Holly Bush

Posted by Krista on August 28, 2008

Holly_bush Holly Bush
22 Holly Mount
Tel: 020 7435 2892

Date of Last Visit: Friday, August 15th

The Victim: Jen

The Damage: I forget. Jen paid! Not much though.

The Background: Jen’s whirlwind tour of London continues. After catching the changing of the guard, I take us to Hampstead to do what any self-respecting gals from the Tri-State Area would do…get our nails done. Only thing is, Jen’s not biting. So I go off to get my nails done, and Jen wanders the streets of Hampstead.

After I’m all dry, we head up and over to the Holly Bush. You’ve got to give them credit…the approach is fantastic. Up a long but pretty flight of stairs and down a narrow side street, there it is. We grab a table by the window.

The Food: Chicken salad for her. Steak and ale pie for me. In hindsight, I should have ordered the salad…it was really pretty and fresh looking. And given that the sun shone the entire time Jen was in London, it made for a nice sunny-afternoon meal. My pie, on the other hand, was better suited to these last few days where the threat of rain seems omnipresent. It was still pretty good though. Here it is…


The Service: It was only bar service, but she seemed to be having a bad day. A bit surly, that one.

The Verdict: I think this is a good place to go if you have visitors in town and want to take them somewhere atmospheric. The walk up from the High Street alone will impress!

4 Responses to “Holly Bush”

  1. Chris
    Aug 28, 2008

    I’ve been here a couple of times, and the food has never been anything other than average. As you say, though, it’s a nice traditional spot to take some tourists.

  2. Zoe
    Aug 29, 2008

    I’ve never eaten at the Holly Bush, but have had some nice pints there. Good to know the food won’t kill me.

    I’d really like to know where you had your nails done though – I’m just about to start working somewhere where they’ll actually care what my nails look like, and I bet you could give some Tri-state grooming tips along with the restaurant reviews!

  3. Krista
    Aug 29, 2008

    Zoe…check out California Nail Bar. They are very efficient–mani and pedi at the same time! And I think it usually comes to £35 for both?

  4. Zoe
    Aug 30, 2008

    Thanks Krista! I’ll definitely check it out.

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