JMW Turner captured the town's beauty on canvas; John Ruskin did the same in prose. Kirkby Lonsdale retains immense character and charm, beautifully evidenced in the classic period building that is The Sun Inn. It burrows back from a pretty pillared frontage into a comfy mix of low-slung beams, oak and flagstone flooring and cosy alcoves focussed on a feature fireplace at the heart of the pub. The enthusiastic owners are keen supporters of locally produced goods; expect beer from the town's microbrewery to accompany the uplifting bill of fare sourced from the surrounding countryside. Sam Carter's accomplished, modish bar and dinner menus feature starters such as suckling pig, orange gel, red chicory and crispy black pudding which complements a main dish of hay-smoked roe deer with caramelised chicory, creamed potato and red cabbage gel. Eleven bedrooms make The Sun an ideal base from which to explore the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.