Sun Inn, Hawkshead
Hawkshead as a village has the physical aspects of a charming village film set - tiny narrow streets, timbered building and a friendly atmosphere. The Sun takes this film set thing to the next level. If you were to walk onto the Eastenders or Corrie film sets and tried to enter the Queen Vic or Rovers Return, you'd enter a dusty, backstage department held up with wood and might get some odd looks. Much was the same with our visit here. On the outside you have a charming black and white pub with its original sign, bench tables and a welcoming entrance. Get inside and all of that original charm is washed away in a flood of varnished pine, unappealing places to sit and one massive plasma-screen TV. The barmaid was friendly and quick in serving us (we were the only ones at the bar) and disappeared back outside to chat with friends once we were watered. And that was that. A group of locals, possibly including the landlord were sat at a massive table that dominated the front bar and we went to see what the rest of the pub looked like. Around the side there was evidence of this pub's former glory in the hotel's breakfast room, and there were a few nooks and a games room out back. However, this brightly lit, over-modernised place really wasn't out cup of tea and we soon left. This sort of place might appeal to a younger age-group but we'd certainly place it bottom of the pile in Hawkshead village's 3 pubs.
Main Street, Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0NT
0845 643 5674
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