The Sun Inn (Bassenthwaite)

Bassenthwaite, CA12 4QP
The Sun Inn (Bassenthwaite) Outside

Sharing its name with the large nearby lake, the village of Bassenthwaite features just a handful of houses, mainly farms and holiday cottages, and one pub – the Sun Inn. Since its takeover by new owners at the start of the decade the pub has thrived and become very popular with local residents. This ancient pub dates back to the 17th century and the interiors are brimming with period features that along with the delightful fires create a cosy atmosphere.

The pub is open everyday throughout the year, opening at 12pm. They serve food between 12pm and 2:30pm and between 4pm and 8pm.

Food & Drink

The Sun Inn (Bassenthwaite) pub

Photo thanks to the Sun Inn

The pub is highly recommended by local residents for its food, with all meat sourced from the Lake District. The menu consists of homemade favourites, such as Lakeland steak pie and beer battered haddock and chips. There is a small selection of lighter bites, and a limited number of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. For children, there is a pick and mix style menu where there is a choice of a main meal and two sides, perfect for picky eaters. Food can be eaten in the bar or in the restaurant area.

The pub has two resident cask ales supplied by the local Jennings brewery less than ten-miles away and also features guest ales on a seasonal basis. There are also draught and bottled beers and ciders, as well as a reasonable wine list with all the main varieties covered. In addition, there is a good selection of gins with over 25 varieties to choose from.

Other Features

The Sun Inn (Bassenthwaite) beer garden

Photo thanks to the Sun Inn

A quiz is held on the last Sunday of the month from 8pm. There is a charge of £2 per person with the funds going to local charitable causes. There is a maximum of six people per team and early arrival is highly recommended as the event is very popular. A range of prizes are available that have usually been donated and there is a charity raffle.

Dogs are welcome in all areas and will be provided with a water bowl and free treats. There is a small games room with a darts board and a pool table, and the pub also has a selection of toys and games for children. Outside, there is a concreted beer garden with views of the surrounding fells.


The Sun Inn originally started life in the 17th century as a farm that served beer to passing travellers as a way of earning extra income. It eventually became a public house full time – no doubt driven by the increase in visitors to the area in the 19th century, and was originally known as the Bush.


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