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Golden Rule

Closed Now: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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A real pub - without gastro food, hooray!

Pints of the “Cumbria Way” were easily quaffed and pulled by the friendly chatty staff. Sat down... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
SideCarCity
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London, United Kingdom
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Great pub

Spent New Year's week in Ambleside and went to the Golden Rule most evenings. Traditional pub... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
YorkieLass8
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Leeds
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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...more
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Smithy Brow, Ambleside LA22 9AS, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Pints of the “Cumbria Way” were easily quaffed and pulled by the friendly chatty staff. Sat down next to the roaring fire which was shared by friendly locals. Some local chat, one of many board games and an endless parade of almost every type of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent New Year's week in Ambleside and went to the Golden Rule most evenings. Traditional pub, friendly relaxed atmosphere. Mostly walkers so very casual. The bar staff were all very friendly and helpful. Re earlier comments I was in the pub on New Years Eve...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank YorkieLass8
Reviewed 1 week ago

Another superb week in Ambleside with numerous visits to the Golden Rule. Excellent beer, superb staff (so friendly and attentive). This is a proper pub, beer, pork pies, with kids and dogs welcomed. Full of locals, fell walkers and day trippers all side by side...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank NfromCurrock
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visit Ambleside every New Year with friends from around the country, and visit this pub every day. It’s traditional, has a very wide range of real ales, with excellent prompt service from the numerous staff. Recommended.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mark T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a nice night in all the other pubs in ambleside, -the unicorn being the best one. We decided to visit the golden rule for our last drink before we headed back to the hotel for the night. When we got in the pub we...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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GoldenRule-Ambleside, Manager at Golden Rule, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We have already responded to the main substance of you complaint in a review by another member of your party so we will not repeat that here. All that we will add is that you have a wonderful imagination and it has amused us greatly...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is good if you don't want to have fun and want to be boring we were told to sit in a corner and stop singing at Christmas!!!!!!who does that!! The barman was extremely rude and told us that the landlord was in bed...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Armor222017
GoldenRule-Ambleside, Manager at Golden Rule, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

You come into our pub shouting, screaming and "singing", without any consideration for our other customers or our neighbours. When asked to stop you childishly carried on and got even louder. And yet apparently we are the rude ones.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have worked in the drinks industry for 22 years and believe me this is first class, I understand this is a local favourite so I am not sure they will be thrilled with all the visitors the owner and staff deserve, There were a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank desiredeffectsyorks
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Four of us popped in to this pub for a drink on the day of the Christmas lights switch on. As you may expect the pub was very busy with locals and visitors but we were served quickly in a friendly manner and thoroughly enjoyed...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Hesumu
Reviewed December 10, 2018 via mobile

Robinson's Old Tom on tap in winter, need I say more. It's not cheap but you don't need many to sip at.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank StuartR1784
Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

Spent a few wet afternoons and evenings in here on our weeks holiday, playing darts and cards. Have been coming for many years and great to see it has not changed.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ian G
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andypomf
November 3, 2018|
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Response from GoldenRule-Ambleside | Property representative |
No, we don't have a car park. There is pay-and-display and on-street parking nearby.
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