The Yew Tree pub is the perfect country village watering hole, and while it might feel as though you’re in deepest English countryside on the fringe of the Dedham Vale, in reality the pub is just a few miles from two buslting historic market towns, Colchester and Sudbury. Picturesque doesn’t adequately describe how charming the Yew Tree pub is. With its blonde thatched roof, climbing roses curling around the front door and original timbers, it looks exactly how a quaint country English pub should. Dating back to the early 1600s, the building has been a public house for centuries and its cobbled courtyard once acted as a meeting place for local cattle farmers. The Yew Tree is perfectly located for exploring the surrounding landscape. Just three miles away is Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town with a history dating back over 2,000 years. Visitors can take a walk through the ages, discovering medieval, Georgian and Victorian buildings, as well as the remains of a Roman temple. One of the highlights of the town is the grand Colchester Castle Museum, which is the proud home to the largest Norman keep in Europe. Inside, you’ll find impressive archaeological collections depicting the town’s long heritage. From history to natural history, Colchester is also home to the Natural History Museum which has exhibits covering everything from the Ice Age right up to today. Also worthy of a trip is Colchester’s highly regarded Mercury Theatre, which hosts performances by local and touring shows. The Yew Tree is in the heart of what has become known as Constable Country, and the landscape was the inspiration for many of the famous painter’s acclaimed works.