The Pony and Trap
“Country cottage pub-restaurant with award-winning cuisine” - AA Inspector
CHEW MAGNA, SOMERSET
Set on a low ridge above the Chew Valley, this appealing old country pub enjoys gorgeous views across pastures and pocket woodlands. North Somerset is where most of the produce used to create the two AA-Rosette cuisine is sourced; beer from Butcombe Brewery is equally local. The brother and sister team of Josh and Holly Eggleton have built a tremendous reputation for invigorating menus based on a mantra of field-to-fork simplicity. Start with rabbit terrine, celeriac remoulade, apple and Butcombe chutney; followed by fillet of brill with brown shrimp, celery, Savoy cabbage and seaweed butter. To finish, try the sticky ale pudding with salted caramel sauce and stout ice cream.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Open all year
- Micro Brewery Ale
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About the area
Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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