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Hollybush Inn, Witney

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user reviews of the Hollybush Inn, Witney

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Looks slightly like a carbon copy of The Three Horseshoes (or is it the other way around?) Anyway, definitely majoring on the food side but offering a couple of beers - I had quite a pleasant drop of a new Greene King beer called Bohemian which was a Czech-style golden ale and not too bad - but pricey (we are looking at the £4 a pint job for some beers here). The owners have obviously agreed to go up-market and good luck to them - you set out your stall and see who buys!! There still are proper pubs in Corn Street.
mcroyal - 24 Jun 2013 22:16
Refer to the Fleece, Three Horseshoes etc. Almost identical to such places.
thomashenry - 22 Dec 2008 13:48
Fantastic place. But..... just one bitter on tap at any one time and the place is filled with 'the beautiful people' of Witney at weekends, so not really the place to go if you are a real ale lover with low self esteem. Food is first rate and very keenly priced (better than The Fleece on both counts, although I do think The Fleece is a decent place). The staff are relaxed and attentive and genuinely seem to care about both the pub and you. Great mix of customers. You can be sitting having a meal next to a table with four posh-looking grannies on one side of you and four tattoed and pierced EMOs on the other. Can get noisy and rammed pretty much any night of the week.
Tilleymeister - 1 Sep 2008 14:04
I hadn't been before it was revamped, so can't comment on whether the change is for the better or not, but this is a nice gastropub/wine bar place serving very good food at reasonable prices.

The service is also excellent, the garden's very pleasant and it's always nice to see Czech lagers on tap instead of the usual Stella/Kronenbourg selection. That said, the one pint of ale I had in there was far from the best pint I've had.
LoFi - 23 Jul 2008 12:24
Good for beer. Bad for ale.
deho - 21 Jul 2008 15:54
Boring! Don't go here for beer - you'll be disappointed.
Son - 17 Jun 2008 12:27
Sorry everybody, that last comment about bland yuppie-style bars should have applied to the neighbouring Three Horse Shoes across the road - the Hollybush has NOT closed, and it already is would-be yuppie-style wine/gastro bar.
stanley_C - 12 Jun 2008 21:23
This once-attractive pub has been closed pending conversion to a yuppie-style gastro pub/wine bar. New proprietors, one of whom was a very good chef, had just taken it over and were getting many of the old real ale customers back, but they were then stabbed in the back by a grasping brewery company one sometimes almost forgets why capitalism is so objectionable, then something like this comes along to remind us.
stanley_C - 10 Jun 2008 21:49
Nice pub, the food is good as is presentation, service is good. nice atmospshere, lovely garden especially warm summer evening.
squitch - 25 May 2008 20:00
Bought out and turned from a great venue for live music into yet another yuppie bar/restaurant!
alcapone69 - 11 Jan 2008 01:13
A trendy (supposedly) pub with prices to match.Not really a pub, more of a wine bar with prices to match.
mrabbott - 25 Dec 2007 00:59
Although the shell of the building is clearly a traditional Cotswold stone structure the interior has now been tragically modernised. It is unclear if this is a pub or a restaurant. One real ale was for sale at what appeared to be 3.00 per pint (or was I simply over-charged?). The bar staff were not particularly friendly and the customers did not want to communicate with any one but themselves. A waste of 3.00 and I will not return.
stanley_C - 7 Jul 2007 13:00
This pub has become a "mini-Fleece" type pub. The pub is now food orientated and I felt obliged to go outside just to have a drink and avoid ordering food.

Having said this the atmospshere is good.

Space will be at a premium at busy times.

routemaster - 20 Jun 2007 16:40
Another typical, Cotswold style pub in an old building that imparts a homely atmmosphere. This pub has recently changed hands.
stanley_C - 13 Mar 2007 11:46

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