The Sun Inn – Dedham
The Sun Inn on the Essex-Suffolk border is a charming base from which to explore Dedham Vale. Rent a boat on the River Stour; borrow bikes from the pub – they will even make you a picnic. The bright yellow façade of this handsome old coaching inn beckons you to an interior that manages to be airy, spacious and properly pubby with beams and wooden floors, open fires and an elm bar lined with jolly locals and their dogs. There are newspapers to read, board games to play, and deep sofas to sink into, plus seven individually decorated bedrooms with centuries-old character and sumptuous beds – the perfect place to unwind. The restaurant’s seasonal food is big on flavour and inspired by great local produce: think home-made pasta, excellent fish from East Coast day boats, local meat, fruit and veg and game in season. For special occasions, the FEAST menu offers dishes designed for sharing, prepared with flair and imagination to elevate them above the everyday plus local ales and an eclectic wine list brimming with rare treats.
Doubles from £150
+44 (0)1206 323351; thesuninndedham.com
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