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“An unassuming pub with incredible food” is one reader’s verdict on The Pony & Trap – a 200-year-old cottage boozer situated 20 minutes’ drive from Bristol, in the heart of the Chew Valley. Chef Josh Eggleton took over back in 2006 and is now the recipient of a Michelin star – with not a starched tablecloth or fawning waiter in sight. Family-run and dependant on the chef’s foodie pals for many of its ingredients (note the list of local suppliers on the menu), this prestigious hostelry is truly rooted in the area, with much of the food sourced from within a few miles: smoked eel croquettes with chicken wing and burnt apple or chilled garden lovage soup with Cornish crab and pickled kohlrabi might give way to lamb chop with pressed belly, smoked aubergine and tomato or curried monkfish with mussel barigoule, crispy cheek, cauliflower and yoghurt. After that, we suggest bracing yourself for the sticky ale pudding with salted caramel sauce and stout ice cream. “Reasonable prices” are yet another reason for making the trip to this inviting West Country star.
Squaremeal’s Best Restaurants in the UK 2016 is compiled using votes from our annual survey, last conducted in spring 2016. Thousands of readers and bloggers took part and the results were moderated by the Squaremeal editor and his nationwide team of professional reviewers. The survey does not ask for or include any restaurants in London. Click here for a full list of Squaremeal’s Best Restaurants in the UK.
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