The Sun Inn

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In the Dedham Vale, this ‘friendly’ restaurant-with-rooms occupies a 15th-century building restored by owner Piers Baker. Visitors this year enjoyed the hotel’s location (‘ideal for visiting Constable country’) and the ‘helpful, very pleasant young staff’. ‘The cosy beamed and wood-panelled sitting room and bar have open fires, a knowledgeable barman, and a good art gallery.’ The bedrooms are ‘freshly decorated and sparkling’. One has ‘a Victorian-style bedstead, good reading lights; not a lot of space for sitting; an exemplary bathroom’; another had ‘low beams and a fireplace, stylish furniture including a wide four-poster bed; a power shower’. Two rooms are accessed by a ‘lovely’ external Elizabethan staircase. Jack Levine, who is now the chef, serves an Italian-influenced, seasonal menu of dishes like roast tomato and onion soup, basil mascarpone; wild sea bass baked with artichokes, asparagus, chives, crème fraîche. Bicycles can be hired from the hotel for exploring the countryside, perhaps a nearby vineyard (‘quite a find’); a picnic can be arranged for an additional cost. ‘A really comfortable short break.’ (Sara Price, and others)    
  • We had a really comfortable short break at the Sun Inn. Our room was large, with a comfortable bed, chairs for sitting and good lighting. The bathroom was a good size though could have had a larger washbasin, but it had all the goodies we needed. Dinners were good especially our first night.. Unfortunately the mains on the second night were the same and we found the cassoulet somewhat heavy. Breakfast was good. The young staff were helpful and very pleasant,the rooms were all freshly decorated and sparkling.

    Sara A. Price, 24/10/2014

  • We had two nights at this friendly inn and thoroughly recommend it. The staff were welcoming and pleasant. Our room, Butchers, at the back, was quiet. It had a very comfortable Victorian-style bedstead, good reading lights, two chairs, a table and a cheval mirror. The only window overlooked the neighbouring house/garden. Not a lot of space for sitting and reading but we sat either in the bar, or the lounge. Our bathroom was exemplary, spacious, with everything you need; the tiled floor was chilly, but the use of tiles over the ledges, and ducting etc was attractive and practical. The food was really good. A daily menu with a note that they will cook off-menu. Starter dishes come in two sizes so you can choose one for a main course. At breakfast, the orange juice was very good, and it was refreshing to see some more unusual cooked dishes on offer.

    Jill Bennett, 04/05/2014

  • It has great charm and good food,and is perfectly placed to explore Constable country.

    Robin McKie, 24/10/2013

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Local attractions

Beth Chatto Gardens
Sir Alfred Munnings Museum
The single largest collection of Munnings' work.
Flatford Mill
A visitor centre in the middle of Constable Country.

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Contact Details

The Sun Inn

High Street DEDHAM Essex England CO7 6DF


01206 323351

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information




all year except 24–27 Dec.


lounge, bar, dining room, free Wi-Fi, 1-acre garden (covered terrace, children's play area), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

jazz/blues/folk in lounge and bar.


all ages welcomed.


not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £145, D,B&B £195.