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A pub with a nationally important historic interior

A pub with a nationally important historic interior, the result of CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and help protect and promote the most important historic pub interiors in the country.

DERBYSHIRE - Makeney, Holly Bush

An historic pub interior of national importance

Holly Bush Lane, Makeney, DE56 0RX

Tel: (01332) 841729

Website: http://hollybushinnmakeney.co.uk

Opening Hours: 12-11 Mon-Sat; 12-10.30 Sun

Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Duffield) and Bus Stop

Food: Lunchtime Meals (12-2.30)

Listed Status: Grade II

List Entry Number: 1335302

Listing Date: 1979

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17th- or early 18th-century pub. The snug at the Holly Bush is one of Great Britain’s finest unspoilt pub rooms. It is formed by a curved partition wall with windows in the very top part and a double hinged door with ‘2’ on it in the centre of the partition. Attached to the inside of the partition wall are benches which make them look and feel like two high backed curved settles and there is some wall bench seating attached to the dado panelling on the exterior wall side. This small room has a quarry tiled floor, an Excelsior range fireplace (n.b. this was installed from elsewhere in the 1990s). A short passage to the left of the fireplace leads to the back of the servery where there is a stable door (lower half removed). For service the approach to the snug from the front door also has a quarry tiled floor and some wall bench seating attached to the dado panelling (but, note, it was fitted here from the right-hand room in modern times).

There are only a handful of similar rooms or snugs formed of two or more high backed settles left in the whole of the UK. They can be found at the following Heritage Pubs – the Malt Shovel, Spondon, Derbyshire; Green Dragon, Flaunden, Hertfordshire; Red Lion, Kenninghall, Norfolk; North Star, Steventon, Oxfordshire; Kings Head, Laxfield, Suffolk; Bell & Cross, Holy Cross, Worcestershire; Old White Beare, Norwood Green, West Yorkshire; Red Lion, Llansannan, North West Wales;; Crown, Snape, Suffolk;; Wheatsheaf, Raby, Merseyside;; Galway Arms, East Retford, Nottinghamshire;; and Anchor, High Offley, Staffordshire .

The main bar on the right of the entrance is believed to have been like this for possibly 50 years (difficult to date the bar counter) and there is some very old bar back shelving (and some new ones), fixed seating which does look 50 years old and a stone fireplace that could date from the 1920s? The cottage to the left of the pub was purchased in 1981 and a new bar created. There is a conservatory-style area behind the pub which includes the former outside gents and service is via a window. Other unspoilt aspects of the pub are the inn sign which is painted on the exterior wall and the fact that it still serves Pedigree from a jug sitting on the bar back which is topped up by regular visits to the cellar. Other Heritage Pubs still using a jug to serve at least one real ale are the Barley Mow, Kirk Ireton, Derbyshire; Star, Bath, Somerset; Anchor, High Offley, Staffordshire; Dyffryn Arms, Pontfaen, Pembrokeshire, West Wales; Falcon, Arncliffe, North Yorkshire; and Cresselly Arms, Cresswell Quay, Pembrokeshire, West Wales.

Holly Bush, Makeney
Holly Bush, Makeney
Snug Exterior
Holly Bush, Makeney
Holly Bush, Makeney
Holly Bush, Makeney
Public Bar