This timeless pub is one of Hampstead’s gems. It’s tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac, a stones throw from the busy High Street. It\’s a fairly plain and simple place, which on the whole, has been left to mature gracefully.
In the mid 17th. century it was the stable block of a nearby house. Painter George Romney bought the house and stables in 1796, but after his death the stables were leased to a victualler who converted them into a tavern in the early 1800\’s.
The two front bars have worn oak flooring, simple painted settles and wood panelling, one bar has an open fire. Original gas lamps hang from the nicotine brown ceilings. The cosy wood clad snug is a favourite and at the back is a later addition, a room converted from the landlords living quarters.
The Holly Bush has a reputation for fine ales and great food. A changing menu of freshly prepared traditional dishes, using mainly organic ingredients, are given a new twist; be it a hot ‘sexy big scotch egg’ or \’lamb shank slow roasted in beer\’. There\’s a wide variety of fish, poultry, pies and sausages to suit all tastes and vegetarian options. Five good cask ales on handpull, bliss!