Josh and his sister Holly Eggleton took over the 200 year old pub in 2006. Now recognised as one of the most exciting places to eat in the South West, The Pony & Trap was awarded a prestigious Michelin Star in 2011, an accolade which it still holds to this day. The Pony & Trap has also been named as one of the top five gastropubs in the country for the past three years, in the Estrella Top 50 Gastropubs awards.
Sustainability has always been high on Josh’s agenda and in the last year he has reflected this passion for local produce with the development of The Pony & Trap’s kitchen garden. Growing herbs, fruits and vegetables Josh and the team have shortened their supply chain to a few steps. Josh is currently exploring how to take this further, with more soft fruit, veg and herbs being planted and purchasing the neighbouring field with the plan of creating a microfarm.
For three consecutive years Josh brought this passion for South West food to the masses with his appearances on the BBC’s Great British Menu. Competing with the likes of Dom Chapman, Emily Watkins, Jude Kereama and Chris Wheeler, Josh represented the best of South West produce while firmly placing himself in the public eye as one the country’s finest chefs.
In 2014 Josh founded Salt & Malt, a fish cafe and tearoom on the banks of Chew Valley Lake. Now famed for its gluten free fish and chips, the takeaway alone can serve hundreds if not thousands of covers across a summer weekend. This success has led to a second Salt & Malt in Bristol opening in 2017, when the perfect spot became available in five shipping containers overlooking the harbourside at CARG0 2.
Always a lover of a Great British pub, Josh is also co-owner of the popular Bristol gastropub The Kensington Arms alongside Guy Newell, former MD of the Butcombe Brewery. Josh installed former Pony sous chef Luke Hawkins as head chef and Salt & Malt’s Ali Yuill as general manager. Little over 6 months after taking it over; The Kenny, as it’s locally known, was named one of the best pubs in the country, after it was named in the Estrella Top 50 Gastropubs 2017.
Josh is also the co-founder of the pop-up restaurant and food festival, Eat Drink Bristol Fashion and in 2012 co-founded the cafe, bar and bistro Yurt Lush. In 2017 Josh and the Eat Drink team created Root, a sustainable dining concept, putting vegetables at the heart of the menu for a small plate restaurant in the heart of Bristol’s Wapping Wharf. This restaurant reflects Josh and his chef team’s philosophy of eating more veg and less meat and promoting that fact through demonstrating what can be achieved with great British vegetables.
Josh is also a Caple brand ambassador and consultant for Bristol Sport providing insight and expertise for their corporate hospitality offering. Recently Josh joined the Board of the esteemed local brewery Bristol Beer Factory and has been a major consulting partner in the development of B Block, a major culinary re-development of the former Cadbury’s factory in Keynsham.
Launched in 2014, Salt & Malt provides guests a Great British dining experience offering traditional food in a beautiful waterside location, all year round. Inspired by its surroundings, this cafe, tearoom and takeaway offers menus from dawn until dusk catering for the hungry dog walkers exploring Chew Valley Lake. The fish and chips are gluten free, a recipe designed by Josh and the chef team. Every inch a family affair, all of the Eggletons have collaborated to create Salt & Malt,
Part of the Eat Drink Bristol Fashion family, Yurt Lush is a cafe located just behind Temple Meads railway station at the cultural quarter known as Creative Common.
Set in the heart of the urban jungle, Yurt Lush brings a touch of the Mongolian plains to Bristol, with a cafe bar and venue bringing an unexpected sight to Bristol’s financial district.
Having built a reputation for delicious lunches and special events through the summer, Josh designed the Yurt Lush menu and works closely with the Yurt Lush front of house and kitchen team.
Josh is the co-founder and curator of Eat Drink Bristol Fashion, a spectacular pop-up restaurant and food festival that transforms Bristol’s city centre into a Mecca for food and music lovers each May. Set in an amazing “tipi village”, the three week-long festival of food hosts an amazing array of guest chefs in its 100 seat fine dining restaurant while simultaneously offering “British tapas” and live music in an tipi structure that can fit up to 300 people.
See more about this fantastic event here Eat Drink Bristol Fashion
Josh is proud to be the lead chef ambassador for Caple, one of the most innovative and respected kitchen appliance brands in the UK.
Starting life in 1977 this is a British brand with a strong focus on cutting-edge design and technology. The red Caple logo has become a marque of excellence, style and quality.
You can download ‘The Chef’ magazine featuring Josh’s recipes and features.
In October of 2016 Josh partnered and Guy Newell, former MD of Butcombe Brewery, took over the popular Redland pub The Kensington Arms.
One of Bristol’s best-known gastropubs, the Kensington Arms, known locally as ‘The Kenny’, already had a great reputation as a local foodie hotspot, but the influence of Josh and Guy has taken it from strength to strength since their joint takeover; appointing Luke Hawkins, former Sous Chef here at The Pony & Trap, as The Kenny's new head chef and Ali Yuill, who was part of the crew at Salt & Malt, as GM.
Since then, The Kenny has been getting rave reviews from local residents and those travel from further afield. The Kenny has also been getting plenty of praise in the hospitality trade as was even named the 24th best Gastropub in the country at the Top 50 Gastropub Awards.
With an ethos that puts sustainability front and centre and with high profile backing from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, Root is a dining concept designed to help raise awareness of the environmental benefits of eating more veg and encourage diners to consider the numerous health benefits which are attributed to eating less meat.
Based at Bristol's iconic CARGO development, Root serves up a delicious array of small place veg dishes with organic meat and fish options available as sides. Taking charge in the kitchen is former Pony Head Chef Rob Howell who, along with his team, made Root an overnight success since it first opened in August 2017.
In August 2017, Josh and Kensington Arms co-owner Guy Newell joined forces to invest in the ever-popular Bristol Beer Factory. The duo became involved in this iconic Bristol brewery and have invested to help deliver new plans for the brewery; joining co-founders Simon Bartlett and George Ferguson and current directors Sam Burrows and Natasha Miller.
The award winning Bristol Beer Factory has been operating for more than 14 years and the addition of Josh and Guy to the board of directors comes at an exciting time for the brewery and indeed the city's beer scene as a whole.