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“Friendliest Pub In Ambleside” 5 of 5 stars
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North Road, Ambleside LA22 9DT, England   |  
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Ranked #71 of 84 Ambleside B&B and Inns
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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“Friendliest Pub In Ambleside”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We stayed in Ambleside for 3 days, couldn't stay at the pub. While it's very dog friendly in the bar, the B'n'B is not.
The Staff were all very helpful & chatty, the Landlady was lovely, she comes from our home town.
Mike Mead, the entertainment, was a scream. The atmosphere was warm & welcoming.
We did visit the other pubs in the town, but had to come back to the Unicorn.
We couldn't fault it.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

Having stayed at the unicorn inn last night I thought id share my experience..... on arrival went to the barbto collect keys, we were a large party of 11 and booked every room, the dark haired girl that attended to us was unhelpful and didn't even crack a smile, we had booked the rooms for a suprise night away for a family members 40th birthday who hadn no idea about us all being there, I politely let the girl no about the situation and asked her not to give anything away regarding us being there to which she agreed, we then went to our rooms which where clean and tidy, typical bnb in the lakes very comfy beds. When my brother arrived (we where all waiting eagerly in his bedroom to suprise ) he went to the bar to collect the keys with his wife to which this bar made rudely said its cash payment all the rest of your party have paid for their rooms!! Giving away the suprise and was again miserable with him, having previously read the reviews I had actually told her twice about the suprise. here there are previous comments about this girl and her lack of customer service skills, she dampened our experience in this pub and should not work in anywhere public. The owners are nice and helpful its just a shame.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Lincs
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Stayed for one night in September. After some great weather walking. The pub is quite traditional but tied to Robinsons, so if you don't like their ale, you best go round the corner to the Golden Rule. The bedroom was very low ceilinged with a big beam over the bed at about 5'10" and there was not a lot of room. Bad TV reception, if that bothers you. Not us. Not particularly noisy. Dated decor but wearm and clean. Electric shower, so no chance of hot water running out. Limited parking opportunities. Godd breakfast and nice staff.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

Stayed at the unicorn pub back in July 2013 after a long day on the hills this place was the perfect atmosphere to hang up that coat and wash down that classic pub grub with some really nice ales, staff were really welcoming and helped us with some great hot stops to visit around the village.
Would highly recommend to all who are looking for that traditional Lake District feel with good company great food and beer.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Leeds, UK
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We popped in the Unicorn a couple of times for a beer during our visit, do note they are not open during the day through the week. The ale isn’t particularly well served and the staff not really friendly or chatty and if you fancy a pint of lager you are hit in the pocket.

On a previous visit a family member mentioned the ales to be flat, we didn't return them and just left at that point, this time though on the first visit the ales where a decent pint but they went downhill and I switched to lager, what a mistake £3.95 for a pint of Carling, I moaned last time at paying £3.50 in Nov 2012 and should have remembered this but this is a joke, especially when ales are less than £3 a pint!! I had to question the barmaid and without discrimination or shame told me the price, I thought they might have poured me some decent European lager by mistake but not Carling or I had walked into a well furbished bar in a city with smiling staff, anyway that’s enough moaning.

Maybe not then, on our last visit the place was a quarter full at about 7pm and we noticed some locals or student girls sat on one table but were covering two tables with coats and the likes and on the only free randomly spaced tables at the top end of the pub were reserved signs covering 3 tables, this totally destroyed any atmosphere in there, we were forced down into the bottom part looking into the grotty kitchen with Chef Mike and stinking toilets.

Deffo not one to return.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Truro, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

My husband and I were looking for a nice local pub for a quick drink following a walk up Stony Crag Pike. We were looking for something away from the tourist area and, by chance, found the Unicorn Inn. It was the cosy, busy local we had been looking for. There was a pleasant ambience, comfortable seating and very reasonably priced food available. I think that some of the previous reviews have been a little unkind regarding the food. The Unicorn is a pub so you would expect pub food. If you are looking for a special meal out, go to a dedicated restaurant! Our two drinks - a pint of Ale and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc along with a portion of chips came to £8.95 This really is value for money. Most Lakeland pubs charge extortionate prices for mediocre wine! This pub is also dog friendly - do try it. We will be booking a table for dinner next Sunday!

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Waterlooville
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We were first timers to Ambleside and ended up going here nearly every night ! Met a group of walkers who'd been going there for five years in a row. Just off the main road so not full of tourists. No beer garden, but completely dog friendly. Great real ales in a traditional style country pub. We didn't eat but the food of the walkers looked great (£10-£15) for huge steaks, fish, etc. Often they have quiz nights or folk music night after about 9pm. The first ever pub in Ambleside I believe, some 400 years old !

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Unicorn Inn

Address: North Road, Ambleside LA22 9DT, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #71 of 84 B&Bs / Inns in Ambleside
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
The Unicorn Hotel Ambleside
The Unicorn Inn Ambleside, Lake District

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