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The Holly Bush Inn

Ancient pub with second oldest licence in England

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival

This thatched inn is situated in the village of Salt, which has been a settlement since the Saxon period. It is thought to be only the second pub in the country to receive, back in Charles II’s reign, a licence to sell alcohol, although the building itself may date from 1190. When landlord Geoff Holland’s son Joseph became a joint licensee six days past his 18th birthday, he was the youngest person ever to be granted a licence. The pub’s comfortably traditional interior contains all the essential ingredients: heavy carved beams, open fires, attractive prints and cosy alcoves. The kitchen has a strong commitment to limiting food miles by supporting local producers, and to ensuring that animals supplying meat have lived stress-free lives. The main menu features dishes such as breaded whole-tail scampi; grilled pork chops with cheese, beer and mustard topping; and Greek lamb, namely roast shoulder with red wine, herbs and spices and Greek salad. Look to the blackboards for the day’s vegetarian options and enjoy the seasonal puddings. During the warmer months hand-made pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired brick oven. June and September are the months for beer and cider festivals.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 12–11 (Sunday 12–10.30)
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–9.30, Sunday 12–9
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 12–9.30, Sunday 12–9

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Marston's Pedigree, Adnams, guest ales

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, June and September
  • Cider festival, June and September


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu

Getting here

From Stafford on A518 towards Weston. Left signed Salt. Pub on left in village.

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