1 Michelin Star Chefs: Josh Eggleton, Chef Patron, The Pony & Trap

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Josh Eggleton is the chef patron of the one Michelin starred, The Pony & Trap in Chew Magna.

In 2006, with the backing of his family, 22 year old Josh became one of the youngest pub and restaurant proprietors in the country by taking over The Pony & Trap. While Josh manages the kitchen, his sister, Holly, manages front of house.

The Pony & Trap

Pony Trap website
The Pony & Trap

Chew Magna, Knowle Hill, Bristol BS40 8TQ

Website: http://www.theponyandtrap.co.uk/

Telephone:  01275 332627 

Email: [email protected]

Opening Times: Monday- Thursday: 12-2pm, 7-9pm; Friday and Saturday: 12-2pm, 6-9pm; Sunday: 12-3.30pm, 7-9pm

Head Chef: Gary Johnstone

Pastry Chef: Chris Peers

Front of House Manager: Holly Eggleton

Assistant Managers: George Woolston and Stephen Harrington

Facebook: The Pony & Trap

Twitter: @theponyandtrap

Instagram: @theponyandtrap


Born and raised in Chew Magna, near Bristol, Josh’s first job in the industry was working at the local chip shop aged 15. He soon progressed to a neighbourhood pub, The Bear and Swan, where he got a washing up job and then an apprenticeship there with the City of Bristol College.

Josh Eggleton
Josh Eggleton

He worked there for three years and then took a job in John Lewis’s bakery, making pastry for a year. Josh then worked for two years in Bristol’s harbourside The Olive Shed, a vegetarian and fish restaurant, becoming head chef after just three months. He then travelled the world where he gained experience at Sicily’s il Mulinazzo, New York’s Chanterelle and the three Michelin-starred French Laundry in California. He turned down jobs with the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Angela Hartnett and Marcus Wareing to pursue his dream of running his own business.

The Pony & Trap

In 2006, with the backing of his family, 22 year old Josh became one of the youngest pub and restaurant proprietors in the country by taking over The Pony & Trap. While Josh manages the kitchen, his sister, Holly, manages the front of house. The Pony & Trap was awarded its first Michelin star in 2011, and it has retained this accolade since.

The emphasis of the food is simplicity, with all dishes containing fresh ingredients coming from just across the Valley, and Josh's team knowing the provenance of everything on the menu. His recipes are both simple and highly playful - his Pimms jelly is served with a cucumber sorbet while scallops wrapped in bacon, a dish he has titled "scallop pops", come served on cocktail sticks.

What the guides say:


michelin star

AA Restaurant Guide

AA 2 Rosettes



Josh Eggleton's other projects

Josh is co-founder of the pop-up restaurant and food festival Eat Drink Bristol Fashion, set up in 2012, a unique project that showcases the best chefs from Bristol and the South West with 18 days of tapas, live music and drinks. He is also the proprietor of the pop-up Bristol cafe, Yurt Lush, and director of a festival and events catering business, Food for Thought, which was set up in 2010. Josh is also the lead chef ambassador for Caple, the leading provider of kitchen furniture and kitchen appliances.

In 2014, Josh set up Salt and Malt,  a fish and chip restaurant in Chew Valley, Bristol. The restaurant is a seafood café, serving up the classic 'fish and chips' experience with high quality, locally sourced ingredients and some gluten free dishes. As a result of its success, in spring 2017, Josh opened a second Salt and Malt restaurant on the Bristol harbourside.

In August 2017, Josh opened Root in Bristol, a restaurant that is not for vegetarians, but focuses on the love of vegetables.  The menu consists of ten vegetable dishes, with the option to add meat or fish.

In a blog with the Sustainable Restaurant Association, Josh said:  "I’ve always liked dishes that focus on one main ingredient, so we’ll be doing that with these small plate dishes – using fabulous fresh produce like the best carrots or cauliflower and creating dishes around them. There’s nothing like restricting the menu to make a chef even more creative!"

Josh Eggleton's television appearances

Josh first represented the South West on the BBC’s Great British Menu 2014 where the chefs had to create a set menu for a D Day banquet. Josh drew his inspiration for his menu from his grandparents who were evacuees during the war. Josh created dishes such as ‘Rations on the Home Front’ and ‘Normandy Rabbit’, food with clear reference to the war. He returned to the competition in 2015 and 2016, and won the regional heat both times, but has not made it to the Banquet before.

Videos with Josh Eggleton:

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Editor 2nd November 2017

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Josh Eggleton, Chef Patron, The Pony & Trap