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The Sun Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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Main Street, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT, England
+44 15394 36236
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed two evenings plus lunch here - simple sandwich lunch as better than the cafes nearby, Friday and Saturday night food was lovely. Music night was really great, the singer, Mark, was exactly what you want - great voice, all the favourites and we sang along and really enjoyed it - I would go back on a Friday... More 

Thank Judith J
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited as a family of four for dinner. It was our first night in Hawkshead and we hadn't booked but despite being busy the manager managed to accommodate us. My son and I each had a delicious grilled pork chop with seasonal vegetables - simple but very well executed. We will visit again!

Thank Kathleen T
Burnley, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Maybe the time of year but the pub was dead and drinks dearer than i would have liked. An open log fire was a nice touch though

Thank r0y1911
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are looking for somewhere to relax after a day in the hills then this is not the place for you. If it could creak or squeek then it does, there is NO soundproofing in this place at all - squeeling children, flushing toilets (on some sort of airlock system by the noise) stomping feet, slamming cupboards and that's... More 

Thank Doris d
Surrey, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stopped here after a long walk for Sunday lunch and we weren't disappointed. I had the lamb and my boyfriend had the beef, the lamb had the edge but both were delicious! The veg was cooked to perfection and the potatoes were lovely. The decor of the pub is very simple and not as cosy as I'd expected, but... More 

1 Thank Sian T
Pontefract, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Called here at 7 on a Sunday, very quiet at this time. The beer was the same temperature as the Lager, I tried a different brew which was a slight improvement. Somebody put some sport on a TV right next to our table which was a distraction. The food was OK ( but not as good as The Queens) and... More 

Thank Working2014
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent two nights here. Very cosy double room with shower room all spotless. We were served a delicious full English breakfast each morning consisting of plentiful good quality, sausage, bacon, black pudding, egg, beans etc. The breakfast choices included the usual cereal,juice and fruit options as well as plentiful toast, tea / coffee. The huge breakfast set us up nicely... More 

1 Thank Clare G
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40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Travelled as a group (11 people) and yet again The Sun ensured we had a great time. We had reserved tables in the bar for our meals on the Friday and Saturday and had great entertainment on the Friday night. The food was excellent as always and the service was always attentive. Can not recommend this place highly enough.

1 Thank Linsey_Cwiklinski
Wirral, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We spent the weekend in Hawkshead and booked here for our 1st evening meal. What a lovely place. Great country pub with very good food. My husband had venison casserole and I had sweet potato curry which was delicious. Good selection of wine. There was also live music on Friday evening. All so good we returned Saturday to watch rugby... More 

1 Thank Tilly M
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great pub if you're looking for somewhere to eat or just for a drink. Very dog friendly, staff are pleasant and helpful. The menu has a range of choices and food was delicious. Would recommend getting there early to get a table.

1 Thank HelenRoberts22

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside  >  Hawkshead
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 36236

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?