The Sun Inn

Dedham, Essex

An ancient, rambling coaching inn in a village of wonky painted houses, The Sun glows with praise for its 'genuine welcome', 'quick and affable service' and 'convivial' atmosphere. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

An ancient, rambling coaching inn in a village of wonky painted houses, The Sun glows with praise for its ‘genuine welcome’, ‘quick and affable service’ and ‘convivial’ atmosphere. Within Piers Baker’s mellow-yellow local lies an oak-panelled lounge, beamed ceilings and blazing fires, real ales on tap at the ‘gorgeous, curving’ burred elm counter, walls hung with works by local artists, old posters and photos. Bedrooms are smart and characterful. Spacious Elsa with a king-size oak bed, and Constable, with a half-tester, look over the street to St Mary’s church, home to John Constable’s ‘The Ascension’. Piers’s stated aim is to ‘make people happy’, and that includes his friendly, casually attired, youthful staff. You can eat in the split-level dining room or outside. Jack Levine’s menus of fish from Mersea day boats, rare breed steaks and game might include Merrifield Farm chicken breast, girolle, gnocchi ‘Cacio e Pepe’; roast cod with lentils and slow-roast San Marzano tomato. You can expect ‘copious portions’. After a breakfast with freshly squeezed orange juice, set out to explore Constable country.

Hotel details


High Street


01206 323351


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


all year except 25/26 Dec.


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.


all ages welcomed, roll-out mattress £15.


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.


B&B doubles from £150, singles from £90. À la carte £36, weekly set menu £20.50– £25.50 (2/3 courses).

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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.