The Sun inn reopens after £150,000 upgrade

By Stuart Stone

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Time to shine: the Sun's Piers Baker has transformed the 15th century pub he bought 15 years ago.
Time to shine: the Sun's Piers Baker has transformed the 15th century pub he bought 15 years ago.

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The 15th century coaching inn on the Essex-Suffolk border, the Sun, Dedham, reopened on 25 January after a month-long refurbishment programme.

The site, known for its Italian-inspired food, craft beers and award-winning wine list, received £150,000 worth of investment that was spent on a complete refit of the pub’s kitchen, a larger walk-in cold room, new floors, walls and ceilings, and essential improvements to plumbing and electrics.

Exterior - Front

Major refurbishment

The Sun's owner and operator Piers Baker, who also owns Church Street Tavern in Colchester, Essex, commented: “The new kitchen will enable us to improve the quality, consistency and speed of service and enable us to cook a slightly larger menu offering more choice, hopefully to more people.”

He added: “When we arrived at the Sun in 2003 – with a shoestring budget – it was unbelievably grotty and we have carefully transformed the pub and bedrooms with a programme of ongoing improvements over the years, including a new terrace, garden bar and improving the rooms.

"But after 15 years’ footfall in the bar and dining room, we have take the opportunity to fully refresh the pub and give our excellent kitchen team the facilities they deserve.

Exterior - Terrace

“These refurbishments, both front of house and behind the scenes, will enable us to improve our blend of convivial informality with quiet know-how, to make our customers happy for another 15 years at least.

“The Sun Inn has never experienced a drop in sales in 15 years and we have always aimed to drive the business forward. This major refurbishment, on a larger scale than anything we’ve done before, will not only set us up for the future but enable us to be ahead of the curve.”

The Sun’s bar and dining room has been kitted out with bespoke banquettes, chairs, sofas and tables produced by Danbury Upholstery and Bampton Design.

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