Look I know its not actually in the town of Colchester but technically it is in Colchester Borough so there! And I love this place for so many reasons, it has fond memories.

I have had faultless food in this pub, and that really is praise from me. I have great service and on top of all that I have had a perfect pint. Portions are not huge but adequate.

Set in the village of Dedham this ancient coaching in is alive with history. It is a quintessential English pub with a great kitchen.The bar top is made from a really fine wood, I do not know what type but I do know it’s good to lean on.

If I were asked by a visitor to take them somewhere which would give them a great impression of Britain it would be the Sun and a walk along the river afterwards. Not many places you can go and eat that has such history. It has been serving customers since the 15th century. AND it has its own resident ghost.

Take care parking. The scrapes on the walls are mute testament to failure!

These are the main courses on offer the last time I went;


  • Potato Gnocchi, Roast Jerusalem Artichoke, Pear, Radicchio, Cashel Blue Cheese £14.50 (v) *
  • Whole Roast Lemon Sole, Samphire, Brown Shrimps, Capers, Butter, New Potatoes £22.50
  • Roast Cod, Borlotti Beans, Slow-roast Heritage Tomatoes, Anchovy, Green Sauce £18.50
  • Roast Venison, Blood Sausage, Plum, Heritage Carrot, Game Chips, Watercress £25
  • Dingle Dell Pork Dry Aged Pork Cutlet, Girolle Mushrooms, Sage, Polenta, Black Cabbage £18.50
  • Rare Breed 42-55 Day Aged Steak, British Beef served with
    King Oyster Mushroom, Cep & Truffle Aioli, Potato Wedges with Lincolnshire Poacher
    200g Skirt £16*, 250g Sirloin £25, 250g Rump £20T

THAT is a good local menu for a pub or even a town centre restaurant.