Clifford to open Essex pub

Michelin starred Chef Daniel Clifford is set to open a new pub in an Essex village in the next few months.
Called the Flitch of Bacon, the pub is based in Little Dunmow and was recently bought by Clifford for £300,000. The Chef said that he plans to have the pub opened within the next five months after spending around £500,000 on extensive refurbishments.
Staff from Clifford’s Michelin starred Midsummer House restaurant in Cambridge are set to join the new premises and fill various front of house and back of house Chefs jobs.
With room for 35 covers, the pub will also have a large beer garden and three other rooms, which are set to be the first to launch.
On the menu will be various “forgotten classics” including Black Forest gateau, steak and kidney pudding and homemade sausages, while Clifford said he expects his recently-purchased Ongar Farm in Essex to provide the majority of the produce.
The Chef started his career in 1989 as a Commis Chef at Howfield Manor Hotel in Canterbury before becoming Commis Chef at The Bell Inn, Demi-Chef de Partie at Marco Pierre White's Box Tree and Senior Sous Chef at Rascasse in Leeds.
After this, he opened Midsummer House and was awarded his second Michelin star in 2005 and also created the winning main course for the BBC’s Great British Menu in 2012 with his dish of chicken, sweetcorn, spinach, bacon and peas.
Clifford is likely to be able to easily fill his kitchen with quality staff before its opening night, but new research released last month suggested that many other restaurants across the UK are having difficulty finding quality candidates.
According to VisitEngland, 47 per cent of all Chefs jobs are now classed as being “difficult to fill”, with the biggest shortage of experienced candidates being in London and the south.
By Owen Mckeon
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