Josh Eggleton is Chef Patron of The Pony & Trap, running it with his sister Holly.
From an early age Josh followed a passion for food. In 2003 he triumphed in the Gordan Ramsay College Scholar competition following which he became head chef the Olive Shed, Bristol, before embarking on a journey working with some of the finest chefs and restaurants in the World including, Sicily’s il Mulinazzo, the New York institution, Chanterelle and 3 Michelin starred French Laundry of California.
This experience gave Josh the drive and skills needed to return to the UK and with the backing of his family, start his own personal venture which made him one of the youngest pub and restaurant proprietors in the country. Taking The Pony & Trap from strength to strength, Josh was awarded his first Michelin star in 2011, which made him one of the youngest chefs to hold this accolade. Now recognised as one of the most exciting places to eat in the South West, the pub has maintained its star and in 2015 was voted second in the Publican Morning Advertiser’s Top 50 UK Gastropubs.
Josh has built a reputation for his ethos of sustainability and seasonality, sourcing many of the suppliers to the pub from within 20 miles. Josh has also been part of the creation and operation of a number of businesses in the region designed to promote Field to Fork dining and organic farming methods.
As an advocate for South West food, Josh represented the South West in the finals of BBC 2’s Great British Menu.