Refurb for Redland pub under new ownership

November 24 2016

MICHELIN-starred chef Josh Eggleton has taken over Redland’s Kensington Arms and relaunched it following refurbishment, writes Jackie Novels.

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MICHELIN-starred chef Josh Eggleton has taken over Redland’s Kensington Arms and relaunched it following refurbishment, writes Jackie Novels.

Along with the man behind Butcombe Brewery’s success, Guy Newell, Josh has taken on the well-loved gastropub in Stanley Road known as ‘The Kenny.’

Famous for his role as chef patron at The Pony & Trap in Chew Magna, and recently seen on television series The Great British Menu, Josh also set up the Eat Drink Bristol festival.

He said: “The Kensington Arms already has a great reputation for food. We’ll be adding to that by taking it back to its roots and emphasising traditional British pub cuisines, sourced well, with daily-changing specials.

General manager Ali Yuill oversaw a whirlwind four-day refurbishment last month, which included painting the bar areas in cozy, dark colours, a complete restructure of the kitchen to make it more efficient, and furnishing one of the upstairs private-dining rooms with its own bar.

She said: “We’ve got a core menu of pub classics like burgers and fish and chips, then a proper specials board that changes every day. Our busiest time is Sunday lunch, when we serve around 120 people from 12-4pm. So next year we are going to offer extended Sunday lunches until 7pm, which we’re hoping will be very popular.”

Ali, who has lived in Bristol since coming here to university 16 years ago, said that diners may also be treated to food cooked by Josh himself.

She said: “He’s in and out of the kitchen. Last week we were a chef down, so he stepped in for the day to cook, and this week he produced a tasting menu for a function upstairs. We had a lot of customers taking photos with him.”

The new menu is overseen by head chef Luke Hawkins, and features locally-sourced meat and game, with fish delivered daily from Cornwall. Diners can feast on dishes such as venison faggots, celeriac and stilton arancini, and onglet steak, the most popular dish currently.

Guy Newell will be in charge of the drinks side of the operation.

He said: “My wife Becky and I fell in love with The Kenny the first time we visited, and were naturally keen to join Josh in this exciting new venture.

“Our intention is to make sure the beer, wine, spirits, tea and coffee offering is every bit as good as the food, and I can guarantee a great pint of Butcombe Bitter.