Meet the team: Curtis King, Bar Manager

In our latest instalment of Meet the Team, we’re delighted to introduce you to Curtis King, bar manager at the Sun Inn.

Curtis is the friendly face you’ll see behind the bar if you pop in for a tipple or two.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m originally from Essex and spent my early years growing up in the North East before returning South. I have lived in the South Lakes for the last 15 years. I don’t have children but there is Tink, my mad Jack Russell.

How long have you worked at the Sun Inn? And what are your main responsibilities?

I’ve been at The Sun Inn for eight months now and my main responsibilities are to keep the bar and cellar in good working order, making sure the drinks and service are always the best they can be. 

What’s the best bit about your job?

The best bit about this job is the reward of giving people a great experience when they come to us, whether it be just popping in for a quick coffee, or staying at the inn for a few days and experiencing all that we and the local area have to offer. The people are definitely the best thing about The Sun Inn as well, both those that I get to meet each day coming and going, and the amazing colleagues I get to work with every day.

What’s your favourite tipple and your favourite food choice on the menu?

My favourite drink is a good IPA, nice and hoppy! Failing that, a G&T always hits the spot! As for my favourite dish from the menu, it’s so hard to choose. The head chef changes the menu seasonally and it’s always amazing, at the moment I really like the pollock starter with its wild garlic flavour.

Why do you think the Sun Inn is such a popular venue in the town?

I think The Sun Inn is so popular because it’s so welcoming to everyone, it’s such a friendly place in every way.   

What’s your favourite work memory?

My favourite memory is when I was staying one night and woke to see it had snowed and the churchyard was blanketed in snow, it was such a beautiful sight. 

What’s your favourite thing about Kirkby Lonsdale?

The scenery in and around Kirby Lonsdale is definitely my favourite thing here, from entering the town and the old streets to Ruskin’s View and Devil’s Bridge – it’s so picturesque.

A day in the life of Curtis King


My typical day starts with my alarm going off at 7am, followed by coffee and some muesli and fruit, before getting showered and heading to work. If I’m not in Kirby Lonsdale that morning, I have to drive through South Lakes and then get set up for breakfast for the hotel residents when I arrive. Lunch is provided by the chefs and is always good, a highlight of the day for sure.


After lunch I get ready for the afternoon, making sure the bar area is ready for customers coming in for food and drink and that everything is well stocked and the wine is nicely chilled! I’ll generally finish at about 4 and head home and see what’s in the fridge for dinner, usually a bit of fish,  before a bit of a relax in front of the TV and heading to bed.  

It’s official – Kirkby Lonsdale is one of the best places to live in the UK!

The beautiful market town we’re proud to call home is officially one of the best places to live in the UK. 

While this might not come as a surprise to those of us who are lucky enough to live here, it’s a tremendous accolade for us all to celebrate.

The announcement was officially made in The Times, which declared Kirkby Lonsdale as the regional winner for the North West.

Its winning strapline pleasantly declared the town “an unbeatable Lake District location, bags of community spirit and one of the cleanest high streets in the country.”

You’ll also recognise yours truly featured on the publicity shot below!

Here at the Sun Inn, we’re incredibly proud to live and work in Kirkby Lonsdale, and these are just a few reasons why…

  • The location – we’re perfectly placed between the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and Lancashire, meaning there’s always a lovely location to go out and explore right from our doorstep. We’re also just 10 minutes from the M6, which is handy!
  • Town landmarks – of course, the showstopper is Ruskin’s View, which is truly stunning in any season. But we are spoilt for other great landmarks throughout the town, including Devil’s Bridge, The Radical Steps, St Mary’s Church and Churchyard, Market Square – and not forgetting the viewpoints that welcome you as you wander down Mitchelgate and Mill Brow. 
  • Food and drink – for a fairly small town, we’re certainly spoilt when it comes to food and drink offerings. Whether you’re planning a romantic meal for two, a big family get-together or a catch-up with old friends, the variety of restaurants, bars and pubs mean there’s something for everyone. 
  • Shop local – supporting independent businesses is something that’s supported by the whole community. We’re incredibly lucky to be able to choose from a plethora of superb independents in the town, including the charter market every Thursday.
  • Community spirit – as The Times article quotes, “the scenery is as stunning as the local spirit” – and it’s true! The community spirit in Kirkby Lonsdale really is something special, and we’re extremely proud to be part of it. 

Come and see for yourself why Kirkby Lonsdale is officially one of the best places to live in the UK – take a look at our room tariffs here and keep an eye on our special packages page for seasonal promotions. You can also keep up-to-date with all the latest news from the Sun Inn by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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