The Pony Chew Valley

British, Gastropub, Modern European·

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££££ - £30 - £49
British, Gastropub, Modern European
Cosy, Fun, Lively
One Michelin star, SquareMeal UK Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Beer garden, Outside seating
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Special occasions
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The Pony Chew Valley is a divine restaurant in Knowle Hill, which provides exceptional food in a beautiful setting, always utilising methods of sustainability where possible.

The Pony Chew Valley's lush surroundings are home to the flourishing no-dig beds and polytunnels, tended by Tim the gardener. Tim grows a selection of vegetables, herbs, and fruits for the Pony Garden, delivering the harvest to the restaurant within minutes of picking. Deep into the Millard Orchard, named after local legend Bruce, a long time customer, are the eight year old fruit trees which yield apples, pears, and medlars, contributing to the delicious puddings and chutneys. Blooming flowers attract bees, creating a lively 'bee hotel,' and inspiring future hive additions. Elderflower is also harvested for cordial and vinegar, while elderberries add a touch to game meats.

At The Pony Chew Valley start off with first courses such as mushroom pâté with celeriac remoulade, hazelnuts, and treacle bread, or savour Cornish crab with spelt risotto and hand picked white crab salad. Enjoy the Pony's smoked Chalk Stream Farm trout, accompanied by Pony Garden pickles and seaweed mayonnaise.

For the second course, enjoy a Somerset pecorino gnocchi with winter pesto and roasted squash, or opt for Beech Ridge duck breast paired with pressed turnip and a blackberry and honey sauce. Finish off your meal with a choice between a rhubarb and custard trifle or an apple and almond tart with baked apple ice cream. A la carte dining is served between 12 and 2pm from Wednesday through to Saturday, and between 5.30 and 8pm in the evenings.

Sunday lunch is served between 12 and 4pm. For those who want to learn how to cook such exceptional dishes at home, The Pony Cookery School has a purpose built demonstration kitchen, featuring ten fully equipped cooking stations. Experience an assortment of cookery experiences, including engaging workshops, classes, and tasting evenings. Led by talented chefs, this is an experience of hands on cooking, and an opportunity to show off your efforts.


Are there vegetarian options?

Yes options are available

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The Pony Chew Valley is featured in


Knowle Hill, Chew Magna, Somerset, BS40 8TQ

01275 332627 01275 332627


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-14:00
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:00-14:00
Sun 12:00-16:00
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 17:30-20:00
Thu 17:30-20:00
Fri 17:30-20:00
Sat 17:30-20:00
Sun Closed


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4 Reviews 


22 March 2018  
Top pub food.

Lynn W

21 March 2018  
I went for lunch on my 50th with 12 friends. We arrived at midday and were still there at 5pm. They didn't trouble us at all, except to bring more oysters and Prosecco. The Surf Board was outstanding. The homemade bread with different butters was so moreish. The cocktails were fabulous, the atmosphere fabulous, staff fabulous and food fabulous! Have since been back three more times. I haven't been for the Sunday Roast yet, but friends and they've rated it.

Isabelle O

21 March 2018  
Amazing innovative sharing plates with fabulous wine selection. Freshest ingredients with wonderful provenance. Sociable, relaxed environment.

Paul A

12 August 2016  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Worth the detour
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 there is nothing staggeringly original in most of the dishes they represent a thoughtful variety and balance of ingredients. A nice touch was a table snack of homemade crisps with garlic mayo, just right with the pre-meal glass of fizz, and the canapés got the taste buds going - Porthilly oyster in a deep-fried Guinness batter with chilli mayo, little Yorkshire puddings and steak tartare with horseradish crème fraîche and nasturtium leaf, and flame-grilled mackerel with a tomato compote which dominated at first before allowing the fish to shine. With the tasting menu we had the fine wine flight, disappointingly no sign of any of the bottles. A lightly citrus-cured scallop ceviche with blackcurrant oil, elderflower nib and, almost inevitably, seaweed, made for a lovely taste and texture combination, though this was trumped by the lobster - a remarkable shredded tail quenelle with superb ewe’s milk curd, heritage tomatoes and toasted sourdough. Next came brill cooked on the bone for extra flavour, sweet confit lemon purée, fennel fronds, seaweed and some clams the need for which we were not at all sure about. The main course, which we found fairly ordinary, was best end of lamb with a pollenta chip, slow-cooked breast and with a red pepper purée, broad beans, artichoke and proper gravy. The palate cleanser came in the form of an amusing rocket-shaped ice lolly made of gin, blackcurrant juice, elderflower and cucumber, the latter rather too strong and spoiling the overall effect. Our dessert was a spiced rice pudding, the spice being nutmeg and the rice being almost a crème brûlée, with wild and cultivated strawberries and a very good strawberry sorbet - an extremely clever variation on the theme. All in all it was a bit uneven, but there were flashes of talent which made the detour worthwhile.
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