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The Sun Inn

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High Street, Dedham, Colchester CO7 6DF, England
+44 (0)1206 323351
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 70
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food & Service, dog friendly

Went for lunch with my small dog who was allowed in the front bar and given a bowl of water. The menu had some good selections and between us we all had varying dishes from Vegetarian to Pork & Fish, all dishes were very good as were the desserts. The service was attentive and good. Would... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
Lorraine W
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Benfleet, United Kingdom
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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174 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Essex
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I've not been here for quite a while and I really don't know why. What I've always liked about this place is the relaxed atmosphere, not at all pretentious but the real plus is that the menu always contains a few surprises -- something different from the "normal" stuff. I hope not to leave it so long before my next... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

This is our favourite place to eat in the borders. Great food and drinks, and with the menu changing regularly it encourages you to try something different. Although it is definitely great for 'foodies' it isn't pretentious and you are made to feel welcome if you just want a pint in the bar. Attentive staff. Great value for money. I... More 

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Benfleet, United Kingdom
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132 reviews 132 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Went for lunch with my small dog who was allowed in the front bar and given a bowl of water. The menu had some good selections and between us we all had varying dishes from Vegetarian to Pork & Fish, all dishes were very good as were the desserts. The service was attentive and good. Would definitely return.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Booked initially because other places (Milsoms, Talbooth etc.) on our list to check didn't open on Sunday evenings for dinner and we wanted more than pub grub. Very pleasant ambience, attentive but unobtrusive staff, not rushed, pace of food delivery good, not rushed, food of our choice was really excellent, good wine list (we had Italian), definitely worth a revisit... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Had lunch here on Sunday, had a great round table tucked in a corner. I wanted something lighter so went for the meat/cheese platter which very tasty and plentiful Rest of the family had beef roast which they all enjoyed very much Had 4 real ales on tap , plus cider and a brew dog IPA , of which the... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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110 reviews 110 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Had a lovely lunch at the Sun Inn on Mother's Day. Considering how busy it was, the standard of food and service was very good. All the starters were tasty, with good portions. My wife loved the Risotto and the Cod my mother and I had was cooked to perfection on top of silky olive mash. The staff are efficent... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Dining at the Sun was a very pleasant surprise. We met friends who go there every year, stay the night, and enjoy a meal, so I shouldn't have been surprised, but I was. The menu was extensive, and the food was fantastic. Not fussy, not posh, but also not basic, or uninteresting, just very, very good. I had a surprisingly... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

Went for sunday lunch. The food was excellent, but portions too small and the menu was limited. Considering it was pub food it should have been either cheaper or larger. The service was poor. They made excuses that they were over booked, but there were empty tables. We waited 30+ minutes for our mains and had to remind the staff... More 

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Essex
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Booked three weeks ahead for Sunday lunch - received a nice welcome and then it went down hill. Two of our table had starters, then a 30min wait for the main meal.The Staff were friendly but inefficient, we had to constantly remind them what we had NOT received, we were given two soft drinks 'on the house' because of this.... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Pretty disappointed really, front of house and waiting staff very pleasant however menu very restrictive. Veal, guinea fowl, hare and two fish. Desserts, well a piece of tart so small it was no more than an inch wide to nothing with half a dessert spoonful of ice cream. God knows how many slices they must get out of the whole... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: High Street, Dedham, Colchester CO7 6DF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester  >  Dedham
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)1206 323351

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 57 - 57
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?