, responded to this review

Hi! Glad you enjoyed our cosy pub! Hopefully it wont be too long before you are back in the area again so you can visit! Kind regards James Munro Bar Manager More 

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301 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Typical and real pub, not a tourist attraction! Very warm atmosphere, many rooms and fireplaces and it's always nice to talk to this people. You cannot miss it if you are here around!

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Thank LukeSkywalker_1975
Chris_Landl0rd, Manager at Holly Bush Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! Always nice to hear positive things! Hopefully see you soon! Kind regards James Munro Bar Manager More 

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76 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Great pub, really interesting inside , staff friendly, highly recommended have to put 100 characters lol

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Thank photosrme
Chris_Landl0rd, Manager at Holly Bush Inn, responded to this review

Hi thanks for the review! Glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you soon! Kind regards James Munro Bar Manager More 

Astley
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Within easy waling distance of our hotel. Bar staff very friendly and service was good. Nice open fire to make the room very cosy.

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Thank peter_matthews15
Chris_Landl0rd, Manager at Holly Bush Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! Hopefully if you're up in the area again you'll find time to pay us a visit! Kind regards James Munro Bar Manager More 

Walsall, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We visited here as it was just over the road from our hotel and loved it. Fantastic choice of unusual beers, lots of snugs to sit and enjoy your drink and 3 roaring fires. The locals were lovely and knowledgable about places to visit and other good nearby pubs. The bar snacks like the cheese platter looked yummy. Will come... More 

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Thank Elly1974
Chris_Landl0rd, Manager at Holly Bush Inn, responded to this review

Hi! Good to hear you enjoyed your visit so much you'd come back just to visit the pub! Hopefully next time you have time to try some of our bar snacks, or even our lunch menu! Kind regards James Munro Bar Manager More 

Defford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We visited here, as my wife used to visit as a young teenager when her schoolfriends father ran the pub.What a lovely place, great choice of beers, 12 real ales available, some from the jug, no restaurant meals in the evening, just pork pies and cheese platers, no music, just alovely warm log fire

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Thank deffordalan66
Chris_Landl0rd, Manager at Holly Bush Inn, responded to this review

Hi! thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed your visit, nothing can beat a good ale and a bit of pork pie by the fire! Kind regards James Munro Bar Manager More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Fantastic pub grub, massive portions and served in an excellent, old-fashioned interior. Good atmosphere and a top place to spend the afternoon. It's the sort of old-fashioned English pub that's becoming a very rare breed.

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Thank Mark N
Chris_Landl0rd, Manager at Holly Bush Inn, responded to this review

Hi! cheers for the great review! Glad you enjoyed your visit! Its a shame such pubs are becoming so rare but the good news is we don't plan on going anywhere! Kind regards James Munro Bar Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:30
Monday
12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Holly Bush Lane | Makeney, Belper DE56 0RX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Belper
  • Phone Number: +44 1332 841729
Description
A warm welcome awaits you at our family run pub, a hub for real ale drinkers and walkers alike. A traditional 17th century village inn, where highwayman Dick Turpin is reported to have frequented on his travels. An increasingly rare breed of unspoilt inn, where time has stood still, encapsulating the character and charm of the building. With fresh homecooked food, a selection of fine real ales and warmth from the open fires, there is much to tempt you. Nothing comes close to our pork pie and a pint!

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