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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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Sunbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have just returned from a weekend in Makeney. We visited this pub on Friday afternoon. Full of character, with open fires and great ales on offer, The place has a very welcoming atmosphere. We sat in the snug and ended up chatting to a couple of the locals, that made us feel very welcome. If you're in the area,... More 

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1 Thank Richard P
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Real fires, real ales, real olde world pub. Just perfect taste of our heritage. Like stepping back in time, but with all the latest and interesting new brews from independent breweries, even from the Orkney Isles. Very nice.

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1 Thank Lindsey I
Chris_Landl0rd, Manager at Holly Bush Inn, responded to this review

Hi, thanks for the great review, glad you enjoyed your visit, we have had several beers on recently from swannay brewery in the Orkney isles, and they have all been fantastic! Just goes to show you never know when or where you'll find your next great pint. Kind regards James Bar Manager More 

Belper, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Holly Bush is our local pub of choice for quality beer and food with a unique and traditional ambiance. Focused on informality and quality, the selection of beer is excellent with a great choice of alternatives for none ale drinkers. Food is excellent, from the menu or the bar snacks. Kid and dog friendly. Enjoy sitting by a roaring... More 

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

Hi thanks for the great review, glad you find us worth a visit all year round, hope to see you again soon! Kind regards James Bar Manager More 

Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

At short notice my group and i Pre booked an hour slot a few days before Christmas. Despite this the staff were able to comfortably seat us, feed us and water us. We all thought ,"that's it/ time to go as our hour was up"-However we stopped for an extra hour despite a long queue outside thanks to the team.... More 

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

Hi there, thanks for such a lovely review! We always try to be as accommodating as possible, and all our food is sourced fresh from local producers to guarantee the best meal possible! Hope to see you again soon! Kind regards James Bar Manager More 

Derbyshire, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I read a review of the Holly bush on here recently and its disappeared? Essentially a customer was talking about the table set up in the conservatory and opening on Christmas Day. I dont use the Holly bush an awful lot but its generally always a nice cosy pub with good pies and beer and polite staff. The young guy... More 

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1 Thank George R
Stockport, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst staying nearby at the Makeney Hall Hotel, we walked up the hill about 100 yards to the Holly Bush Inn. It was between Christmas and New Year and the place was rammed. Each of three main rooms had open fires and were crammed to capacity. The 'conservatory' at the back was full as well and people were sat outside... More 

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

Hi there, thanks for such a great review! Glad you enjoyed the pie and cheese, always a firm favourite! Hopefully you'll get the chance to visit again, if you do, try and come for lunch! Kind regards James Bar Manager More 

Belper
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Never disappointed with The Holly Bush. We booked in for a family lunch between Xmas and new year, always great service and great food. We've been coming here for years as it's a great walk over from where we live. The only small negative comments made from our group is that we noticed that portion sizes (particularly the delicious chips!)... More 

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Thank Bec7ky7
Chris_Landl0rd, Manager at Holly Bush Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review! Sorry to hear you feel you aren't getting your fill of our delicious chips, hopefully next time you visit the portions will be more than enough to fill you up! Kind regards James Bar Manager More 

Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely area great pub plenty of real ales and ciders lovely in the summer time keep up the good work guys

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Derby, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on on a Christmas walk in the area today with a few of the family and for a change we had booked in for something to eat and drink, pulling up the car park was full as was the pub, the pub it's self looks like it's never changed in year and that's what my brother and dad said... More 

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

Thanks for the lovely review! Glad you enjoyed your visit, especially during our manic Christmas period! See you soon! Kind regards James Bar Manager More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are the two old gits which come on a Sunday night. I hear you are closed this Sunday (Christmas Day) What are we going to do!!! Just get the fire stoked up well for next Sunday! Happy Christmas to you and all the staff.

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1 Thank jenny_heaney1
Chris_Landl0rd, Manager at Holly Bush Inn, responded to this review

Glad you agree we are in fact the best pub ever! Don't worry the fires will be stoked and roaring for you this Sunday! Hope you had a good Christmas and a better new year. Kind regards James 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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
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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