Owners Mark and Lucy Fuller, were living and working in Cheshire for a large hotel chain when they visited Kirkby Lonsdale as part of their wedding preparations….and promptly fell in love with the Sun Inn too.
At the time, the Sun Inn was in a very poor state of repair and it was a labour of love to get the inn re-opened in April 2006. Lucy’s dad hand-made much of the furniture, including bedheads, side tables, a wine cabinet for the restaurant, then gradually more… He even obtained restaurant chairs from the 1906 ocean liner, the Mauretania.
The couple started off with just one chef and two part-time bar staff. Ten years on and they now employ 30 people to welcome guests to Kirkby Lonsdale. Over the decade, staff at the Sun Inn have pulled an estimated 254,000 pints of real ale and served around 39,000 Sunday lunches!
Of course, the inn itself dates back to the 17th century. As Mark says, “Although we technically ‘own’ the building, it feels like we are just custodians who are part of its 400 year old (so far) history. For us, it has a very special atmosphere and we hope our customers feel that way too.”