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The Hollybush (Seighford)

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Seighford / ST18 9PQ / Stafford / Tel: (01785) 282280

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      25.04.2011 14:54

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      Called the Spice Bazaar , this is now an Indian Restaurant. It seems deserted and no longer serves any good beer , and the crummy lager is monstrously expensive. An average Indian restaurant in an unsuitable location. Must be losing money and unlikely to survive.

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      19.01.2010 20:20

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      Recently changed hands.I went to this attractive pub for a meal because the new proprietor,s reputation came before him and I was not disappointed.It is a winning combination and a new and up coming business that will soar in reputation and popularity.Fab meal and service - one to watch and definitely one to enjoy in its early days.Well done to the Holly Bush! I score you 100% for VFM , quality and service.

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      10.04.2009 22:15

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      Give it a try, you will not be disappointed.

      We use the Hollybush a lot, find the staff very warm, welcoming and helpful. The food is always to a very high standard, steaks are out of this world, the chips are thick and chunky as well as being home made. With the steak we recommend the Peppercorn Sauce, contains mushrooms, peppers, onion. The starters are also great with a generous helping no matter what the starter. Desserts are great with a great choice for all dessert lovers. If you are after a great place to go for a Sunday carvery then give the Hollybush a try, you will not be disappointed. Pleanty of choice for drinks; wine, larger, ale, bitter, spirits as well as soft drinks. Has a great photo collection of the Seighford RAF base during its working days, this can be visited afterwards to see the remains of the base. Go on and give the Hollybush a try, we have not been disappointed.

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      15.11.2008 11:27

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      The pub has recently reopened under new management. The food is of a very high standard with traditional English Dishes. The menu is 2 for 1 or al carte and are not your tipical processed meals that 2 for 1 pubs generally serve but good home cooked food which is at a very high quality. The Service is excellent with friendly and efficent staff. The pub is quiet at the moment as word of mouth hasn't got out yet about the newly opened pub - I would highly recommend it for a nice quiet relaxing meal. I have also been to the carvary for a sunday lunch which is really excellent quality and good value for money. I would give it 10 out of 10. EXCELLENT

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      26.10.2008 19:47

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      we went to the holly bush at seigford for sunday lunch,which has be taken over and it was lovely,the cavery was hot and had a choice of four different meats ,you could help ur self to all veg and roast potatoes ,all nice and hot,staff are friendly and tables also nice and clean.lovely choice in starters and puddings to die for.setting was great over looking the country side.plus it was only £5.95 which was well worth the vist!they also do 2 for 1 in the week, will be coming back for sure.26.10.08

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      26.09.2007 11:51
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      Good pub food, but unwelcoming atmosphere

      Every cloud has a silver lining; the silver lining that came out of my parent's divorce is that, come my recent birthday, they both took me out for dinner separately! I chose The Hollybush as a place to eat because it has long been well known in the area I live in for good food and service. What I hadn't realised is that it has recently changed hands. Bearing this in mind, could it meet my hitherto high expectations?

      Location

      The Hollybush
      Main Street
      Seighford
      Stafford
      ST18 9PQ

      Tel: 01785 282280

      Although The Hollybush is in a tiny rural Staffordshire village, it is literally two miles from junction 14 of the M6 and is therefore a viable option for anyone in the area.

      Decor and ambience
      I have visited this pub many times in the past and it has always been well-kept, so I was surprised to see on arrival that the car park area at least was looking decidedly tatty. There is a fairly large area to park - it is necessary because there are few people that live within easy walking distance - but it really could have done with a bit of a tidy. There was loose gravel all over the place and plenty of weeds. Despite the name, there is no hollybush. My dad remembers a time when there was one, but it is no longer - possibly the upkeep was too much hassle.

      We used the back entrance which takes the visitor in past the toilets and into the bar area. This was very much as I remembered - clean and tidy, with a reddish carpet on the floor. Walking into the bar area, there are then two main parts to choose from - to the left is casual seating for the drinkers and straight on is the restaurant. The building is quite an old one, so there are loads of beams and a lovely old fireplace, perfect for sitting beside on a cold winter's evening. Walls are painted a plain cream, which fits in well with all the wood. We ordered our drinks and were then shown to our table.

      Food and drink
      The food on offer is fairly standard for a decent pub/restaurant - there are plenty of steaks on offer, as well as the usual beef and ale pie, grilled meat, fish and chips, hunter's chicken (chicken with cheese, bacon and barbecue sauce) and shepherd's pie. I ordered chicken goujons for starters, followed by scampi and a jacket potato. My dad had Staffordshire oatcakes with peppers, mushrooms, onions and cheese and a gammon steak. All dishes came with the choice of chips, jacket potatoes or new potatoes - I had the jacket, my dad had chips.

      The chicken goujons came on a plate with plenty of salad and a very nice blue cheese sauce. Not the most exciting dish, but very nice nevertheless. The Staffordshire oatcakes were excellent. For the uninitiated, Staffordshire oatcakes are nothing like the Scottish variety; they are more like a savoury pancake made with oats. These came wrapped in the peppers, mushrooms and onions and were topped with cheese. There were two oatcakes and a very generous filling - some would have found it adequate as a main course - and it was absolutely delicious to boot.

      My scampi was obviously out of a freezer rather than hand-made, but I hadn't really expected anything else. They were well-cooked - probably about 10 in all - and accompanied by another salad, with the jacket potato on the side. Dad's gammon came with egg, pineapple and onion rings. Both were very generous portions - almost too much to eat, although we both managed very well. There was a range of sauces on the table - horseradish, mayonnaise, salad cream, tomato sauce, mustard and HP sauce.

      The pub apparently serves real ale, although I cannot comment on this as I had a cider and my dad had a soft drink. However, there certainly seemed to be a large range of pumps to choose from, as well as the usual choice of spirits and wines.

      Price
      Value-wise, the food is excellent value. Starters ranged from £3-5; main courses from £7-£10, and everything we had to eat was both plentiful and faultless.

      Service
      We were served promptly and I can't really fault any of the staff in that they were very polite, although perhaps a little over-friendly at times - a bit too much darling and sweetheart for me - but that's a Staffordshire habit and nothing is meant by it. The problem was that all over the walls there were A4 laminated notices. One notice stated that the pub didn't have a license for children and that although they could go into the restaurant part, there had been complaints about the noise that children made and the management would appreciate it if they could be kept under control. Another was about the waiting time for food - we were asked to note that they didn't serve fast food and that if anyone was in a hurry, they should explain the situation in advance rather than complain if they didn't get the food fast enough. Another sign explained that the pub would be shut for 9 days in October while the owners had a well-deserved rest and it hoped that customers would understand that they needed a break. The tone of the signs, although politely worded, was very much "this is our pub and you can come in, but only if you observe our rules" and I found it really off-putting. I don't have children and hate unruly kids running around, but I still felt that the signs were unnecessary - particularly because there were so many of them. I also feel that it is the customer's perogative to complain if the service is slow and the signs seemed almost threatening.

      In the past, The Hollybush has changed hands several times, but it has always had a good reputation as a place that serves good food and that welcomes all customers. My latest visit has really made me see it in a different way. I know from local people that I am not the only one that thinks like this - and certainly for a Friday night, there were very few customers.

      Conclusion
      Although I really enjoyed the food, I will not be going back in a hurry. The notices really made me feel unwelcome and there are places that serve just as good food, but are much more welcoming. I can only hope that the current management take a course in customer service in the near future. Three stars.

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