Privately owned since 2003, The Sun stands in the centre of Dedham and the heart of Constable Country, a charming base for visiting this beautiful area. They provide bikes so you can easily explore the banks of the Stour and Dedham Vale, or indeed go boating on the river, if it’s fine. The bright yellow façade of this handsome old coaching inn, with its distinctive pub sign, beckons you into an interior that manages to be airy, spacious and properly pubby, with a mix of beams and wooden floors, comfy sofas in contemporary colours, log-burning stove and bar lined with jolly locals and their dogs. As for the food, you can take a picnic while you explore, stay in to graze at the bar, or feast in the dining room on fish from Mersea day boats, meat from rare breeds, wild game in season and, when possible, fruit and veg picked that very morning. The seven bedrooms are sophisticated havens, brightly decorated and sumptuously equipped.
Doubles from £145
01206 323351; thesuninndedham.com
Constable Country, perfectly located in the heart of the Dedham Vale ANOB with walks through the Vale to Willy’s Lots cottage immortalised in Constable’s ‘Haywain’ painting.
Take your breakfast outside onto the sun trapped terrace or walled garden and listen to the quiet goings on of village life, church bells and birdsong.
One of the many paintings, contemporary, landscapes and still life pieces from local and renowned artists that adorn the walls of the pub or venture two doors down to Shakespeare House Gallery for more.
CLAIM TO FAME
Piers Baker, The Sun’s owner, once cooked lunch for Sting, who then went for a walk in the village, causing a stunned woman driver to have a minor collision.
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