RestaurantsEssexDunmowCM6
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survey result

Summary

£92
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Since it opened in 2015, this gentrified pub with 40-seat restaurant (which shares ownership with Cambridge’s Midsummer House) has had its ups and downs under a succession of chefs, and there’s a feeling it has never fully really hit its stride. Reports were uneven again in the latest survey: from “wonderful food on which they should regain their star” to “poorly cooked food at high prices”. Chef Paul Croasdale joined in February 2021 to succeed Tim Allen – perhaps he can finally unlock its full potential?

Summary

£67
  £££
4
Very Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“It was excellent when it was Daniel Clifford’s alone, but under Tim Allen… it is perhaps even better!” – The general view on this gentrified pub, where the latter’s “incredibly deft touch” results in “superb” cooking (“the signature maple bacon with scallops is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted!”). It would be rated higher if a couple of reporters had not found it “disappointing after the high hopes when it opened”. But a better overall summary of feedback? – “at last: somewhere to eat in Essex!”

Summary

£67
  £££
4
Very Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“It was excellent when it was Daniel Clifford’s alone, but under Tim Allen… it is perhaps even better!” – The general view on this gentrified pub, where the latter’s “incredibly deft touch” results in “superb” cooking (“the signature maple bacon with scallops is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted!”). It would be rated higher if a couple of reporters had not found it “disappointing after the high hopes when it opened”. But a better overall summary of feedback? – “at last: somewhere to eat in Essex!”

Summary

£68
  £££
4
Very Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Some “perfect meals” have emerged from the kitchen here since owner Daniel Clifford (of Midsummer House, Cambridge fame) recruited Tim Allen (ex-Launceston Place and Wild Rabbit) as chef-partner, and took the style of the venture upmarket – “a pub it is not: no draught beer”. In October 2018 it was blessed by the tyre men with a star – its survey-ratings do say it’s “fantastic”, but no more so than many other un-starred gastropubs around the land run by less famous names.

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Restaurant details

2
No dress code
60

The Flitch of Bacon Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Flitch of Bacon Restaurant in CM6, Dunmow by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Flitch of Bacon restaurant.
glenn a
This restaurant is transformed under the ne...
Reviewed 6 months, 18 days ago

"This restaurant is transformed under the new chef Paul Croasdale. His cooking is flavourful, consistent and imaginative. The menu changes regularly and is always inspired by the seasonality of ingredients. Dining is informal and the open kitchen allows 'dinner and a show'."

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glenn a
This restaurant is transformed under the ne...
Reviewed 6 months, 18 days ago

"This restaurant is transformed under the new chef Paul Croasdale. His cooking is flavourful, consistent and imaginative. The menu changes regularly and is always inspired by the seasonality of ingredients. Dining is informal and the open kitchen allows 'dinner and a show'."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £29.50
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 60.00 Lunch only 8
Menu2 75.00 Dinner only 11

Traditional European menu

Pudding
£0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
The St, Dunmow, CM6 3HT
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Sunday11:30 am‑6 pm

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