We have just returned from a very short stay at The Sun Inn. When I say short, we were meant to stay for 2 nights but left after just 1 night!
The Sun Inn is obviously a very old coaching inn with low ceilings, wooden beams and sloping floorboards.
The door to the accommodation was blocked by 2 large holdalls of dirty laundry...not a great sight when you first enter somewhere!
We were shown to our room and our initial impression was that it was small but quaint with a tiny window and limited lighting.
However, it did not take long to discover that the limited lighting is probably to hide the lack of basic cleanliness.
The carpet was covered in what looked like dog hairs; the bedside drawers were coated in a layer of dust; the shower cubicle had grime and mould around the base; hairs were everywhere and we were given a toilet roll with about 3 sheets left on it!
I have to say that I would not normally have even stayed for 1 night in such a place but we were so tired after travelling that we shut out the obviious to get some much needed rest.
The next morning, we were looking forward to breakfast...after all, the Sun Inn does claim to have 4 Diamonds for it's food!
We both asked for the full English breakfast and were a bit puzzled why the other couples at breakfast did not seem to be eating. All became clear when our plates arrived....heart attack heaven on a plate! Everything other than the beans had been thrown in a deep-fat fryer and shrivelled to un-recognisable lumps of fat! The beans were not even mildly warm and the toast was cut so thick and not even half-toasted that it broke off when trying ot pull it from the toast rack!
We did not touch a morsel of food on our plates and astonishingly, the Hungarian Waiter (cum-bartender-cum cleaner-cum-general whatever), did not even ask what was wrong when he took away the plates.
After explaining how we felt about everything, he just smiled and nodded (clearley understanding only half of what we had said) and after speaking to his manager on the phone, refunded all of our money.
Overall, there are really too many other places to check-out in the Lake District to bother with the Sun Inn.
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- Also Known As:
- Sun Hotel Hawkshead
- Sun Inn Hawkshead, Lake District