The Pub


The Pony & Trap is the result of huge passion both in the kitchen and in the pub itself. Josh and Holly lead a talented team of chefs, wine experts and waiting staff, serving up food and drinks from the very best growers and producers in the region. The Pony & Trap was named the second best gastropub in the country at the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub Awards

Josh and Holly Eggleton' took over this 200 year old country pub in 2006, lovingly restoring its original features and bringing in a fine dining ethos while still maintaining its tribe of locals that create its relaxed atmosphere.

Situated between the cities of Bristol and Bath, guests can enjoy unrivalled views of the Chew Valley from the restaurant or take a seat in the garden and oversee progress on the new fruit orchard being planted in the nearby field.

The menu is varied and changes daily but the emphasis is on simplicity, with all our fresh ingredients coming from just across the Valley and our team know the provenance of everything on the menu... feel free to ask them about anything you’re curious about. The farmland around The Pony & Trap is an extension of our kitchens, with our supplier partners applying the same ethos, drive and attention to detail as our team does in cooking and serving it up.

With an established reputation for quality, The Pony & Trap has held a Michelin Star rating in the Michelin Guide of Great Britain and Ireland since 2011. Holly Eggleton won the coveted Front of House of the Year at the Publican Morning Advertiser's Top 50 UK Gastropubs Awards 2014, while Josh picked up Chef of the Year.

The History

Located in the small hamlet of Newtown on the outskirts of Chew Magna, The Pony & Trap is a 200 year old pub set just 8 miles from Bristol and 11 miles from Bath.

Formerly known as The Rising Sun the pub has had a colourful past with many landlords tending the bar through the years. Having been the mainstay of the local community for generations, The Pony & Trap today remains the local watering hole for local farmers, residents and walkers alike, while also attracting diners from further afield.

Many of our locals have seen the pub develop and change over the years and none more so than local farmer, Bruce Millard. Bruce was born upstairs in the pub and claims to have been in the pub near enough every day since for a pint.

How To Find Us


The Pony & Trap
Chew Magna
BS40 8TQ

Taxis: We strongly advise that you pre-book before your visit. We are a 20 minute journey to central Bristol. Del at Chew Cars is fantastic 07831 858 765. You can usually call an Uber home too!

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