After a nice walk in the Chew Valley we are both Hank Marvin and heading to The Pony & Trap at Chew Magna for lunch. The pub name has inspired me to incorporate CRS into this review (CRS=Cockney Rhyming Slang). However, with a Michelin star and ranked as one of the UK’s top 10 gastropubs by the Good Food Guide we are not expecting there to be anything pony about the food here.
We may be hungry but we also have a Geoff Hurst. The trouble & strife orders Lovely sparkling elderflower – a refreshing floral fizz – and I have a Sunrise Ale from the Bristol Beer Factory – a golden ale with malt and citrus notes. Time for a butcher’s at the menu…
Rock’s starter is the cauliflower with hazelnut and ewe’s curd salad. It is both full of colour and flavour. I rarely eat mussels – they can be great but they can also be a jam jar crash. However, they should know what they are doing here. The steamed mussels with seaweed butter and smoked bacon are probably the best I have ever eaten!
After all that seafood and bacon I need another King Lear and order a Butcombe Bitter – again malt but this is more hoppy and more bitter than the Sunrise. They contrast well and I am ready for my medium rare 47 day dry-aged South Devon ribeye with ox cheek ragout. Rock has chosen Lillian Gish with the whole lemon sole, fennel salami & saffron potatoes. Both main courses have good points but neither reach the greatness of the mussels.
With our Auntie Nellies almost full we share the pumpkin treacle tart & pumpkin ice cream. This would put a smile on most boat races. No rosy lea but Rock has an Americano and I have an Al Pacino.
Despite the name …..there really is nothing pony here!