1 Michelin Star Chefs: Tim Allen, sō-lō

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Tim Allen is the Chef Owner of one Michelin-starred sō-lō in Aughton.

Tim Allen’s first experience with the food industry was when he was 13 years old working at a dairy milking cows. He also worked at a local pub where he was cutting chips one potato at a time on a hand pressed chipper.



17 Town Green Ln
L39 6SE

Telephone: 0169 530 2170

Website: https://restaurantsolo.co.uk/

Twitter: @TimAllenSolo

Instagram: solorestaurant2021

Facebook: @SoloRestaurant2021


After completing his A Levels, he went to catering college, but he ended up completing the course vocationally at the restaurant he was working at - Scott Hessel’s The Mustards and Punch.

From here he went to work at Racasse in Leeds under Simon Gueller, L’Ortolan with John Burton-Race in Berkshire and the Landmark. He also worked with Daniel Clifford at Midsummer House. One of his longest jobs was at Whatley Manor with Martin Burge where he worked there for eight

Before opening sō–lō, Tim worked at the Flitch of BaconLaunceston Place and The Wild Rabbit and achieved a Michelin Star at both restaurants.

Daniel Clifford opened The Flitch of Bacon in 2015 and appointed Tim Allen chef-partner in January 2018. Tim had previously worked with Daniel at his Cambridgeshire-based two Michelin-starred restaurant.

Tim & his team have transformed the historical Inn into the only Michelin-starred restaurant in the county, bringing a very special combination of exquisite food & exceptional service to Little Dunmow.

“I am absolutely delighted the Inn has achieved its first Michelin star. It has been a challenging yet thoroughly enjoyable journey for myself & the team. I have always seen food as a way to connect people & share special experiences & we will continue to host our guests & let them leave with happy memories each & every time.”


After achieving accolades in all he major guides, featured in the Top 50 Gastropubs and the Top 100 Restaurants, had TV appearances, achieved successful reviews and great newspaper and magazine coverage; Tim finally decided to go solo and open a restaurant of his own. 

sō-lō opened in 2021 and has already been met with critical acclaim from the Michelin Guide and the Good Food Guide, with the restaurant awarded one Michelin star in March 2023

What the guides say



Food Style

The restaurants' menus are brimming with the wonderful bounty of seasonal ingredients harvested from the local coast, forests & marshlands.

Tim champions the very best local ingredients to create delicious award-winning food that proudly celebrates modern British cooking at its best.

Great British Menu

Tim took part in series 10 of Great British Menu whilst he was working at Michelin starred Launceston Place in London.

Awards and other projects

Tim Allen has been awarded a place in the World Master Chefs Society (an organisation that encourages the use of expertise and technology to maintain the highest standards in an ever-changing and competitive industry.

He has previously worked at Launceston Place and Midsummer House where they were awarded Michelin Stars.

Videos with Tim Allen:

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Editor 30th March 2023

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Tim Allen, sō-lō