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user reviews of the Sun Hotel, Coniston

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Simply stunning building. Must visit.

Inside was just as good - exactly how you would want a bar to be.

Beers were excellent. I went for Loweswater Gold, having enjoyed it in various locations in the Lakes over the week.

A memorable visit, Blogged at
Mappiman - 23 May 2017 20:41
My 2nd pub to tick in Coniston and what a stunning building this is topped only by the view from the terrace.

The bar is part of the much larger Sun hotel complex.

On the bar are 8 hand pumps with 8 ales from the local area. The pint of Hawkshead Windermere Pale @ 3.5% I had was lovely.

Quite busy at 6pm with a group of locals at the bar chatting about all things beer. The rest of the punters were sat on the terrace or in the garden.

A good selection of ales kept & served well in a 400 year old building within a stunning backdrop of the local area.

The Sun is on my to return to list as 1 pint and only 30 minutes isn't enough time here.

lezford - 6 Aug 2015 13:58
Nice big boozer, full of tired souls rubbing legs and wounds after a trip up the hills. Good place to recuperate after getting a battering off the Old Man.
Juanfortheroad - 11 Mar 2014 20:24
Lovely pub with a fair size beer garden set in a beautiful area. Excellent choice of ales, I went for my personal fav, Loweswater Gold from Cumbrian Legendary Ales.
anybody - 21 Aug 2013 21:02
I do like to pop in here on a late afternoon after doing the Old Man or Wetherlam or mountain biking over on the North Face trail in Grizedale. It seems the best and quietest time to go, get a pint and sit on the rear patio dissecting the days action whilst looking at the Lakeland vista surrounding the pub. The beers are always in good nick, with Copper Dragon Golden Pippin a particular favourite. We have stayed for the first food orders a couple of times too and have never been disappointed. It has lost a bit of character since it's refurb a couple of years ago, but still remains a welcoming establishment.
littledrummerboy - 26 Jan 2013 14:34
Good beer but the service was a bit off-hand and the food is a bit over-fancy and over-priced. Good views but I reckon the Black Bull is rather better.
Psi - 31 Oct 2011 10:06
Called in September 2011. The beer tried (Taglag) was great but the choice of food at lunchtime was very poor . A shame, but we left to go to the Crown for a good meal
fellwalker2010 - 30 Sep 2011 08:57
Without doubt the nicest pub in Coniston.
Cracking real ales and good food; perfect for kicking back and relaxing after a hard day on Dow Crag!
Lancastrian - 23 Sep 2011 14:27
Having highly lauded the Black Bull down the hill, I would like to say that the Sun too is an excellent Pub. The selection of beer totals eight from various Breweries, such as Copper Dragon, Barngates, Coniston and Hawkshead amongst others. all except the 'Sheep and 'dragon are Cumbrian with the Barngate Tag Lag been the pick of the bunch. I did not try the food but it looked and smelled fine. There is a fine slate floored bar where walkers and there boots are welcome, as well as a large Patio with fine views down the hill into the village. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and like the black Bull there is various Donald Campbell related photos on display; he stayed at both the sun and Black Bull when making his various record attempts on the nearby lake. Highly recommended
ahscum - 6 Sep 2011 22:06
Visited this pub over the Xmas holidays. Great atmosphere, friendly staff. Excellent range of local real ales. Dogs and children welcome!
atty - 28 Dec 2010 18:55
Visited 2 weeks ago. This place is the answer to the disapointment which is the Black Bull. Excellent real ales and a varying choice with lists up outside. The food was also superb (i had pork). Keep your eyes open for their signs on the main street because this place is hidden up the hill a little with great views of the surrounding peaks.
elalaer9 - 14 Jul 2010 15:14
Great pub - good selection of Ale. Had the local Coniston Bluebird. Well worth a visit, if weather good has large beer garden with great views - interior looks nice too.
kernott1 - 16 Jun 2010 22:28
Well worth tthe walk up from the main centre of Coniston. I read on here that they had renovated the place and hoped they hadn't ruined it. I can honestly say they haven't. It's just as good as before. Beer well kept. Tried 2 Moorhouses (Black Cat & Witches Brew), Hobgoblin and a couple I can't remember, but they were all very good. Landlord seemed a friendly chap. Only downside was a customer from somewhere 'down south' who had been there, done it and bought the t-shirt about every subject anyone brought up. If you said you'd been to the moon last week, he'd have been there twice. You know the sort!! Anyway, I'm sure he won't be there if you visit, but if he is you can hit him from me!
clodsthecat - 12 Nov 2009 15:41
Visited this excellent pub in late September after an exhausting day spent climbing the Old Man and surrounding peaks. Really impressed with the large range of real ales on offer and the views from the garden are exceptional. Interior looks nice and cosy too. Highly recommended for post-hike refreshment.
kestrel - 16 Oct 2009 21:19
After a long climb up and around The Old Man of Coniston, this pub was the perfect reward. The beer garden is extensive and offers fantastic views of the surrounding scenery. On the beer front, eight handpumps dispense locally sourced beer - I don't think I'd encountered any one of the eight brews on offer before. I can't remember what I drank, but all three halves were in prime condition, and I was very reluctant to have to leave.

