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A fine dining restaurant with a trio of comfy and beautifully decorated rooms upstairs.

The Flitch of Bacon

The St, Little Dunmow, Dunmow CM6 3HT 01371 821 660

We say

Daniel Clifford’s relaxed alternative to the two-Michelin-starred fare of his renowned Midsummer House in Cambridge is the ultimate high-end restaurant with rooms – coolly furnished with furniture hand-made in Portugal and quirky, mostly decorative touches mainly on the theme of pigs. Named after a famous annual event in the Essex village of Great Dunmow,  it's a much more relaxed affair than Midsummer House, but the food is of similar quality and aspiration, with just 4 starters, mains and desserts, accompanied by the sort of wine list you would expect in a restaurant of this quality. It's all meticulously prepared and presented, and comes out of a kitchen you can observe from a specially situated counter. There is an emphasis on simple, hearty ingredients and unfussy techniques – sea bream, pork tenderloin, haunch of venison – that don’t stray too far from the restaurant’s initial incarnation as a posh pub, indeed the relaxed authenticity of the service keeps the place real and earthy in a way Midsummer House could never be. There's a small bar area at the front for pre-dinner drinks and even 3 dog kennels outside for hungry hounds to occupy during dinner service, although summer months see the garden beyond come into its own, with a Big Green Egg barbies and bar housed in a funky vintage Michelin van. Foodie heaven in an otherwise unremarkable Essex village.

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How much?

3 Courses for £55. Tasting menu costs £70 but must be taken by the whole table.


  • Bar
  • Fine Dining
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Wifi

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  • Countryside
  • Foodies
  • Pub with Rooms


Lunch Thursday–Saturday noon–1.30pm, Sunday noon– 3.30pm.Dinner Wednesday–Saturday 6:30pm–9pm. Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday lunch.

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