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Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.
ORSON WELLES 01275 332627
Chew Magna Bristol
BS40 8TQ
The Pony & Trap
It was with great expectations that Feast visited the Pony and Trap near Bristol. Boasting a Michelin star since 2011, brother and sister team Josh and Holly Eggleton makes things easy for everyone. Reservations were simple,  exible, and helpful – we are from out of the area, so a charming bed and breakfast is recommended and the adventure begins with a tip; make sure you have taxi arrangements well in advance, this far out in the sticks you’re literally more likely to get a pony and trap than a taxi! This is an informal evening, so don’t be fooled by the accolade – it’s a welcoming and cosy pub and a pint of beer (three by pump and six on draught) in the bar before dining is essential, you can even ask for a pewter tankard to complete the 200-year old drinking experience.
We perused the menu while nibbling on cream cheese, chive, and garlic dip with crisps, (there is a taster menu although it was not o ered to us on this visit, and on further investigation it is recommended that guests pre-order the taster menu so the kitchens are in the know). We are given time to select our dinner choices with some assistance from our waitress. We are guided down to the relatively modest surroundings of the split- level restaurant and quickly make friends with a neighbouring table, they did have the taster menu and we easily manage to make the best of the à la carte while eyeing up their extra courses! Breads include smoked, sourdough, and white and are all home-made.
The sta  are really well informed and o er sound advice and direction on menu and wines. The snacks are irresistible – and pork quavers with damson chutney, and cod cheeks with tartare sauce are delighted over as we chat and enjoy a bottle of Louis Jadot Beaune Premier Cru.
Dishes are earthy, gamey, rural, and highly technical without obvious fuss on the plate, and to illustrate this; charcoaled

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