[london.food] The Holly Bush, Hampstead - New Entry into Favourite London Pub list

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From: Simon Wistow
Subject: [london.food] The Holly Bush, Hampstead - New Entry into Favourite London Pub list
Date: 08:15 on 08 Nov 2006
Went to a pub called The Holly Bush last night. It's about a 3 minute 
walk up a steep hill from Hampstead Station.


Nice old pub with wooden floors and original features without being too 
dingy or, conversely, too trying-to-look-trendily-old either. Not too 
empty but not too busy either - we were fortunate enough to get a small 
nook at the end of the room so we were slightly away from everything. 

Beers on tap were mostly a mixture of Pride, Adnams and Broadside and
Harvey's Suffolk Best Bitter - which was decidely moreish. However I
stuck to wine most of the night - a decidely tasty (albeit 
pricey) Terlaner Classico.

The food is excellent - there's nothing on the menu that I didn't 
consider, even the Wild Mushroom and Smoked Tofu pie (with a Dill and 
Soured Cream sauce).

I ended up plumping for the Pan Roast Chicken with Paprika and Beer
sauce with Sauteed Potatoes which was delicious and moist. My companion
had the 21-day hung rump Steak which she asked to be done Medium Rare. 
It turned out to be more Meidum than she'd like but definitely still

So, in short, definitely worth a visit and I shall be returning to test 
the beers more thoroughly and see whether the slight overcooking of the 
steak was an aberration.

Oh, woe is me ;)

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