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Holly Bush Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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Holly Bush Lane | Makeney, Belper DE56 0RX, England
+44 1332 841729
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Derby, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We knew we would get a good pork cantata here which we did but no gravy we kept asking they were pass I g the message on still got none. Then we tried to order dessert we told him and he said he would be back no one came grr

Thank Jj B
Derby, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After a long walk from Little Eaton this is a welcome stop. Great pub, great food, good beers, think I might just go there now...

Thank HolidayGrump
Derby, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love this place. Whether it's popping in for a pint after a walk in the summer or sitting by one of the open fires in the summer, I could not think of many pubs I'd rather visit. Great selection of beers and the best pub snacks of anywhere i've ever been - proper pork pies, scotch eggs and all... More 

Thank derbygirl1985
Derby, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Heard good stories about this place but i had never actually been so decided to try the Sunday roast ! nicely presented beef in a large yorkshire pudding with perfectly cooked veg and gravy !! sat in a lovely room facing the open fire ! warm friendly and cosy and just how a village pub should be ! book to... More 

Thank Bowie1960
los angles
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is many years since i last visited the old Holly Bush pub,in fact during the early sixties when George Flint kept it he being a landlord of some repute locally!!Many pubs have become gin palaces but not this one as the main interior remains much as it was--a proper country pub tucked away from the main road although it... More 

Thank ambergate
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I took our daughter to a party in Duffield and were told that parents did not need to stay, so we found ourselves with a couple of hours free, we decided to go to the Holly Bush for lunch and a drink. We were met by extremely pleasant and helpful staff, who really know how to make... More 

Thank Neville L
Leicester, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We’ve been calling in here on and off for years and the last couple of visits have noticed it’s been steadily going down hill. This last visit has finished me off though. The beer form the jug was only just ok. The cheese platter we were given had a piece of sweaty mouldy cheese on it, we thought it was... More 

Thank ExDerby
Belper, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Food great but furniture uncomfortable and tables too close to next table. I would return. Have really enjoyed the bars and beer well looked after sublime choice and flavour . Lovely fire

1 Thank billie clare r
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting this pub is a bit like stepping back in time. The interior can hardly have changed since it was built, and is a delightful jumble of beams, low ceilings, uneven floors and quaint nooks and crannies. The range of draught beers, ales and ciders on offer is impressive and the service is also reminiscent of years gone by, with... More 

Thank suemartin1232016
Chris_Landl0rd, Manager at Holly Bush Inn, responded to this review

Hi thanks for the review, nothing worse than not knowing what drink to get because you don't know what any of them taste like! Hope to see you again soon to try some more! Regards James Bar Manager More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came for a beer with the family, kids loved it, great range of ales to choose from. My only suggestion would be to use the old red phone box as a feature rather than somewhere to put high chairs.

Thank mrpip32

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
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
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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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?