The tradition of hospitality on this site goes back a long way as the Inn has been welcoming travellers for something over 400 years.
Once called the “Rising Sun” and then “The Huntsman”, the pub is actually on the start of the old Walna Scar Road, which was once the pack horse trail and a main trade route out of the valley to the west coast ports. Since then new trade routes have long since overtaken the old road, but the pub remains a classic Lakeland Inn of rare quality. Overlooking the village, a hotel extension was added over 100 years ago when the railway came (in 1859) and left (in 1962). The Sun is still here though and offers a unique mix of four star Inn, conservatory restaurant, great pub and the kind of comfortable informality and atmosphere that many attempt but few achieve.
When the bar was rebuilt we extended upwards to create the Boat Room above the bar which is good for groups and small parties and also houses our resident cat – ‘TC ‘– and some unique original photographs of Donald Campbell and Bluebird which were given to us a couple of years ago by one of his team. If you ever watch the Anthony Hopkins film “Across the Lake”, you’ll recognise The Sun where Donald stayed during his later and last record attempts.
If you would like to view a selection of the images from the collection, please click the following link.