A proper coaching inn with an elm bar, an open dining room, a snug oak panelled lounge all with open fires, exposed timbers, thick beams and meandering floors, it’s easy to be cosseted in this ancient inn. Keep warm by the fires, stay cool on the terrace, all year round there’s somewhere to unwind. Overlooked by St Mary’s Church tower, our garden has its own bar, we have bikes to explore on and boats can be arranged to float you down the Stour. Or simply sit in the village square pondering what route you may take to the cottage that was once Willy Lott’s.
Independently owned and run since 2003, you’ll be looked after by a well-established team of individuals who are dedicated to your enjoyment. With a blend of informality and know how, we’re here to be hospitable and make you happy.
Our front of house operations are overseen by Charlotte Green and Dominique St Rose. The kitchen is headed up by Jack Levine with Emil Styczynski his number two. All are supported by a team of individuals hired because they want to give great hospitality. The Sun Inn is owned by me, Piers Baker and I am ably supported by Hannah Craven and Zoe Morgan who oversee our operations and people development for both our businesses.
We opened our second venture in February 2014. Church Street Tavern has a ground floor bar and lounge and first floor dining room. Open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday and dinner Wednesday to Saturday, serving a menu of seasonal food with quick light dishes available at lunchtimes and wonderful Rare Breed steaks.
Feast day specials, Sunday roast joints and wine dinner events all take place. A private dining room is available for hire, as well as drinks and afternoon tea. Colchester has got lots of wonderful attractions and things to do such as Colchester Castle, First Site Contemporary Art Gallery, the Mercury Theatre and Colchester Arts Clubs and excellent shopping. So when you seek a slightly more contemporary take on The Sun Inn, visit Church Street Tavern where you will be looked after by a great team of people, some of who worked at The Sun Inn before Church Street Tavern opened.
Church Street Tavern, 3 Church Street, Colchester, CO1 1NF, Telephone 01206 564325