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At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year
Dog friendly

After driving past this property for some time, award-winning chef Daniel Clifford could see its potential, so when the ‘for sale’ sign went up he bought it. Many of the staff who formerly worked at his five AA-Rosette Midsummer House in Cambridge, can now be found here. Little Dunmow is where Flitch Trials originated, a flitch being a side of bacon awarded to couples who could swear to not regretting their marriage for a year and a day. The trials are now held in Great Dunmow every four years, but you can visit this rejuvenated village pub as often as you like, whether just to sample Bishop Nick real ales or Jake's Orchard nettle cider, or to eat. On chef-patron Danny Gill’s menus – a starter of beetroots baked on open coals with golden beetroot marmalade, hazelnut shortbread and goats' cheese; or there's the more familiar chicken and duck liver parfait with quince and toasted brioche. Mains include slow-roasted loin of venison, celeriac and elderberries; and beer-battered pollack, chips and mushy peas. Then, to follow, pistachio soufflé with coconut rice pudding, passionfruit and mango perhaps. There’s a kitchen table, for two, positioned just beside the pass.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Mon
  • Open all day
  • Lunch opening: Tue-Sat 12-2.30, Sun 12-6.30
  • Dinner opening: Tue-Sat 6.30-9, Sun 12-6.30

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales: Bishop Nick 1555 & Heresy, Greene King IPA
  • Real ciders: Hush Heath Jake's Orchard

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From A120 E'bound take B1008 signed Thaxted. At next rdbt take B1256 signed Rayne. Right signed Little Dunmow. Or from A120 W'bound follow signs for B1256 (Stebbing). Over A120, left at T-junct. Left signed Little Dunmow

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