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A 200-year-old cottage boozer in the heart of the Chew Valley, The Pony & Trap is prized for its bar food as well as its Michelin-starred dining room – although there’s not a starched tablecloth or fawning waiter in sight. Family-run and dependant on chef Josh Eggleton’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 many ingredients sourced from within a few miles of the pub: lightly citrus-cured scallop ceviche with blackcurrant oil, elderflower nib and seaweed (“a lovely combination”); Woolley Park duck breast and leg with rainbow chard, turnip and cherry; a “remarkable” quenelle of lobster tail with superb ewe’s curd, heritage tomatoes and toasted sourdough. After that, we suggest bracing yourself for the sticky ale pudding with candied walnuts and stout ice cream – although the spiced rice pudding with strawberry sorbet is also an “extremely clever” variation on a traditional theme. Despite the odd glitch, there are enough “flashes of talent” to make a detour worthwhile, concludes one well-seasoned traveller. 

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The Pony & Trap

The Pony & Trap

Knowle Hill, Chew Magna ,Bristol BS40 8TQ

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Worth the detour

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Aug 2016

Another pub and restaurant which serves a quality of food way above the traditional perception of what will be dished up on the plate in a pub and challenges the old definition. The Pony and Trap is tucked away in the Somerset countryside and is prized for its bar food as much as its Michelin star restaurant. The tasting menu offered with a choice of wine flight is a good indication of the seriousness of the operation, which is also reflected by the quality of the front of house staff, and although...

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Paul A.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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