The Sun Hotel, Coniston, June 2017

A lower and easier walk today. We walked from Coniston over to Tarn Hows, had lunch down by the tarn, and then meandered our way back down in to Coniston again. This left plenty of time in the evening, so we decided to go out for dinner. After perusing a few pubs and their menus we decided to take a short stroll up to the Sun Hotel. We’ve been here before, stopping in for a pint after conquering the Old Man of Coniston a good few years ago. If you want to be precise, 31st May 2009.

No such exertions today, although we are still feeling the effects of Bowfell and Rossett Pike on Sunday, so even climbing the steps up to the hotel/pub was causing us to be reminded of this! Despite being an utterly glorious evening, and the elevated position offering some lovely views, the place was almost deserted, with just a few other couples dining on the terrace outside, and the inside of the pub completely empty. Undeterred, we picked up some menus from the bar, ordered food and drinks and then went to sit outside in the conservatory, which enjoys the same views as the terrace, but with the added protection of being sheltered.

First up for me, a pint of YOLO from Fell Brewery, which last featured here in May 2015, at The Wainwright in Keswick.

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Looking fine again tonight, and still a great golden session ale (although sadly no dimple pot).

Dinner was soon served. Mrs MOFAD had chosen a mushroom stroganoff, which was not bad, a little bit vinegary but an interesting combination of ingredients. I opted for the pan fried salmon with crushed new potatoes, roasted cherry tomatoes, asparagus, mange tout and pesto.

It was lovely. A nice crisp crust on the salmon, lovely potatoes, and the rest of the green and red stuff all worked together well. A really nice meal. This was accompanied by a pint of Red Bull.

No, I’ve not ended up on a stag do in the middle of our holiday, Red Bull Terrier is a superb malty red ale, easy drinking and it went perfectly with the salmon.

I can’t explain why this place was so empty. Lovely food and lots of good ales on, great views. What more do you want? Make the short walk up the hill to check it out.

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