The Hollybush, Witney

“Up-to-date comfort food and a buzzy ambience” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

WITNEY, OXFORDSHIRE

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The Hollybush is a modern dining pub with a buzzy vibe and a hint of sophistication in the Oxfordshire town of Witney on the edge of the Cotswolds. You'll find a warm welcome, excellent local food, interesting wines and cocktails and local ales in a relaxed and contemporary setting. It's the perfect place for a casual night with friends, and special enough for a celebration with cocktails, good wine and inventive dishes. We serve seasonal British food - sourced locally as much as possible from local farms and producers. Tuck into your favourite pub dishes with an inventive twist as well as more sophisticated plates and our famous Sunday lunches. Head chef, Simon Bradley, joined in December 2020 from De Vere Cotswold Water Park Hotel and prior to that The Randolph’s restaurant in Oxford. Inventive menus are inspired by the best seasonal local ingredients. You’ll find clean, pared-back dishes with weekly changing specials, alongside fish and chips, pies and burgers with the Hollybush twist, they also push out the boat with more sophisticated plates like Pressed Confit Rabbit & Ham Hock Terrine, Confit Duck Leg and Sea Trout. Produce is sourced locally as much as possible from a local farms, butchers, Cotswold cheesemakers and vegetable growers. Bread, ice cream and more are all made from scratch. The Hollybush is set in an 18th-century building with low ceilings, original beams, wooden panelling and a wood-burner, eclectic furniture and original art. The large garden has plenty of undercover seating. The four unique dining houses in the garden are perfect for sheltered dining for small groups - seating two to ten they are all heated, insulated and decorated with bespoke furniture and original art. Planned before the pandemic, it turns out they’ve been ideal for friends and family giving that indoor dining experience in your own little bubble and sheltering from the worst of the British weather.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

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1 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
The Hollybush, Witney
35 Corn Street, WITNEY, Oxfordshire, OX28 6BT
Phone : 01993 708073

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 71
  • Private dining available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 11
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 14
  • Cuisine style: British

About The area

Discover Oxfordshire

Located at the heart of England, Oxfordshire enjoys a rich heritage and surprisingly varied scenery. Its landscape encompasses open chalk downland and glorious beechwoods, picturesque rivers and attractive villages set in peaceful farmland. The countryside in the northwest of Oxfordshire seems isolated by comparison, more redolent of the north of England, with its broad views, undulating landscape and dry-stone walls. The sleepy backwaters of Abingdon, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington and Witney reveal how Oxfordshire’s old towns evolved over the centuries, while Oxford’s imposing streets reflect the beauty and elegance of ‘that sweet city with her dreaming spires.’ Fans of the fictional sleuth Inspector Morse will recognise many Oxford landmarks described in the books and used in the television series.

The county demonstrates how the strong influence of humans has shaped this part of England over the centuries. The Romans built villas in the pretty river valleys that thread their way through Oxfordshire, the Saxons constructed royal palaces here, and the Normans left an impressive legacy of castles and churches. The philanthropic wool merchants made their mark too, and many of their fine buildings serve as a long-lasting testimony to what they did for the good of the local community.

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