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 red gurnard with crab sauce, turnip and saffron potato, or rare breed 42-55-day aged steak served with triple-cooked chips. 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.’ Service is exemplary: ‘Probably the hottest day of the year, but smiles were constant. Nothing too much trouble. We will definitely go back.’ 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. (Ian Burchell, and others)

Hotel details


High Street


01206 323351


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


all year except 25/26 Dec. Closed Sunday eves.


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 £175. À la carte £38, Sunday roast menu, 2 courses, £26.50.

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Special offers

Complimentary Dinner and Wine special offer

Stay this January and February and receive Complimentary Dinner and Wine. Winter is for hibernating but no better place to do it than in the Dedham Vale. When you book Bed & Breakfast for £200 per room, the hotel will give you dinner (to the value of £75 per couple) and wine (to the value of £24 per couple). For stays between Tuesday 2 January and Saturday 2 March 2024. Saturday night stays require a two night stay. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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