Good Times: John makes his mark at the Sun

Chef John Dale and Matt Shields at The Sun Inn Lightcliffe
Chef John Dale and Matt Shields at The Sun Inn Lightcliffe

Settling in at the Sun Inn at Lightcliffe and putting his mark on the menu is head chef John Dale . John has had a 15-year career in catering that has seen him working in Devon, Plymouth and in his native Scotland.

Glasgow-born John moved to Yorkshire in his second year of training and worked at the Three Acres, Emley, and the Grange Hotel, York. He also worked for two years at the Miners Arms near Plymouth and became head chef at the four-star Boat Hotel in Aviemore. Within four months of starting work there he had achieved two AA Rosettes and a five star Visit Scotland award.

He also gained experience at the Sun Inn in Edinburgh before making the move to another Sun Inn - this time in Lightcliffe.

Matt Shields, of the Sun Inn, said: “Alan has been settling in, looking at the menus and is ready to make his mark.

“Since taking over in April, we have come a long way. It’s been far from easy and not without headaches - but we now believe our food and service are excellent and consistent.

“We have made some excellent community contacts and support an array of sports teams, charities and volunteer groups.”

Since taking over Matt and his team has strenghened the pub’s functions service, with a private dining room that can seat 50 and up to 80 standing, and is now also offering an ‘all-inn’ wedding package for those on a modest budget.

The pub opens for coffee and tea at 10am every day and also serves up ‘Pensioners’ Perks’ menus, offering smaller portions for smaller prices, and hearty breakfasts on Sundays. “It’s been lovely to see faces old and new and we hope people like the changes we have made,” said Matt.