The Flitch of Bacon
“Exciting modern food in picturesque village” - AA Inspector
LITTLE DUNMOW, ESSEX
Our Inspector's view
Close to the River Chelmer, The Flitch of Bacon might date back to the 16th century but it’s thoroughly contemporary inside with a cosy bar and rear terrace for alfresco dining. The cooking is as modern and confident as the interior, with dishes presented with finesse. Seasonal produce is always the driving force behind the menu and this unwavering commitment to local suppliers extends to specials based on what’s available at the farmers’ market. Vibrant, just-picked wild garlic and Wiltshire truffle may sound like an obvious pairing with freshwater prawns and a slice of ‘yesterday’s bread’ but it’s a memorable starter full of textural and flavour contrast. English rose veal sirloin, artichoke, spring vegetables, cheek ‘cannelloni’ and sherry vinegar is a winning main course. Or, perhaps, go for the miso glazed flitch of bacon with native lobster, sand carrots, ranch dressing and lightly spiced broth. A delicate dish of strawberries and cream with relish, lemon and crisp sugar tuile is one of the striking desserts on offer.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
- Cuisine style: Modern British
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About the area
Essex is full of pleasant surprises. It has the largest coastline of any county in England, with its fair share of castles, royal connections and scenic valleys. Take Colchester, for example, which was built by the Romans and is Britain’s oldest recorded town. Its castle contains the country’s largest Norman keep and yet, a stone’s throw from here, East Anglia’s newest arts centre promises to put Colchester firmly on the map as Essex’s capital of culture.
Tidal estuaries are plentiful and their mudflats offer migrating birds a winter feeding place. Essex was known as the land of the East Saxons and for centuries people from all over Europe settled here, each wave leaving its own distinctive cultural and social mark on the landscape. Walking a little off the beaten track will lead you to the rural retreats of deepest Essex, while all over the county there are ancient monuments to explore:
- the great Waltham Abbey
- Greensted, thought to be the oldest wooden church in the world
- the delightful village of Pleshey has one of the finest examples of a former motte-and-bailey castle
- Hedingham Castle, magnificently preserved and dating from the 11th century.
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