The Sun Inn pretty much has it all – a history spanning six centuries, a rural setting in a beautiful area of countryside and a sprawling beer garden with views out to sea. It makes the perfect retreat after a winter walk on either Brook or Compton beach and as dogs are welcome it’s a popular resting point for dog walkers.
If it’s a warm day you can sit outside and enjoy the views across the surrounding fields and out to sea, and if the weather’s chilly you can take to the open fire inside and spend some time enjoying the cosy atmosphere. The beer garden is one of those that’s so big you can enjoy your own little space and take your time, and it has the feeling of a traditional country garden to it. Recent years have seen the pub turned into a private home, but thanks to an island-wide petition it was soon restored to a country pub just as it’s been for hundreds of years.
The Sun Inn is also key to the Two Suns Challenge, a five mile hike that challenges walkers to journey from this inn and The Sun at Calbourne. The walk is one of the island’s finest (with obvious rewards at the start and finish) but the forest in Brighstone between the two resorts makes it a tough one.