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The Hollybush

Draethen | Lower Machen, Machen NP10 8GB, Wales
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Ranked #1 of 1 Machen B&B and Inns
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well, it's a beautiful place to be, lovely and out of the way, quiet. The room is okay, but the fact on the booking it's classed as a luxury with toiletries it's not. It's basic and has no toiletries. The fact there was around 9 spiders in the room and moths and little flies made it all the more horrendous,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Back in the day! Haven't been for such a long time, so read the reviews and gave it a go for lunch. Should really have gone with my instincts and left after a drink, the bar smelled of stale beer. It really needs a re furb or at least, good clean and re paint. I know it might seem unfair... More 

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TheHollysh, Manager at The Hollybush, responded to this review

We want to apologise if we couldn’t satisfy your expectations. As you know, every guest has his own idea of satisfaction and we respect yours, but I would like to say we do not use frozen chips, due to a lot of customer comments requesting no salt on chips we stopped seasoning after cooking and left it to the individual... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My favourite place to eat! Homemade meals, not a chain microwave zap, so I know it's fresh to feed my baby. The best homemade desserts. My favourite being the new gooey chocolate brownie, freshly baked and warm served in the pan, delicious! A must have on every visit :). My older daughter loves the huge ice cream Sunday selection. Lovely... More 

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Caerphilly County, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Had a meal there yesterday & iv had some dodgy meals in my time but this was the worst ever! it was disgusting! & at £10.95 I would not have fed it to my dog! & to boot couldn't get off the loo all night.... Never again! no wonder it was only me & my hubby in the whole pub... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Had an amazing meal in the Hollybush. You do have a wait for the food as it is freshly made but well worth it. The chocolate brownie is to die for!!! Really nice staff. Pretty extensive menu and their grill menu is good so if you like steaks etc then this place is right up your street.

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Somerville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Tucked away in Draethen, prior to Machen is the Hollybush... great value meals. The most friendly & welcoming staff. Over a period of a few weeks we had several meals at the Hollybush, a great selection on their menu ...and always delicious! The next time I return home to Wales.... I'll be calling back in at the Hollybush for sure!!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Lovely food shame about the owner's attitude!! the staff are lovely but the owner's attitude towards them is absolutely discusting!! could be a lovely place if it was owned by someone else #hasntgotaclue

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Devon, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Well we have stayed in B&Bs and hotels from 25.00 to 350.00 per night and have never experienced anything like The Hollybush The price had been hiked up for a six nations weekend ( not that we were there for rugby ) but the extra revenue wasn't wasted on the guests Dirty,paint peeling from the walls everywhere,ceilings cracked and poorly... More 

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Brierley Hill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

working away from home can be a bind, but staying at the hollybush was a real pleasure with its cozy rooms and freindly aptmosphere. our team have been staying there from oct 2014 to end of jan 2015 and it has become a real home from home. excellent food, brilliant staff, would reccomend it to anyone. mark, heritage maintenence.

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Blackwood, Gwent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

Visited Sunday after a walk around Ruperra Castle. A lovely open fire welcomed us in from the cold along with a glass of Directors. We were dubious about leaving the fireplace , but the upstairs dining room was lovely and warm. We all ordered leek and potato soup which was lively and hot and three of us the roast beef... More 

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