Located in the heart of the Essex countryside in the charming village of Little Dunmow, Tim Allen’s Flitch of Bacon Inn is 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.
A ‘Flitch’ of Bacon is a salted and cured side of pork and the Dunmow Flitch Trials are held every four years in Great Dunmow, and can be traced as far back as 1104. Chaucer even mentioned them in his bawdy The Wife of Bath’s Tale written in the late 14th century! Contestants are married couples from anywhere in the world who can satisfy the Judge and Jury of six maidens and six bachelors that in 'twelvemonth and a day', they have 'not wish themselves unmarried again'. Winners of the Trials are awarded a flitch of bacon after historically having sworn an oath kneeling on two sharp pointed stones in the churchyard. They would then be carried through the village in the Flitch Chair. The original kneeling stones and 15th century Flitch chair can still be seen within the Little Dunmow Parish Church.
Tim Allen, formerly the Executive Head Chef at Michelin-starred The Wild Rabbit in Kingham, is chef and partner at the Inn. A Yorkshireman by birth, Tim started his career cooking locally before moving to the South of England. Prior to Tim’s seven year tenure at Whatley Manor, he worked for four years with John Burton-Race, first at L’Ortolan.
Tim has teamed up with his wife and business partner Magali and transformed this historical inn, bringing their very special combination of exquisite food and exceptional service to Little Dunmow.