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Up one place on last year, Essex gastropub Tim Allen’s Flitch of Bacon is a stunning 16th century pub, offering up food that equals the magnificence of its exterior.
No surprise really, given the gastropub’s pedigree of elite chefs, including Tim Allen who was formerly the head chef at the Michelin-starred Wild Rabbit in Kingham.
Within six months of Allen taking on the pub, it was awarded a Michelin star for the first time and has been named as one of the top 100 restaurants in the UK by the National Restaurant Awards.
The pub’s website says: “In early 2018, Tim and his team transformed this historical grade I-listed 16th century inn, bringing their very special combination of exquisite food and excellent service to Little Dunmow, Essex.
“Whether you’re visiting for lunch, dinner, cocktails or a romantic getaway, Tim’s mission every day is to create food that connects people and makes special memories.”
The Flitch has a far more accessible price point than its sister restaurant and offers more traditional, but no less refined, dishes.
Tasting menu highlights have included heritage carrot infused in meadow flower hay with goats’ curd, caramelised sourdough and crispy chicken skin; quail with crimson grapes, cabbage purée, Marteau sausage and verjus reduction; and Cornish mackerel with oyster emulsion, apache potato, dill and horseradish snow with Avruga caviar.
The pub offers a variety of beers as well as a solid range of wines and spirits.