Josh Eggleton

Josh Eggleton

Josh Eggleton

Menus changed daily, not due to culinary pretension, but so that Josh could make the best of that day’s exciting delivery of fresh, local and sustainable ingredients. His food is inspired by British classics in the broadest sense – Josh is an admirer of the “magpie culture” of British cuisine – and is very much ingredient-led. Dishes are playful and sometimes tongue in cheek – scallop pops, served on cocktail stocks, were a Pony and Trap favourite – while the expert flavour combinations make it clear to see how the chef effortlessly retained his Michelin star from 2011, until he closed The Pony & Trap in 2020 to turn it into a community interest company.

Josh is a long-time advocate of the field to fork movement, co-founding the popular Eat Drink Bristol Fashion festival to promote the importance of food sustainability. His dedication was recognised in 2014 when Eat Drink Bristol Fashion became the first festival ever to receive a Gold Standard catering mark from the Soil Association.

In light of this passion for sustainability it is no surprise that Josh chooses his suppliers carefully, supporting local produce and artisanship – cheese from Timsbury, trout from the Chew Valley lake and smoked salmon from the Valley Smokehouse, less than ten miles down the road. Whether it’s their famous steak and chips or a pickled ewes milk and watermelon canapé, Josh is proud to keep his customers informed of where the food on their plates has come from.

Artisanship is a discipline Josh practises himself, and at the Pony and Trap it was a policy that everything that can be was made in-house. Bread was baked daily, sauces such as piccalilli and curry sauce were made fresh and even the butter was churned on the premises. While The Pony & Trap is no longer a restaurant, diners can still enjoy Josh's food at his other venues – Root and The Kensington Arms in Bristol, plus the Salt & Malt fish and chip shops he runs all offer incredible food.

Josh Eggleton