The Sun Inn
LA21 8HQ
(01539) 441248


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The Sun Inn  

Built before 1600 on the old Walna Scar packhorse trail to the West, the Inn (a Freehouse) provides a genuine old-fashioned Lakeland setting with stone walls, stone floor, exposed beams and a beautiful old range in the fireplace which is lit most days or evenings.

Famous for its connection with Donald Campbell and his attempts at the Water Speed Record and now restored to the 'Good Pub Guide' with 5 real ales, an excellent menu and 35 listed wines, it's enjoyed by walkers and talkers, locals and guests alike.

The conservatory built in 2001 provides a wonderful eating and sitting area to enjoy the views whatever the weather. Accessible from both Lounge and Dining Room these rooms are available together or separately for functions and extend the capacity to a maximum of about 120 seated diners.

Normally open to the bar, the views are exceptional and include Coniston Old Man to the West, the Yewdale Fells and Northern mountains stretching away to Fairfield and beyond, Coniston Fells, Village, Valley and Lake towards the East and South.

Outside is a large terrace overlooking the garden and car park reaching down the 100 yards or so towards the village.

The hotel part was built in 1902 to overlook the surrounding countryside and enjoy the exceptional fell and mountain views.

With accommodation for 1 to 25, there are 10 bedrooms including 3 family rooms (all en-suite or with private bathroom), a large lounge and separate Dining Room a few steps away from the pub next door.

The style of the place is deliberately informal and the outcome is a comfortable, relaxed and friendly venue where children and pets are also welcome. It's particularly good for groups & family parties as it comes fully staffed with its own pub next door.

For larger groups or business functions, the rates are surprisingly competitive compared to self catering equivalents. Check the website for details.



Also try The Crown opposite the Tourist Information office and the cemetery where Ruskin is buried.

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