Working with the team behind the Eat Drink Bristol Fashion festival (of which Eggleton is a director), the chef set up a ‘sports village’ at the Ashton Gate Stadium and designed a menu of ‘British tapas’ to be served in the stadium’s newly opened Sports Bar & Grill.
Eggleton said: “My first ever job was selling Bristol Rugby match day programmes for my dad’s printing company and it’s great to see the development finally completing and giving the city of Bristol a stadium it can be proud of.”
The sports village features two Eat Drink Bristol Fashion tepee tents and will be open until the end of the Rugby World Cup on Saturday, October 31st.
George Opondo, executive head chef at Ashton Gate Stadium, said: “To have Josh here on opening night and partnering with us for the duration of the Rugby World Cup, we can really offer a special experience for both foodies and sports fans alike.”
Eggleton was awarded a Michelin star in 2011 for his work at the Pony & Trap, which he has retained ever since. The pub came second in this year’s Top 50 Gastropubs.
He recently appeared on BBC2’s Great British Menu, beating fellow South Western chefs Jude Kareama of restaurant Kota and Dominic Chapman of the Beehive, White Waltham to make it through to the final.