A PUB is celebrating after being crowned the best venue in Essex.

The Sun Inn, in Dedham High Street, has been announced as the finest pub in the county by the National Pub and Bar Awards 2019.

The historic pub is owned by Piers Baker and is a former coaching inn, which dates back to the 15th century.

It is one of 94 winners which have been announced this week - one pub for each county in the UK.

The awards aim to put the finest pubs across the UK in the spotlight, showcasing how diverse and creative the hospitality industry is.

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

  • The Sun Inn at Dedham

The pubs will be officially crowned at a red carpet celebration in London on May 22.

At the grand final, which is hosted by restaurant critic Jay Rayner, 15 regional winners will also be announced as well as the National Pub and Bar of the Year.

Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub and Bar Magazine, said: “Selecting this year’s 94 county winners has been nothing short of inspiring.

“From idyllic countryside pubs to inner city cocktail bars, this is the most eclectic and exciting industry in the world.”