Harden's survey result
“Incredible food” in “a lovely countryside setting” (complete with garden, and views over the Chew Valley) has carved a major culinary reputation for Josh & Holly (brother and sister) Eggleton’s converted pub (more of a restaurant nowadays). But even reporters who acknowledge the quality of the “beautifully prepared dishes, with great combinations of texture and flavour” can still find it notably “overpriced” (“decent but not worth the high cost”).
A short drive south of Bristol, Josh & Holly Eggleton’s (brother and sister) accoladed and “well-patronised” venue has “a lovely garden and amazing views” over the Chew Valley. “The ‘pub’ is now more of a restaurant and a fantastic one, but with many tables” (which can feel “overcrowded” in some areas) and “hardly any bar”. Foodwise, there were a couple of reports of “a let down” this year, but not enough to dent the ratings, given the huge volume of reports of cooking that’s “as good as it gets”: “so creative, with excellent flavour and texture combinations, prepared with real skill”. “Add reasonable pricing, knowledgeable service and given the stunning country setting, you have all the ingredients for a meal to relish”.
“Truly first-class cooking” (“local ingredients cooked incredibly well”) maintains the appeal of Josh Eggleton’s “wonderful” country gastropub which has a lovely rural outlook. It’s not snooty about it either (“it’s the first Michelin-starred restaurant that’s let me bring the dog!”).
“Great, great pub food” has won acclaim from the tyre men for Josh Eggleton’s “friendly” gastroboozer, which enjoys “lovely views out over the country”, helping to make it “the perfect way to break up a journey to Devon”. He’s opening in Bristol too (see Kensington Arms).
The Pony & Trap Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Absolutely delicious food at this lovely country pub. In the middle of nowhere but really worth it. innovative cooking, the tasting menu was very good indeed. Local products cooked to perfection and nicely explained in an unpretentious way."
"Perfectly adequate Sunday lunch. Service was not attentive. The place was full but given its location I am not sure it is worth making the the trip from Bristol."
"Not your ordinary pub, more a fine dining restaurant with prices to match. Consistently an enjoyable if somewhat expensive experience."
|Wine per bottle||£34.00|
Chew Magna, BS40 8TQ
|Tuesday||12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-9 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-9 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-6 pm|