The Sun Inn

Dedham, Essex

In the heart of Constable country, Piers Baker’s 14th-century inn is ‘what pubs were meant to look like’, from the eye-catching sign outside to the beamed ceilings and wooden floors within. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

In the heart of Constable country, Piers Baker’s 14th-century inn is ‘what pubs were meant to look like’, from the eye-catching sign outside to the beamed ceilings and wooden floors within. The panelled lounge, with ‘old books on the window ledges’, is home to a log-burning stove, sofas arranged around it. In the bar, a ‘convivial local gathering spot’, the walls are hung with original artwork, old photographs and advertising posters. The ‘restful, gracefully homey rooms’ are a mix of period and contemporary styling, with perhaps a brass, oak or half-tester bed. Two, above the dining room, are accessed from the ‘small, paved beer garden’ via a Tudor staircase – the twin had a bathroom separated ‘by a partition that didn’t reach the ceiling’. A Guide inspector noted with approval ‘a powerful rain shower’, ground coffee, Abahna toiletries, and the soothing chimes from St Mary’s church. Chef Jack Levine cooks ‘modern pubby food’ such as rare breed meats, and hake with squid ink sauce; there is also a vegan menu. A locally sourced breakfast with fresh-baked bread sets you up for a tour of the famous landscape.

Hotel details

Address

High Street
Dedham
Colchester
Essex
CO7 6DF
England

Telephone

01206 323351

Bedrooms

7. 2 across the terrace, approached by Tudor staircase.

Open

all year except 25/26 Dec.

Facilities

lounge, bar, dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), 1-acre walled garden (covered terrace, children’s play area, garden bar), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

all day in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

in bar and Oak Room, in guest bedrooms by arrangement and subject to terms and conditions (not in dining room).

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £90–£135, double £150, D,B&B double £200. 
À la carte £36, weekly set menu £25.50.

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