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Golden Rule

Smithy Brow, Ambleside LA22 9AS, England
015394 32257
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Ranked #1 of 6 nightlife in Ambleside
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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English first
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Just visited The Golden Rule. I've been coming here for over 25yrs and it's never changed. Great lads behind the bar, great atmosphere and a great pint of Hartlys XB with a Scotch egg and all shared with great friends.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I cannot remember when I last walked into a no nonsense pub like the Golden Rule. No music no Telly, no gambling machines - heaven! On a very wet lunchtime, there was only about seven people in there, no pub food except a pork pie and mustard (scrummy) went back in the evening, absolutely packed atoning room only. If you... More

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London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Just what you need in the lake district- a perfect pub. Pork pies and scotch eggs from the local butcher- to die (or kill?) for a decent pint and charming bar staff. Even the conversation in th4e bar was delightfully odd- "how cute in my sleeping Doberman..."

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Stayed in Ambleside for a week and were practically opposite The Golden Rule. What a lovely pub! Looked like it had been recently refurbished; don't know if it has but very clean and tidy. We popped in a few times, whether on the way back from a walk or after an evening meal and we always received a warm welcome.... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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195 reviews 195 reviews
79 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Some of us remember when this was a Hartleys house before Robinson took it over. In the years since it has been slightly spruced up but not stopped being a proper pub. Food offering is very limited. It's about the beer which is excellent. But it's not just about the beer. It serves decent wine, including prosecco by the glass,... More

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York, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Did the Fairfield Horseshoe and called in as it appeared to be 'the done thing'. Excellent pub with friendly staff and a great range of ales to sample. We sat out side as it had turned into a glorious day and the beer garden is great with plenty of seating, well worth a visit!

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Edinburgh (Scotland)
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103 reviews 103 reviews
13 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The Golden Rule is a cracking little no thrills pub that serves great beers and excellent pork pies. When you enter the pub it looks as if time has stood still and when you have a little wander around you find that there are numerous little drinking areas of the main bar. The bar staff are knowledgeable and friendly are... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The best pub in the lake district by a country mile. Friendly, good beer well kept, open fire and excellent scotch eggs. The back yard gets sun into the early evening and even in early April we sat out for a while. Seek it out and also the nearby Garside butchers the source of the scotch eggs the second reason... More

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

We visited every day on our 3 day trip to Ambleside. There is a warm welcome from the staff & the open fire. Plenty of choice of good draught beers & lagers. Good place to visit after a walk in the fresh air.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Went there for a well earned drink after a walk on the fells early March. The barman was welcoming and all 7 ladies look a seat next to the fire. All was going well until the landlord came over and was very rude to us saying the fire was for everyone and made us sit away from it. I very... More

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GoldenRule-Ambleside, Manager at Golden Rule, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, and I am sorry that you found the landlord to be rude. You are right in saying that the pub is for everyone, just as the fire is, and people sitting directly in front of it deprive everyone else in the pub of the opportunity of pleasure from it. The request perhaps could have been... More

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