Worth planning a day's walking around.
thomashenry - 6 Aug 2009 09:28
Visited this pub last weekend, decent lay out,food looked good. 4 of the 8 available beers sampled were clean tasting and well kept. Gripe about the choice of beer on show - only one from a Lake Land Brewery ( Coniston Bluebird ), the rest were from Moorhouses' x3 , Taylor's,Cooper Dragon, and 2 Scottish Breweries - better showcasing of local ales should be in operation ( Barngates, Foxfield,Watermill, Hawkshead + others all within 10 miles of Coniston).

bloomfieldjpm - 11 Jul 2009 05:21
All fur coat and no knickers. No seats in tiny bar, so group of six males sat in "posh" lounge near dining room, and were given black looks by staff for talking and laughing. They lost up to �100 that night ... tough.
Gerremin - 9 Apr 2009 16:18
Visited The Sun last Friday afternoon and were the only customers. Suspect it gets busy in season though. Very friendly welcome and 8 real ales to choose from. A mix of Cumbrian and other micro breweries beers on offer. Beers tried were on form but a bit overpriced (as Coniston seems to be). Pub is currenly having the first floor refurbished. Didn't try the food so can't comment.
LittleFamilyFish - 3 Mar 2009 13:54
When i visit The Sun i prefer to sit outside weather permitting it's a bit small inside but it looks cosy in winter by the fire, never been tempted to eat there so cant comment on that yet?
jueast - 14 Jun 2008 01:26
Used and abused for post-walking beer and food recently on a very wet bank holiday sunday. Friendly folk, very pleasant beer (two hand-pulls on when we were there) and the food was just what we were after (steak and ale pie, scampi and chips that kind of thing). Service was great despite the place being packed out. Will use again.
angelus1981 - 27 May 2008 13:12
Friendly, welcoming kind of pub with a roaring fire. No food when we were there as the kitchen and hotel area were being refurbed. Always five local ales on, in good condition, tho served rather cold.

The best pub for barroom chat in Coniston.

