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Hollybush, Elstree

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Yorky73 - 26 Jul 2016 20:47
As of 21st April 2014 the Hollybush remains CLOSED.
Number11 - 23 Apr 2014 18:15
This pub is now closed and for sale.
rikky - 16 Sep 2011 13:39
Some would call the layout and pub 'quirky' though I would say more weird. Three sections, one housing a pool table and the others with an odd arrangement of seating amid SAS novels. No proper ale so went for the unusual keg Bass which tasted like a lager with colour. I was the only person apart from the friendly enough character behind the bar. Looks like both Radlett and Elstree will soon be without a pub.
anonymous - 22 Nov 2010 16:41
This pub has definitely improved recently, and is now the only pub left in the High Street. The decor is basically unchanged, and they've kept the old photos on the walls - good. There's also a guest beer, currently Marstons Pedigree at £2.60 a pint, which is good stuff. But there's still no food, and several of the regulars carry on effing and blinding even when there are children around. The litmus test: if I lived in Elstree would I drink here more often? The answer is yes, but without much enthusiasm.
historyloony - 18 Oct 2009 10:58
The manager and his barstaff are first-rate: friendly, hospitable and efficient. Also worth noting- the Guinness is excellent, as the boys take their cellar duties very seriously.

Having said that, it's not one of the greats. The pool table dominates the pub to the exclusion of a proper seating arrangement and there's an unfortunate whiff of pikey about too many of the regulars.

A curate's egg of a pub.
Boswell - 29 Sep 2009 12:59
My partner and me went in their seeking refreshment on a bloody hot day - we had walked from Totteridge and were on our way to Edgware. What a lovely funny bunch of souls there were in this pub on the Sunday we went in. The only downside was there were no real beers on - but the hospitality was so welcoming. This place would piss all over the East bar and restaurant up the road if it provided basic nosh for walkers and locals, plus proper beers. But I can't fault them for the basic start in pub life - manners. Ray seems like a legend - birthday coming up and wants a fancy dress do..........get in!!!
But do get some real beer mate....
paulio1966 - 25 Aug 2009 17:23
I'm going in there this week, watch this space; although I have noticed some of the comments are a couple of years old.
Fig - 3 Mar 2009 16:46
This is a beautiful building in pleasant village location and I really wish I could find something else good to say about it.. less just say its better enjoyed from the outside as the staff are neanderthals and the locals are every manner of scum..
if you are a decent person, alternative dresser, or a woman alone dont go there..
lucywillow - 23 Oct 2008 18:36
It’s such a shame to see what has become of this pub. From the outside it clearly a bit beaten up but that is a mark of its age. The interior also has some historic features including a large open fireplace and a low beamed ceiling. However it seems to have been taken over by a bunch of “couldn’t care less” chavs and the atmosphere is more akin to a kids playground or a crèche than a pub. Shame.

Millay - 28 Jul 2007 13:07
hitmanstud - 17 Jul 2007 15:38
Woeful pub. I only trundled in to get out of the rain and stop my plunger from rusting, but this was a mistake. I thought Elstree was meant to be a well-heeled kind of place, but the Hollybush is grubby, smokey and contains customers whose vocabluary is restricted to one word (which begins with F). Never again. Shocking.
dalekemperor - 19 May 2007 18:17
My grandad drank here 50 years ago, but I don't think he'd like it today. The building is relatively unchanged, the barman was friendly enough and you can play pool or darts. But the choice of drinks was very limited, the atmosphere smoky and there were several inebriated customers effing and blinding quite loudly. So the atmosphere was not welcoming.
historyloony - 4 Feb 2006 20:17

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