New head chef brings his Michelin experience to the Sun Inn

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have appointed a new head chef.

Joe Robinson will create the seasonal menus and lead the kitchen team at the Sun Inn. Joe took the position from his previous role as sous chef at Hipping Hall. His impressive cooking career has seen him working in kitchens all around the world – in Edinburgh, France and Sydney, together with two Michelin star restaurants.

Speaking of the new appointment, Sun Inn owner Iain Black, said: “We are really pleased to welcome Joe to the team. He is an incredibly talented and experienced chef who lives by the same food ethos as us – we believe in only using fresh, seasonal produce and making the most of what the local area and our local suppliers have to offer.

“We are looking forward to seeing the direction he will be taking the Sun Inn’s food offering and we are certain it will prove popular with both our regulars and first-time guests alike.”

Taking the helm at the kitchen in the 17th century inn located on Market Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, Joe said he prides himself on maximising the seasonal flavours with both classic and experimental combinations.

Joe said: “The best bit about my job is being able to create new things and being flexible, depending on what produce is in season. I’ll be working months in advance to research the menus and play around with ideas. I’m passionate about foraging and that will play a big part in the menu changes. It will always be season-dependent because that is the only way to use the best produce – it’s the best way to cook in my opinion.

“I noticed the job at the Sun Inn and thought it would be a great opportunity. The restaurant already has two rosettes which is a good leg to stand on. The kitchen team is young and enthusiastic, they’re passionate about what they do, and I’m looking forward to working with them to introduce some new and exciting dishes on the menu.”

If you would like to sample the delights of Joe’s new dishes at the Sun Inn, call us to book a table on 015242 71965.

Raise a toast to Harry and Meghan

The Royal wedding is just around the corner and we’re so excited to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot! 

If you would like to celebrate with us and raise a glass to the happy couple, you can enjoy our special royal cocktails –

Kir Royale (Chambord & Champagne)

Bellini (Peach & Champagne)

… or just a glass of chilled Champagne!

These are all available at the Sun Inn this Saturday (19th May) for £6.50 each. Remember, we also have a fantastic lunch menu and delicious bar snacks if you would like to make a day of it and mark the occasion!


Meet the Team – Janine Miller, General Manager

For the first instalment of our ‘meet the team’ blog series, we would like to introduce you to the lovely Janine Miller, our friendly general manager.

Janine hails from Warrington, Cheshire, but now calls Kirkby Lonsdale home – and has a very short two minute commute to her job at the Sun Inn!

We sat down with Janine to discuss her changing roles at the Sun Inn, her passion for mountain biking and the celebrity guests she’s looked after over the years.

First things first, what’s your poison?

It would have to be a gin and tonic or a fruity red – I really like the torre dei vescovi pinot nero we have here.

Tell us about how and why you made the move from Cheshire to Kirkby Lonsdale.

I am originally from Warrington, Cheshire. It was there that I met Mark Fuller, the previous owner of the Sun Inn, while working at the De Vere Daresbury Park hotel – he was the general manager at the time. I was offered the job as supervisor at the Sun Inn after coming to work here for a day when they had recently won the newcomer of the year award in 2007.

How have your roles changed at the Sun Inn since joining the team 11 years ago?

Since then I have worked my way up through different roles within the business. While I was on maternity leave last year, the Sun Inn was bought by Iain and Jenny Black. They approached me while I was off and asked if I would consider returning as the general manager. I said yes and came back from maternity leave at the end of January this year. I have lots of great memories over the years – I helped the Inn to gain its fifth AA star and also secure its two rosettes for the restaurant.

Fantastic work! But it can’t be all work and no play, tell us a little bit about your life outside the Sun Inn…

I met my partner, Nick, while working at the Sun Inn. He shares my love of mountain biking and we had our first date at Whinlatter forest in Keswick, cycling the red trail. Last year, we had a baby girl called April. We also have a fur baby called Ellie, who is an 11-year-old chocolate labrador.

What do you love most about your role at the Sun Inn?

Since being back, I have enjoyed seeing all the locals and returning customers. It’s nice to see the same faces that I have got to know over the years. I like to see people come and enjoy themselves, and go away relaxed and happy. Here at the Sun Inn we are a close knit team, who are known for our welcoming and friendly service. I feel that the Sun Inn and Kirkby Lonsdale are now my second home and I have made many new friends and acquaintances in the last 11 years.

You must’ve seen your fair share of celebrity guests over the years too?

We’ve had Simon Rimmer, David Guest, John Prescott, Kevin Keegan, the cast of Emmerdale and Jennifer Ellison, to name just a few.

 

A day in the life of Janine Miller

6:30am

Alarm goes off. I feed our dog and let her into the garden, I make April’s breakfast porridge and a cup of tea for myself. Then I feed April and sort out her nursery bag.

7am

I get myself showered and dressed, ready for work. Then I get April dressed and we leave the house to take April to nursery at The Mulberry Bush in Casterton.

8:10am

Walk the dog and eat my breakfast (usually a banana).

8:30am

I head to work. I start by lighting the fires, setting up the bar area, getting the guests bills ready and then wash the breakfast dishes.

10:30am

Set the tables, ready for lunch service.

11:15am

Staff lunch at work before starting lunch service at noon.

3:30pm

Catch up on office work.

5:30pm

I pick April up from Nursery and we walk the dog

7pm

Time for April’s bath, she goes to bed at 8pm which is when I usually cook dinner and watch TV.

10pm

Shower and time for bed!

 

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