Stones starting to get laid
The long history of the Flitch of Bacon has a new chapter that begins in December. The pub is undergoing a sympathetic restoration to become a restaurant and pub with rooms.
Daniel Clifford lives nearby and saw the Flitch of Bacon as an opportunity to create something special for the locality and give his team at Midsummer House the opportunity to achieve something for themselves.
Having cut his teeth at various top level restaurants in London; which included working for Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir and winning 3 rosettes whilst head chef at Roussillion, it was at Midsummer House that Dan found his home for almost three years. Taking the position of head chef, Dan worked very closely with Daniel, creating new, enduring classic dishes for Midsummer House, as well as proving to be an invaluable resource for Daniel’s various television commitments and outside events.
After proving his worth at Midsummer House, Dan has been given the keys to The Flitch of Bacon, with complete control over the various menus and sourcing of top quality, local produce.
Having worked in Michelin Starred restaurants in Northern Ireland and Australia, Alan took the reins of the management team in Midsummer House where, similar to Dan, he enjoyed a very successful three year stint. Coming in at a time when Midsummer House was getting more and more national attention, due to Daniel’s various television successes, he oversaw one of the busiest periods in the history of the restaurant.
Alan’s reward for his hard work and commitment was to be paired with Dan, and given the opportunity to run The Flitch of Bacon, an opportunity he has grasped with both hands, even going so far as to live on the premises.
Putting both Dan and Alan to shame, is Victoria, who has worked with Daniel for a mammoth six years, a length of time becoming more and more unusual in the hospitality industry. Having originally started at The Headley, it was at Midsummer House where Victoria found her place, working her way up from a chef de partie position, to being the junior sous chef in the two Michelin starred establishment.
Victoria will be taking the position of senior sous chef within The Flitch of Bacon, again demonstrating Daniel’s commitment to rewarding loyalty and hard work.
A professional chef for over twenty years, twelve of those with two Michelin stars to his name, Daniel made his home in the area close to The Flitch of Bacon almost eight years ago. As part of his daily walk with his pet bulldogs, Daniel would regularly pass by the beautiful Flitch building. When the opportunity arose to claim it as his own, he described it as ‘a must buy’.
The aim with the Flitch of Bacon is to have somewhere fantastic to bring his own family, as well as share it with the community around him. Amazing food, wonderful drinks list, all within walking distance of his own home.
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…A flitch of bacon to married couples, if they can satisfy the Judge and Jury of six maidens and six bachelors that in ‘twelvemonth and a day’, they have ‘not wisht themselves unmarried again’
Stones starting to get laid
Looking into the kitchen, equipment floor plan being laid out
Plastering and wiring done, time to get the designers in
Hallway and the layout of the rooms coming together
Quiet now, it will be full of life in a month.
The last support beam going up for the room.
The first official meal being cooked at The Flitch by Daniel.
First batch of satisfied customers.
We decided al fresco cooking wasn't for us. Kitchen roof coming along well
6 hanging wires = 6 beautiful heat lamps above the pass
We decided one roof wasn't enough
The brand new Prep Kitchen Building is going up fast!
Transforming the outside space at the Flitch
Don't worry, there'll be a roof on here soon!
This room is about to be concreted
There's a kitchen coming soon in this space, we promise!
Officially the first plated dish for The Flitch of Bacon, Roast Stonebass, parsley root and mussels steeped in local cider
Themes, colours and level of design work that is being put into the rooms.
Let's hope we can live up to them! Again, we're really lucky that a local resident sent us this old picture.
As you can see, the building hasn't changed much on the outside over the years! We're grateful to the local residents who helped unearth these old pictures.
A long way to goal
We are so determined to make the Flitch of Bacon such a part of the local community, that we only sourced all our interior designers and builders from the surrounding areas.
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