The Sun Inn (Crook)

Main Street, Crook, Kendal, LA8 8LA
The Sun Inn (Crook) Outside

Located in a quiet corner of the south-eastern Lake District, a few miles from Kendal, the Sun Inn at Crook has been welcoming travellers to the area since 1711. Filled with rustic charm, this is a traditional Lakeland inn where visitors are able to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life and enjoy the simple pleasures of real ale and hearty home cooked food. Just five-miles from Windermere, the area has a number of popular low level walking routes, and the inn happily welcomes walkers with muddy boots, children, and dogs.

Food & Drink

The Sun Inn (Crook) pub

Photo thanks to the Sun Inn at Crook

The Sun Inn has three real ales available on hand pump. This is a Theakstons pub, so there is one regular ale and one seasonal ale from the Yorkshire brewery. In addition, the third ale is sourced from guest breweries. There are a number of beers and ciders available on draught and in bottles.

Wine drinkers are catered for reasonably well for a country pub. There are 20 varieties in total with 8 available by the glass. The gin menu is impressive with ten to choose from, including some local varieties, and there are six malt whiskies to try. Barista style coffee is available, and for a special treat, there is an option to add one of several liqueurs to your coffee.

Pub Favourites

The Sun Inn has received high praise for its cuisine with food available all day from noon with extensive choice. Walkers who are seeking a quick light bite will love the Snack Stop menu available each afternoon. The menu has an excellent choice of filled bread rolls, and a good selection of hot snacks, such as hot dogs and fajitas. The main menu has a large number of home cooked traditional dishes using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.

All of the favourites are here, such as lasagne, gammon, and burgers. Daily specials use the best of seasonal ingredients and offer more imaginative alternatives. The pub is particularly good for vegetarians and those on a gluten free diet, with a good range of choices available for both. Follow up your main with a tempting pudding, with locally made jersey ice cream available, or opt for a cheese board with a glass of port.

Sunday Lunch & Children's Menu

The Sunday lunch is particularly popular here, served from noon until 7pm. Choose from a choice of three meats, or opt for the fish or vegetarian dish. The set price menu enables you to choose one, two, or three courses. The pub also offers a takeaway fish and chip service between 5.30pm and 8pm Tuesday to Friday. The Sun Inn is ideal for families with children. Between 5pm and 6pm Tuesdays to Fridays, children under 12 can enjoy two-courses for free from the children’s menu providing each child is accompanied by an adult eating from the main menu.

Other Features

The Sun Inn (Crook) beer garden

Photo thanks to the Sun Inn at Crook

The inn has a selection of board games, as well as colouring books and crayons to help keep families entertained. You'll also find a small patio area outside with several tables and chairs that traps the sun throughout most of the day. Inside, there is a large flat screen television in the bar area where major sporting events are screened.

A weekly quiz is held each Friday. The inn has a separate room that can be booked for boardroom style meetings accommodating up to 15 people, during the mornings. Hire can include breakfast along with a projector and screen, and a flip chart.


The Sun Inn is a listed building that dates back to 1711. Originally, the inn was a row of cottages, with one enterprising resident serving beer from the front room of one of the cottages. Visitors to the area increased during the early 19th century thanks to the establishment of Crook Mill where bobbins were manufactured, and as a result, the inn became a full time establishment.


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