RestaurantsSomersetChew MagnaBS40

survey result

Summary

£65
  £££
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

After 15 years, the Michelin-starred Pony & Trap gastropub in Chew Magna – owned by chef Josh Eggleton and his sister Holly – is to reopen in a new guise in 2022. The Eggleton siblings have also opened Pony Bistro, in Bedminster (see also) and this, their former HQ, will operate ‘no longer as a gastropub, but as a wedding venue, cookery school and restaurant’.

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”.

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Portions
Yes
No dress code
60

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £38.00
Dinner   £43.00

Traditional European menu

Pudding
£0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £24.00
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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