Marlborough Head Inn
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Landlady Jenny Pearmain and her family run the 16th-Century Marlborough Head Inn in the centre of the village of Dedham, deep in the heart of Constable Country, and their warm and friendly personalities offer a warm welcome to every customer. Good home-cooked food is served throughout the day and evening, with British classics like steak and kidney pudding and venison pie, alongside European favourites such as homemade lasagne. In winter, warming log fires create a wonderful ambience, whether sitting alongside them to eat or to enjoy a coffee or glass of wine on the comfy sofas. In summer, the outside patio and garden add to the seating options and provide ideal settings for soaking up the sunshine. Having teamed up with a local premier fish supplier, the Marlborough Head is now serving the most delicious fish dishes. Friday night is designated 'Fish Night', and the enjoyment extends throughout the weekend. The fish menu changes weekly, but you will always find a choice of six or seven fabulous fish dishes ranging from Sri Lankan swordfish to the favoured sea bass. Choices also include scallops, skate, sea bream, halibut, red mullet, plaice, mackerel, salmon, tuna and sole; not forgetting the old favourite, beer-battered cod or haddock with chips. The seafood selection alone is certainly worth the drive out to Dedham. On the drinks front, the Marlborough Head Inn offers a splendid selection of wines and real ales - with Greene King IPA and Adnams Bitter among the favourites - plus spirits and soft drinks. Feel free to take full advantage of the fully stocked bar, because under the same roof are three en-suite guest rooms. Each room is elegantly decorated and topically named. 'The Stour Room' offers twin beds, 'The Munnings Room' a double bed, and the extra special 'Constable Suite' is a treat with its amazing four-poster bed. It's a true delight to stay overnight in this lovely old building, steeped in history, and then wake up to a fantastic full English breakfast in the morning. You'll never want to go home.