Paws for Thought – Celebrating Love Your Pet Day at the Sun Inn

By Charlie Black, Chief Pooch at the Sun Inn

It’s fur to say that every day at the Sun Inn is Love Your Pet Day. However, that being said, my tail is still wagging at the idea of 20th February being designated as the official day to show your pets some love!

I’m sure you already know about all of your pet’s favourite things in life – tummy rubs, playing fetch, yummy treats, a long walk…but my owners have consulted me about some new ideas to treat your pets with a trip to the Sun Inn.

Charlie Black

Take us with you on holiday

You probably recognise the sad look in our eyes and drooping tail whenever you pack your suitcases and jet off somewhere exotic. So this year, why not take us along on holiday with you? Staycations are growing in popularity because they’re a superb way to see everything the UK has to offer.

The super dog-friendly Sun Inn boasts a unique location, on the borders of Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire – meaning you’re well placed to explore some amazing new places and enjoy fabulous walks!

Us doggies can live the life of luxury thanks to the Sun’s selection of rooms welcoming well-behaved dogs (accompanied by well-behaved owners, of course). Pampered pooches will also receive a complimentary ‘Pooch Pack’ on arrival, including a towel, a bowl, a special treat, and there is also a dog trail map provided.

Cockapoo Poppy recently enjoyed a stay at the Sun Inn

We’ll be your dinner guest

There’s no need to leave your pooch alone in your hotel room while you have dinner. When you stay at the Sun Inn, you can dine with your furry friend right by your side, as we have a designated dog-friendly dining area next to our restaurant.

Of course, dogs are more than welcome in the bar too. Four-legged guests love to curl up in front of the fire after a long walk, and you don’t need to worry if they’re muddy either because there’s a ‘dog and boot shower’ outside – the perfect way to feel refreshed after a muddy walk or a swim in the River Lune!

Thanks to Lee on Facebook for these great shots of his gorgeous dog Buddy enjoying his time at the Sun Inn

Enjoy a walk around Kirkby Lonsdale

We’ve touched on Kirkby Lonsdale’s unique location on the borders of Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire. But the town itself is a pet lovers’ haven, with dogs allowed in many of the friendly cafes and small, independent shops. There are some beautiful walks in and around the historic market town too. You’ll have to check out some of its most famous sights (and smells – there’s plenty for us pooches to sniff!), including Ruskin’s View, Devil’s Bridge, the Radical Steps and the gorgeous little winding streets like Mitchelgate, Salt Pie Lane, Jingling Lane – and not forgetting the stunning view as you walk down Mill Brow.

Karen on Facebook sent us this super cute shot of Molly enjoying her walk!

Give us a lip-smacking treat

The Sun Inn doesn’t want four-legged friends to feel left out when their humans enjoy a tasty tipple and yummy bar snack when they visit us. That’s why our expert kitchen team have created our very own dog treats! These scrumptious snacks are totally homemade and wheat-free. They’re available in two different shapes – bones (£2.50) and Labradors (£1.50) – you might be able to guess which one I prefer. We also donate a percentage of these treats that are sold to charity.

As the resident chief pooch at the Sun Inn, I hope to welcome you to the Sun Inn very soon. For accommodation bookings, you can find out more about rooms and tariffs here. Or to book a table in the dog-friendly area, call 015242 71965.

Thanks to Jeni Malpass on Facebook for this lovely picture of Molly waiting patiently for dinner in our dog-friendly dining area!

Meet the team: Emil Petrila, Breakfast Chef

It can be a busy place in the Sun Inn kitchen – preparing and cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner for our guests (and the staff too), as well as making sure the kitchen is spotless and in perfect working order.

Emil Petrila typically works the morning and daytime kitchen shift at the Sun Inn. This means his main responsibilities include making breakfast for residents, lunch service and also pastry preparation (if you’ve had a delicious Yorkshire pudding with your Sunday lunch, or a scrumptious dessert, it was probably prepared or made by Emil!)

Tell us a bit about yourself, Emil

I’ve worked at the Sun Inn since last summer, I previously worked at Gilpin Lodge Hotel. I have a son, who is 15-years-old.

What are your main responsibilities and what’s the best bit about your job?

My main responsibilities are making breakfast for the residents and keeping the staff happy by making a delicious staff lunch for all of them. I also do the pastry preparation. I start work early, so one of the best bits of my job is having the kitchen to myself in the morning.

What’s your favourite thing about the Sun Inn?

It has a great atmosphere. I think it’s a popular venue because it’s a traditional-style inn with loads of character. It’s really nice in the winter, as the fires keep it cosy and warm.

What’s your favourite food and drink choice off the menu?

My favourite drink is white wine and food is the chocolate delice.

Can you tell us a surprising fact about the Sun Inn?

A surprising fact is that there are only six people in the kitchen, including the pot wash.

A day in the life of Emil 


My alarm goes at 6am and it’s coffee and toast for breakfast. When I get to work, I put the deliveries away and prep breakfast. Then I help with lunch service and do the staff lunches.


I leave at 3pm and sometimes pick my son up from school. In the evening I make dinner for the family and watch TV or do the house jobs before bed time at 11pm.

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