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The Holly Bush Inn

££ - £££, British,
Salt Road | Salt, Stafford ST18 0BX, England
+44 1889 508234
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“greek salad” (8 reviews)
“mixed grill” (30 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 23:00 Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Salt Road | Salt, Stafford ST18 0BX, England
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1 - 10 of 711 reviews

Reviewed today

Went back to The Holly Bush for my Birthday meal as been before and never disappointed. Being a member of their loyalty club had a bottle of house Red on the house, they do not take advance bookings and always end up waiting for a...More

Thank roger g
Reviewed today

Excellent food, choice of menu extensive, staff nothing too much trouble for them what more could one ask for. All I can say is go and treat yourself at this very welcoming establishment which is a credit to the manager Stewart and his staff (...More

Thank JEAN L
Reviewed yesterday

We turned a short distance off the M6 to Salt and really enjoyed our lunch at the Holly Bush. The pub is nice and the staff were both welcoming and professional. We always choose snacks and their bar food was tasty and the beer (for...More

1  Thank The-Kent-Bees
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I have been better of ordering something else because the steak was more fat than meat and basically I think it should have been taken back but every one else was satisfied with theirs so didn’t want to make a fuss however as I was...More

Thank Helen S
Geoff H, Owner at The Holly Bush Inn, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your visit but we are a little bit confused. Our steaks are not served with vegetables they come with a field mushroom and chips and also we do not have broccoli as a vegetable. Also our vegetables are not...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

The Holly Bush certainly deserves its Casque Mark recognition.Two superb pints of Castle rock Blonde.Lovely to see things have not changed .A bonus to chat to Geoff and Kate .Good Luck to you both.Cheers John.

Thank redleader7
Geoff H, Owner at The Holly Bush Inn, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you John and great to see you too. All the best Geoff

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Consistently excellent. Winner of Staffordshire pub of the year and British food pub of the year and you can clearly see why. We have eaten several times here over the last few months, and both Saturday and Sunday this week as we were on holiday...More

Thank PhilAndrea69
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was our second visit to the Holly Bush due to a recommendation from a friend Thought it might be awkward because you can’t book a table, just turn up and hope The car park was packed and we thought there’s no chance We were...More

Thank Steve-and-Nikki
Reviewed 1 week ago

We can't fault the holly Bush it's a lovely place to eat....The bar staff are great and friendlyl and the meals are of good quality home cooking, the fillet steak and burgers are very good. Big fan.

Thank Andrea L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went earlier in the year with a friend and we had great food at a very reasonable price. On my way back home from a meeting in London i was in the mood for a proper pub meal...that's exactly what I got. Fabulous whitebait followed...More

Thank John W
Geoff H, Owner at The Holly Bush Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi John We are so glad you enjoyed your visits to The Bush. The whole team really appreciates great reviews like yours it really does make them feel good. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here for Friday Lunch. The place has got good decorations and the prices are cheap. The menu is limited though. I had the fish and sweet potato fries which were nice. My other family members had the Gammon and Beef Burger which they...More

Thank Thomas L
Geoff H, Owner at The Holly Bush Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Thomas I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your overall experience at The Bush but I'm a tad surprised that you thought the menu was limited. We have our staple dishes on the printed menu but we have three specials boards for fish, vegetarian and general...More

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23 July 2018|
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Response from Brymar | Reviewed this property |
No bookings, but meet and greet if busy and try to find you a table. No hardship you may have to wait in the bar
kevin a
11 June 2018|
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Response from Peter D | Reviewed this property |
Sorry don’t know
2 November 2017|
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Response from Geoff H | Property representative |
Just give us a phone and we will discuss your requirements but absolutely no problem whatsoever
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$29
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
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: Salt Road | Salt, Stafford ST18 0BX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Staffordshire  >  Stafford
  • Phone Number: +44 1889 508234
  • E-mail
The historic Holly Bush Inn is generally recognised as being the second licensed pub in the country. Dating back to the 16th century the thatched in sits in the quaint village of Salt. We serve all home cooked food using local produce, wherever possible, all served in a relaxed traditional environment by our friendly team. We have a large beer garden for enjoying a glass of wine or a pint of real ale during the summer months. Although we are only a few miles from Stafford town we pride ourselves on being a traditional country pub that serves home cooked food at honest prices.
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