The Holly Bush Inn
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
This 17th-century, Grade II listed inn is steeped in history, and is reputed to have entertained highwayman Dick Turpin. It even featured on Channel 4 programme, Walking Through History. In summer, the Holly Bush Inn becomes a riot of fl oral colour, while in winter you’ll be greeted by three roaring open fires. There’s a tempting mix of locally sourced traditional fare, including award-winning pork pies. I chose
flavoursome roast topside of beef served with a light and fluffy gluten-free Yorkshire pudding, new potatoes and seasonal vegetables, doused in homemade gravy. I followed with Eton Mess – colourful layers of fresh strawberries, meringue and cream indulgently coupled with Jersey Gold ice cream. With a regular series of food nights and beer festivals, you won’t struggle to fi nd a reason to visit. Real ale-connoisseurs will also be intrigued to hear that this venue was named Amber Valley CAMRA’s Pub of the Year in 2015, and runner-up in 2016 and 2017.