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Address: Smithy Brow, Ambleside LA22 9AS, England
Phone Number: 015394 32257
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Description: The Golden Rule, tucked away off the main road in Ambleside, is a...
The Golden Rule, tucked away off the main road in Ambleside, is a traditional and unchanging multi-roomed pub in the heart of The Lake District with a reputation that spreads around the world. Ever popular with varied mix of local residents, visitors from near and far, the young and old, walkers, climbers, mountain bikers, artists and writers, the Rule is just the place to have a drink and a chat.
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Cracking Pub!

After a hike around the Fairfield Horseshoe, we finished the walk by stopping off at the Golden Cup. What a great pub. Lovely ales and how a pub should be. We sat outside in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Wolfsberg, Austria
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Wolfsberg, Austria
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160 reviews 160 reviews
33 attraction reviews
281 helpful votes 281 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

After a hike around the Fairfield Horseshoe, we finished the walk by stopping off at the Golden Cup. What a great pub. Lovely ales and how a pub should be. We sat outside in the beer garden enjoying our beer and having a whale of a time with like-minded people. Overall, a cracking pub with superb beer and a great... More 

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We visit Ambleside about 4 times a year and always enjoy visiting The Golden Rule. A good old fashioned "proper" pub with friendly bar staff and a good selection of real ales.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

By far the best pub in Ambleside, having passed the golden rule on my way to glenriding or brother water,and stayed in ambleside without giving the golden rule a second thought we decided to call on our last visit ,Ay and what a gem, plenty of ale to choose from clean cosy and warm. and dog friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Great beer. Great atmosphere. We always have a few drinks here when in Ambleside. Lots of beers and ales to choose from.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Me, my better half and our two dogs found this place almost by accident. It was initially our second choice after the neighbouring Unicorn pub because The Golden Rule doesn't do food as such (although they do sell locally produced scotch eggs and pork pies!!). The Unicorn was extremely busy and quite noisy so we opted to pop round the... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Nice place with huge choice of beers or spirits. nice staff and same with atmosphere. Its has lots of seats so u dont have to make a reservation.

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Hull
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Great to be back amongst the crowd here again. Ale still as good as ever. Staff always glad to see you again, plus all the regulars acquainted over the years. Not to mention several 'regular' visitors who just happened to have booked the same time to be in Ambleside.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
8 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I would recommend you pay a visit. Park in the main Ambleside car park and walk up the hill. No food only snacks but a fabulous choice of beers. Good atmosphere, I would recommend.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

This is a traditional British pub where beer and conversation can take place in convivial surroundings. They make no excuses for not being a gastro pub or putting on music so don't expect either but do expect to be able to talk and enjoy yourself after a good walk or trip on the lake. I enjoyed it so much I... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I managed to sneak a few hours in the Golden Rule the night before my wedding. To be able to unwind in one of my favourite pubs, before the big day was superb and as always bar staff were very friendly. Popped in the next day for a swift pre wedding pint and we were met warmly by the barman... More 

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