Extended old pub with a lively bar, plenty of dining space, a fine choice of real ales, well liked food and seats outside; comfortable bedrooms


Accommodation available
Speciality beers
Cask ales
Separate restaurant
Pub games
  • Separate restaurant
  • Sandwiches sold

Bar food times: 12-3, 5.30-8.30

Typical main dish: burger with toppings and chips

Typical main dish price: £13.00

Average two course evening meal price: £20.00

  • Speciality beers
  • Cask ales

Price of cheapest bitter: £4.20

Name of cheapest bitter: varies

  • Pub games
  • Darts
  • Pool table
  • Dogs allowed in bedrooms

Price of a bedrooms starts at £0.00

  • Children allowed in the bar
  • Dogs allowed in the bar
  • Dogs allowed in bedrooms

The good pub guide review

This delightful gabled hotel, its name emblazoned on its handsome white façade, has been serving the Coniston public for four centuries, from packhorse drivers to the first railway tourists. While it is a real all-rounder, it's a pub at heart. The cheerful bar has up to eight real ales on handpump from the likes of Fell, Hawkshead, Keswick and Ulverston. Also, 11 wines by the glass, 20 or so malt whiskies, several gins and farm cider; service is friendly. There are beams and timbers, exposed stone walls, flagstones and a Victorian-style range ' as well as cask seats, old settles and cast-iron-framed tables, quite a few Donald Campbell photographs (this was his HQ during his final attempt on the world water-speed record) and a good mix of customers (often with their dogs). Above the bar is another room with extra seating, more pictures, pool, darts and a TV for sport, and beyond that is a sizeable lounge. A big dining conservatory houses a daytime café. This is a fine spot and the dramatic mountain views are shared by seats and tables on the terrace and in the big tree-sheltered garden, as well as by the quiet and comfortable bedrooms. Cash is preferred at the bar.

The good pub guide food review

Rewarding food might include lunchtime rolls and sandwiches, haggis and black pudding fritters, honey and coriander chicken kebab with a dip, Mediterranean vegetable and pesto tart, beer-battered fish and chips, slow-braised lamb with mint marinade and red wine jus, sea bass on prawn, pea and parmesan risotto, and puddings such as chocolate brownie and crumble of the day.

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Contact Details

Sun, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8HQ

(015394) 41248

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 11-11