Sun Hotel review

The Sun Inn at Kirkby Lonsdale.
The Sun Inn at Kirkby Lonsdale.
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The Sun Inn is basking in the glow of being listed in two major food guides.

Reason enough for me to head to Kirkby Lonsdale and taste what’s on offer.

For the first time this year, the historic market town pub has made it into The Good Food Guide and it also puts in an appearance in Relish North West, a glossary of fine dining with original recipes from the region’s top chefs.

This 17th Century inn has undergone an eight-year makeover steered by owners Mark and Lucy Fuller and the end result is a stylish new restaurant. Handmade furniture courtesy of Lucy’s father and chairs rescued from the Mauritania passenger liner adorn the restaurant.

The menu, which the chefs change regularly, offers locally-sourced ingredients such as Herdwick hogget – a sheep native to the Lake District – and from further afield, Argyll Smokery salmon and trout.

Each dish is presented like a work of art and looks as good as it tastes.

To start us off, we had Cornish mackerel and goat’s cheese brioche. My cod loin main course came with avocado relish, chorizo crisps, salt cod brandade, tomato salsa and sea leaves. For dessert, I opted for the cheeseboard brought to the table.

For his main, my husband Alan went for Goosnargh chicken and he finished off with a “gorgeous” gooseberry Bakewell tart with ginger marshmallow, meringue and double Jersey ice cream.

The service was exemplary throughout, the food more than lived up to its billing and I’m sure the Sun Inn will be shining brightly for many years to come.

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