(The public bar is actually quite sizeable, so I think Donnajunkie must be thinking of another pub)
Biggles - 15 Mar 2008 20:00
We used this pub on the easier descent from the 'Old Man of Coniston'. A welcome pint of Hawkshead Bitter was just what we needed after a number of hours walking. The visit was earlier this year when the tables outside seemed much nicer than the crowded pub. We also tried some of the pub food as opposed to using the posh hotel restaurant. In fact it seemed like no one was using the hotel restaurant. The food was ok not that impressive,just average pub food.
Love_good_ale - 25 Nov 2007 14:44
I finally got round to eating here, in the bar, on a cold Saturday evening in October. There was a reasonable selection of local beer: Hawkshead Bitter, Coniston Bluebird, Black Cat and Wobbly Bob. The food raises an interesting question. I had a Cumbrian sausage with apples, red onions and mushrooms in a slightly sweet sauce and very mildly �onioned� mashed potato. It was delicious: the most spicy Cumbrian sausage I've ever eaten but with a compensating sauce. My partner had a good vegetarian lasagne. The question, however, is whether �12.50 is ever a reasonable price to pay for sausage and mash as a bar meal? There comes a point where one begins to want something a little less rustic or rough and ready at that cost. Still, if a spicy Cumbrian sausage is what I wanted, I�d go back.
drtimthornton - 16 Oct 2007 15:56
I have not stayed in this hotel but my wife and I had the unfortuneate experience of having meal in the restaurant on 17/08/2007.There were a few people in the restaurant when we first went in so we thought that my be a sign that we had made a good choice in picking The Sun Inn for a meal.We have had a drink here in the past after a hard day on the fells and I have found the beer very good and would recommend it but as for the restrauant that was compleatly different experience.It turned out that all the other people in the restaurant were having bar meals perhaps they knew something we didn't,the staff were very rude and unhelpful they made us feel as if we were an inconvenience and everything was to much trouble, the food was expensive because the standard was rubbish they were trying to do fancy food but the chef obviosly had not got a clue what he was doing,my wife had a goat's cheese starter that sounded very nice but when it arrived it was swimming in oil and viniger which totaly overwhelmed the taste of the goats cheeese on her main course was a appricot dumpling which she found hard to cut and chew she said she thought it had been done in a microwave which is not the standard you expect in an expensive restaurant my main course had some potatoes with it that i think were ment to be roast potatoes they tasted like frozen roast potatoes which is also not what you would expect.During the course of the meal we were never offered a drink by the offhand staff and I had to leave the table twice to queue at a very busy bar to get drinks,an elderly couple who came in after us were also having the restaurant meal I heard the gentleman ask the waiter for a glass of house wine but he was told very abruptly that they only sold wine by the bottle although i had seen people buying wine by the glass while I was at the bar the gentleman ordered a bottle of wine which the waiter then returned with and slammed down on the table as though it was to much trouble.I can't comment on the bar meals they my be very niece but if they are to the standard of the restaurant meals they won't be so if you were thinking of going to The Sun Inn for a restrauant meal do yourself a favour and don't go you will save yourself a lot of money a a big dissapointment.
bernieuk1 - 26 Aug 2007 12:13
Agree with previous comment - best pub in Coniston. Very welcoming, superb food (the steak & kidney pie with suet pastry was fabulous), & great range of regularly changing ales. A proper cosy pub, with a totally different feel to the hotel.
malgrey - 2 Jul 2007 16:28
please note it was five or six years ago when i visited this pub.
i go to coniston every year but wont go to this pub again. the public bar is absolutely tiny. it was jam packed. i happened to notice a nice lounge area totally empty. i suspected it could be for hotel guests only so i asked. the barmaid said in a blunt manner it is for hotel guests only. so i had to squash up to this nice australian couple. they were nice but its ashame about the staff. so dont go there unless you want to know how a sardine in a tin feels.
donnajunkie - 17 Jan 2007 15:19
Some excellent Cumbrian ales on offer here. Cosy, characterful bar; attractrive restaurant; and a lovely beer garden with splendid views.
Jude_The_Obscure - 13 Jul 2006 17:47
Coniston's best pub with at least 4 real ales from a range of breweries including coniston, hawkshead, moorhouses on my visit, in good condition. Food was very good too. Sunroom and beer garden
oftenscore6 - 24 Apr 2006 11:37
The location is what makes this a good pub. From the patio behind it, one looks out over the Coniston valley or back up towards Swirl How and Wetherlam. (There's also a bit of a garden below.) In winter there's quite a cosy bar with a fire. Beer this weekend included Coniston Bluebird, Hawkshead Bitter and Adnams Broadside. I cannot vouch for the food but it looks fairly traditional at typical (ie expensive) Lake District prices.
drtimthornton - 18 Apr 2006 09:58

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