RestaurantsSomersetChew MagnaBS40

Breaking news

March 2021: Previously trading as The Pony & Trap – the Eggerton family announced that the business would change it's name and no longer operate as a gastropub when it reopens post-pandemic. It will form the basis for an expanding South Western chain with The Pony North Street to open in Bristol this year.

December 2020: after spending lockdown cooking and campaigning for community projects and providing hot meals to Bristol's homeless, Josh Eggerton has announced that The Pony & Trap will close in Spring 2021 and return "under a new name as a community interest company, offering baking, foraging and fermentation courses". A second pub, the Queen’s Arms, will open in Chew Magna in February 2021.

survey result

Summary

£71
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”).

Summary

£71
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”).

Summary

£69
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

Summary

£60
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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!”).

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Portions
Yes
No dress code
60

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£9.50 £25.00 £4.00 £5.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £34.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
Chew Magna, BS40 8TQ
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
SundayCLOSED

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