Sun Inn

In a historic market town just right for a potter, Iain and Jenny Black's 17th-century inn pleases dogs (‘and their well-behaved owners’) with its personable atmosphere. More

Contact details

Sun Inn
6 Market Street
Kirkby Lonsdale
Cumbria
LA6 2AU
England
015242 71965

Hotel information

Bedrooms

11.

Open

all year except Christmas Day, restaurant closed Mon lunch.

Facilities

bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview, Internet TV in some rooms), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

all day in bar.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed (separate dog-friendly area in restaurant).

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £114–£189, D,B&B £176–£257. À la carte £34. 1-night bookings refused Sat.

Good Hotel Guide Review

In a historic market town just right for a potter, Iain and Jenny Black’s 17th-century inn pleases dogs (‘and their well-behaved owners’) with its personable atmosphere. ‘Because it’s small, you can tell that the staff put in that extra care.’ Downstairs, find log fires and leather chesterfields in the popular local pub; on the upper levels, ‘delightfully decorated’ bedrooms, some with beams and thick stone walls, mix contemporary style and handmade furniture. The character of the old building is charmingly present: one room has a doorway just five feet high. ‘I couldn’t hear a sound from the bar and restaurant downstairs.’ Order a local real ale in the pub, then sample the chef’s three-course dinner, perhaps including suckling pig, red chicory, black pudding; beef shin, celeriac, creamed potatoes. ‘Fantastic’ breakfasts are ideal for a day’s exploring the town, and the countryside further afield. A buffet holds juices, home-made granola, and bread and croissants from the town bakery; cooked options include local sausages. Rainy day? Ask to borrow boots and a mac for a riverside walk, with a view painted by Turner.

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Sun Inn
6 Market Street
Kirkby Lonsdale
Cumbria
LA6 2AU

Guest comments

'One of my favourite places to stay. The surrounding area is beautiful, and abounds in walks of every variety, and the town is delightful. My room, on the second floor, had exposed beams and fine furniture. The en-suite bathroom was modern and well equipped. We had booked dinner for both nights and so good was my main dish of local roast lamb that I chose it on both evenings. Puddings were light and scrumptious, and service was faultless. House wines by the glass are barely more expensive, pro rata, than buying them by the bottle. Breakfasts were superb: freshly squeezed orange juice; butter and preserves free of irritating packaging; eggs, bacon, sausages and black pudding all from local sources, beautifully cooked and served. Presentation is top-notch in all departments: the warm, friendly staff, the napery and cutlery, the most attractive bar, the cleanliness and comfort throughout, the ambience and of course, the food. ' - Trevor Lockwood - August, 2013
'A beautifully appointed,well-run small hotel with good food. The beds were comfortable and the rooms well thought out. Room 7 looks over the church and is very special. Delicious breakfast. At dinner a good choice of main courses; sensible wine list. Staff excellent throughout. Owners Lucy and Mark Fuller were part of the team who looked after us. Only hazard is the parking. ' - Humphrey Norrington - November, 2011

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