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.