About us

The Pub

The village pub, the whitewashed Sun Inn, dates from 1711. The Sun is a traditional Lakeland inn with stone floors and roaring fires in the winter, it began life as a row of cottages, the occupants of one of them served beer to travellers from a front room.

Traditional, atmospheric, friendly run, dog and child friendly pub, in the beautiful setting of Crook, just outside of Kendal, within the beautiful Lake District and only five miles from Lake Windermere.

If you’re a walker, or someone who simply likes riding around the lakes in the car, the Sun Inn is the place for you. With plenty of parking, and immediate access to numerous easy, scenic, and low level walks, very close to Lake Windermere not far from Kendal, our customers visit us again and again. We like to get to know you personally –and we know that, whether you’re staying for a few days, or just grabbing a pint (or two), you’ve probably just had an exciting, exhausting day out, and want to relax, and enjoy some home cooked food, without having to remove your walking boots, or worry about what you’re going to do with the dog.

We can accommodate, couples, singles, families, groups and clubs.

The Team

My name is Pauline, I hold the tenancy on the pub I have lived in the area all my life originally from Skelwith Bridge and now live in Windermere with more years than I would like to remember in all aspects of catering, our chef is Ryan who is also locally sourced and home grown he runs our kitchen and produces our seasonal menu sourcing local produce to give you the best in pub classic dishes without any twists just how it is simple and classic – home cooked traditional dishes, he also runs a weekly specials board again using local seasonal produce, this is where there may be a twist or two, we use local game from Cartmel valley, our meat is sourced from the Cumbrian fells, we welcome Docker Duck Egg Co to our menu who produce our free range duck eggs, these ducks roam freely across meadows in the Docker valley overlooking Lakeland and How gill fell, duck eggs have more protein than hen eggs. All the sauces are gluten free as well as the freshly prepared soups, we use a gluten free fryer for our chips using real potatoes, peeled by a real person our Chef Ryan these are cut to a medium thickness, we do have fries if you prefer but cannot cook these in the gluten free fryer, during the months of July to September good sized decent potatoes are harder to source so we will use frozen from LambWeston who don’t just see a potato they see possibilities.

Our small front of house team are all from the surrounding area and have a wealth of experience of what to see and where to visit, we also have a book available with local walks, not far from the pub is Beckside a 9 hole golf course where you can pay and play

A Bit of History About Crook

Buildings are a blend of the old and new, predominantly grey stone and slate, all the farms are very old during the 14th or 15th century, one still retains round chimneys, a typical feature of Lakeland architecture, built to withstand the fierce winds prevalent during the winter. Hills, trees, rocks and water form the landscape around the village of crook. Hills are small, the highest point just 249 metres above sea level. The great war memorial hall is the meeting place for the young farmer’s club, the women’s institute and the crook folk dance society to raise money for the upkeep of the hall.

The tower of what was the manor chapel for crook hall, stands on a hill above the village, dating from around 1620, it was in use from the 16th to the 19th century, because of structural defects the main body of the church had to be demolished. Crook hall, which now survives as a farmhouse, was once the home of the influential Phillipson family, one of their member’s Robert Phillipson who was a royalist officer during the civil war, acquired quite a reputation in the area, he came to be known locally as ‘robin the devil’ Local or visitor we hope you enjoyed your experience with us.