The awards, organised by Publican’s Morning Advertiser, were presented at a sports-themed ceremony last night at the Hilton Park Lane, London.
Commenting on his win, Eggleton told BigHospitality: "Winning this award is a bit of a shock really, I didn't expect to win. But it's great, amazing and fantastic to be here celebrating the pub industry. I wish more people would get involved in it.
"I think that creating great pub food takes a lot of time, effort and dedication. You have to pour everything into it and let it be an expression of yourself."
The Pony & Trap was also ranked third best gastropub at the Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropub Awards, which crowned Tom Kerridge’s Hand & Flower last January.
Last night also saw The Grafton in Kentish Town, London, win Sky Great British Pub of the Year 2014. Enterprise licensees Susie Clarke and Joel Czopor were praised for their modern business that still remains true to traditional pub values.
The Grafton also won in the Best Partnership Pub category.
The 2014 Great British Pub Awards winners are:
Best Freehouse: Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston, Lancashire
Best Community Pub: The Grange, Ealing, London
Best Managed Pub: Woolly Sheep Inn, Skipton, Yorkshire
Best Partnership Pub: The Grafton, Kentish Town, London
Best Turnaround Pub: Bell at Stow, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
Best Newcomer: Matt Samuel, Pig on the Hill, Westward Ho!, Devon
Best Food Pub: Pony & Trap, Chew Magna, Bristol
Best Entertainment Pub: Anchor, Wingham, Kent
Best Family Pub: Fighting Cocks Pub and Riverside Restaurant, Horton Kirby, Kent
Best Spirits Pub: The Office, Brighton, East Sussex
Best Wine Pub: One Bull, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Best Cask Beer Pub: Rat & Ratchet, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Best Cider Pub: The Apple, Bristol
Best Cellar: The Red Lion, Barnes, London
Best Bar Team: The Botanist, Trinity, Leeds
Best Pub Loos: Broad Leys, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Best Sports Pub: Bar Sport, Maidenhead, Berkshire
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