Essex celebrates its first Michelin star restaurant

PUBLISHED: 09:27 03 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:19 18 October 2018

The Flitch of Bacon in Little Dunmow, Essex. Picture: MARK HEATH

The Flitch of Bacon in Little Dunmow, Essex. Picture: MARK HEATH

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The Flitch of Bacon has been bestowed with the honour of becoming Essex’s only Michelin star restaurant.

starter at The Flitch of Bacon. Picture: MARK HEATHstarter at The Flitch of Bacon. Picture: MARK HEATH

The chef Tim Allen took over the pub in the village of Great Dunmow as chef partner eight months ago.

The restaurant describes itself as a “modern British place to eat, drink and sleep, serving locally sourced seasonal food in a relaxed and welcoming setting for families, children and dogs.”

Its name is derived from a large salted and cured side of pig, and pays tribute to the medieval heritage of the Dunmow Flitch Trials which was made famous in Chaucer’s bawdy The Wife of Bath’s Tale.

“I am absolutely delighted the Inn has achieved its first Michelin star,” said Mr Allen. “It has been a challenging yet thoroughly enjoyable journey for myself and the team.

The dining room in the Flitch of Bacon. Picture: MARK HEATHThe dining room in the Flitch of Bacon. Picture: MARK HEATH

“I have always seen food as a way to connect people and share special experiences, and we will continue to host our guests and let them leave with happy memories each and every time.”

Across Great Britain and Ireland, 21 new venues have just received one Michelin star, bringing the total to 155.

Also in East Anglia, The Neptune in Hunstanton and Morston Hall in Blakeney, both in Norfolk, have retained their one star ratings.

Commenting on the 2019 selection, Rebecca Burr, Director of the Michelin Guide said “Everyone is aware of the obvious challenges currently facing the industry, but we’ve been encouraged by the number of new stars that we’ve awarded in the 2019 edition.

“What is particularly pleasing is seeing the number of simple little places with great food achieving a star and joining the Michelin family.”

The menu at the Flitch of Bacon includes Cornish monkfish, which comes with oyster leaves and anchovy emulsion, and lime and maple cheesecake for desert.

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