The Sun Inn

Dedham, Essex

'A lovely old building in a nice location', this medieval coaching inn is set amid the pastoral landscape of Dedham Vale. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A lovely old building in a nice location’, this medieval coaching inn is set amid the pastoral landscape of Dedham Vale. With low beams, comfy sofas around a log-burner, and Suffolk ales on tap, the Sun inspires beams of satisfaction. ‘The food was excellent, likewise the beer and wine,’ a reader reports. Chef Jack Levine uses day-boat fish from Wivenhoe, humanely reared meat and locally grown organic and biodynamic produce in dishes such as skate, devilled mussel butter sauce, agretti and potato purée. The bedrooms, some with a view of St Mary’s church, have period furniture and bags of character. Boudicca has a fireplace and super-king brass bed; bay-windowed Constable has a half-tester. ‘Our room, Elsa, was large as described, the bed was comfortable.’ When several issues over housekeeping were raised with the owner, Piers Baker, his response was exemplary. Breakfast brings fresh orange juice, local farm eggs and Dingley Dell sausages. Outside, there is a pretty garden and all of Constable country to explore.

Hotel details

Address

High Street
Dedham
Colchester
Essex
CO7 6DF
England

Telephone

01206 323351

Bedrooms

7. 2 across the terrace, approached by external 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), parking, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

all day in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed, roll-out mattress £15.

Dogs

in bar and Oak Room, in guest bedrooms by arrangement (no charge but subject to stringent terms and conditions), not in dining room.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £175, singles from £105. À la carte £36, weekly set menu £25–£30 (2/3 courses incl. glass of wine).

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Comments about The Sun Inn

A convivial local gathering spot. We liked its warm-heartedness, its easy community feel, its obliging staff, its graceful, homey rooms. - AS - March 2017

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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.