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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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North Wales, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Found this by accident and it was lovely out of the hustle and bustle of tourist full pubs in town. Only stopped for an afternoon beer in the sun, which was just perfect. Sat in the sun outside on some benches. Only a few other people there and a few more turned up later but it was just what we... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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70 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Liked it partly because they did a 3 x one third pint bat to try a few ales. No music, no singer, just a quiet traditional lakes bar. The odd smell of the loos drifting through was a bit off putting. Very much a place where people pop in from their walks (perhaps with dogs). Free wifi.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Came here for a couple of drinks on the first night of our stay in Ambleside. Nice cosy pub with lots of different rooms. We sat in the room with a tv which had loads of board games and books, so we sat and played snakes and ladders! Nice staff and a good vibe.

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West yorkshire
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A great place to call in for a pint (no food), chill out and nurse your sore muscles after long walks in the Lake district. Friendly landlord, landlady, locals and great beer....what more could you ask for? One of the nicer pubs in Ambleside.

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Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Good beer, fantastic scotch eggs and pork pies, no jukebox...what more do you want? Eat somewhere else in Ambleside, then pop here for an evening of beery contentment

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Bradford
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56 reviews 56 reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I generally visit the Golden Rule on each trip to Ambleside. It is totally hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Ambleside and you may not know it was even there if you didn't hear about it first. Worth checking out though if you like your ale. There were around 6 wickets on when I was there earlier this... More

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Returned to Ambleside after a few years away and was pleased to see this pub was still around. Lovely staff who are there whether its a drink required after a heavy days walking or an evenings relaxation. Choice of beer was excellent, gorgeous beer garden out back for relaxing in the sun, hidden away from all the hustle and bustle... More

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Hermitage. Emsworth, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Well worth tracking this gem down. Super little pub with very friendly staff and an excellent range of draught beers on tap. Be sure to try the 3 x 1/3 pint samples. I don't think they do food here, so pop in the Unicorn round the corner for a bite to eat first. Recommended.

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Innsbruck, Austria
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31 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is on the roundabout that is the start of "the struggle" up to the top of kirkstone pass. Really nice traditional Lakeland pub with local beers and a nice atmosphere. Worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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