The Kensington Arms in Bristol’s Redland has long been a popular neighbourhood gastropub renowned for seriously good comfort cooking, but this year it was taken over by one of the culinary world’s brightest stars.
Within weeks of opening, local papers had begun to speculate as to whether Eggleton would replicate the runaway success of his first pub, which came third in this year’s Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs and holds a Michelin star.
The Kensington Arms certainly has all the right ingredients: a driven chef patron with a love of local produce, a young, ambitious head chef determined to make his mark (Eggleton has enlisted Luke Hawkins, who learned his trade at the Source Café and the Pony & Trap), and a beer fanatic to ensure the drinks offer is absolutely on point.
Menu highlights include oxtail with braised onions and Yorkshire pudding; the “Kenny” burgers, with homemade burger sauce, chilli jam, cheese, coleslaw and chips; and pressed pork belly with parsnip, apple croquette and burnt apple purée.
Desserts include orange panna cotta with burnt orange caramel; warm treacle tart with crème fraiche sorbet and burnt apple; and salted caramel ice cream.
As well as an astounding array of craft beers and real ales, the Kenny has a substantial wine list showcasing a variety of regions and vintages listed with neat, comprehensive tasting notes.
Staff are happy to recommend pairings for various dishes, whether that’s a Pedro Ximenez sherry to accompany indulgent salted caramel ice cream or a lovely, robust red to compliment a top-quality steak.