Restaurant Review: Flitch of Bacon, Dunmow

Ben Brown
Ben Brown
Oct 22, 2017 · 5 min read

Location and Decor

The Flitch of Bacon is located in the tiny village of Little Dunmow in Essex, around 15 minutes drive from Stansted Airport and the M11. From the outside it is very much a traditional village pub, but once you step inside it has been beautifully renovated, keeping traditional features, but making a modern dining and bar area. You walk in directly from the road into a small bar area, the dining room winds round towards the back of the pub where the open kitchen (complete with kitchen table) is located. At the rear is a large beer garden, complete with BBQ’s and old van that has been converted into an outdoor kitchen. When we visited on a stormy October day, we didn’t really make use of the outdoor areas!

Menu

For our Saturday lunchtime service three menus were offered, a simple 3 course set menu for a very reasonable £25 for 3-courses (it now looks like this is only available Thursday and Friday lunch). A full a-la-carte menu and finally a tasting menu. We weren’t actually presented with the tasting menu so decided to go for the a-la-carte, giving us around 4–6 choices per course.

Snacks and Olives
Fresh Sourdough Bread
Amuse Bouche of Butternut Squash Foam and Salted Seeds
Chalk Stream trout, cucumber, crème fraiche, Lapsang Souchong
Great Garnetts ham hock, reblochon, mustard, piccalilli
Roast Cod, broccoli, anchovy, tempura
Venison, celariac, cocoa, elderberry
Pre Dessert
“Lady Grey”, Valrhona Chocolate and Lime
Blackberry cheesecake, almond, verjus
Homemade Truffles and Jelly

Service

Service at The Flitch of Bacon was where things certainly could do with some improvement. Throughout the meal everything was really friendly and we certainly couldn’t take away anything from this — but a couple of mistakes crept in throughout. When ordering our meals the way in which everything is carried out is a little confusing. The waiter / waitress could do more to help you understand what was happening next. We were never really given the opportunity to order drinks and had to do this by asking ourselves. We also were never offered the tasting menu (although the waitress did introduce it as available). You might have lost some up-sell there!

Ambiance

The Flitch of Bacon really gets the right balance between traditional country inn and modern dining destination. The dining room was small yet buzzy (even though not completely full), and felt relaxing throughout our meal. It would certainly be great to visit during the summer months to see the outside space in action.

Overall

We really enjoyed our trip to the Flitch of Bacon and would certainly visit again. The food was certainly beautifully presented but also tasted great and certainly was worth the prices on the menu (especially with all the extras thrown in). If you’re looking for a bargain then the lunch set menu is certainly worth opting for. I’ve no doubt that Daniel Clifford will be pushing towards the Michelin Star, but more care probably needs to be given to Front of House, rather than the food, in this respect. Get this right and sort out the mistakes and I’m sure it won’t be long until we see the Flitch of Bacon joining the Michelin Star list. This would certainly be great, as Essex overall certainly lacks the high-end foodie establishments that the other Home Counties possess.

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A personal blog from a London based engineering leader passionate about food and travel.

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London based Engineering Leader, Technologist and Foodie. Loves travelling and eating and blogging about it afterwards!

Ben Brown — My Personal Blog

A personal blog from a London based engineering leader passionate about food and travel.