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Pub review: The Sun Inn, Dedham

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 February 2016

The Sun Inn interiors

The Sun Inn interiors

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Stephanie Mackentyre dined out at the Sun Inn in Dedham and revealed her thoughts for Essex Life

The Sun Inn exteriorThe Sun Inn exterior

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’m hoping our male readers in particular might find inspiration this month. The Sun Inn is in the heart of the a picture-perfect village of Dedham. The setting has all the elements you need to create just the right romantic ambiance – log fires, an interesting menu, professional staff and just enough luxury to feel spoilt but not underdressed.

We were offered a choice of tables upon arrival and settled for one near one of the log fires and the bar. Complimentary bread and bottled water were immediately served while we studied the menu and took a sip of our drinks. The menu alters daily and has a choice of antipasti and platters as well as the more traditional three courses to choose from. We opted to start with steamed mussels with celeriac, black cabbage and roast garlic and for me the Gorgonzola cheese sformato (savoury custard) with a spiced walnut and chard salad served with pomegranate molasses. Both were exceedingly good. The mix of flavours for my starter worked brilliantly together, and the mussels gave a satisfyingly traditional French flavour.

My main course of roast hake with an almond aioli was served with roast sprouting broccoli and pink fir apple potatoes. My dining partner chose the slow-cooked rare breed beef cooked with Barolo and truffle and served with squash gnocchi and black cabbage. Both dishes were bursting with flavours and generous in portion size. My fish was incredibly fresh and definitely a choice I’d make again. My partner’s beef just melted in the mouth with its rich jus and was a perfect dish for a cold winter’s night.

Investigating the dessert menu, a tasting plate of all puddings seemed too good to resist. Between us we enjoyed a platter of mini portions of Willie’s chocolate mousse, salted caramel and honeycomb, warm clementine and cranberry polenta cake with an anise syrup and clotted cream, panettone and Marsala semifreddo, candied walnuts and boozy prunes and also Grappa pannacotta with honeyed pears and oat crumble. All enthusiastically relished with two cups of fresh filter coffee.

The Sun Inn plaqueThe Sun Inn plaque

Useful to know

The total bill came to £64.60 for three courses for two people, drinks and coffee. This is an independent review, featuring a restaurant selected and experienced by our food and wine editor. The restaurant was not told it was being reviewed.

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The Sun Inn, High Street, Dedham, C07 6DF, 01206 323351

www.thesuninndedham.com

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