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Golden Rule

Smithy Brow, Ambleside LA22 9AS, England
+44 15394 32257
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Great old pub

Been coming here for 30 years and its still my favourite pub in Ambleside.Not pretentious, nice... read more

Reviewed February 1, 2018
mikdodd
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Kendal, United Kingdom
via mobile
Completely embarrassed!

Currently sat begrudgingly finishing my cider in this pub. Visiting with my new husband and our... read more

Reviewed January 31, 2018
kirsty l
,
St Helens, United Kingdom
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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, 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.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
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“proper pub” (37 reviews)
“pork pie” (55 reviews)
“scotch egg” (35 reviews)
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Smithy Brow, Ambleside LA22 9AS, England
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+44 15394 32257
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"proper pub"
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"pork pie"
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"scotch egg"
in 35 reviews
"great beer"
in 20 reviews
"locals and visitors"
in 5 reviews
"real ale"
in 17 reviews
"warm welcome"
in 15 reviews
"perfect pub"
in 8 reviews
"favourite pub"
in 9 reviews
"cask ales"
in 10 reviews
"friendly bar staff"
in 6 reviews
"the main bar area"
in 6 reviews
"beer garden"
in 13 reviews
"days walking"
in 8 reviews
"no nonsense"
in 5 reviews
"roaring fire"
in 9 reviews
"range of beers"
in 7 reviews
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Reviewed February 1, 2018 via mobile

Been coming here for 30 years and its still my favourite pub in Ambleside.Not pretentious, nice fire, great ale and cheery staff.

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Reviewed January 31, 2018 via mobile

Currently sat begrudgingly finishing my cider in this pub. Visiting with my new husband and our RESCUE cairn terrier who we are trying to socialise as much as we can. Lots of dogs in which was great although unnerved our little girl unfortunately and already...More

11  Thank kirsty l
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Reviewed January 28, 2018 via mobile

Whenever we are in Ambleside this is the pub we head for. A traditional pub with loads of atmosphere, a number of comfortable rooms and always a good number of Cask Ales served in excellent condition. My favourite for a session Ale is Robinson’s Dizzy...More

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Reviewed January 14, 2018

We spend a lot time in the Lakes and we always call in here. Great beer, friendly atmosphere. Children aren't allowed in the main bar however there are other rooms for families. It's dog friendly like most places in the Lakes.

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Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile

Best pub in Ambleside! What a cozy, lovely atmosphere. Staff are friendly lovely fire and dog friendly! We will return again on our next trip to Ambleside!!

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Reviewed December 19, 2017 via mobile

Nobody would disagree with the reviews about the attraction of this real ale pub. It’s a great place, (if overpriced) with a good selection of ales. However, having ordered half a Veltins this evening, which tasted vinegary; the barman told us, “We were wrong about...More

5  Thank CononleyTraveller
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Reviewed December 7, 2017

Although it was a couple of weeks since we were there last, we'll be back two weeks tonight to visit this lovely pub again. We've been going to the Golden Rule for years now and we love the place. The character, the staff and quality...More

1  Thank Monties
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Reviewed December 3, 2017 via mobile

Went in here several times during our weeks stay. Always friendly and served a good pint. No loud music or tvs, just good conversation, long may it last.

Thank Ian G
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Reviewed December 1, 2017

Great little pub with lots of friendly customers and staff welcoming regulars and guests equally. Lots of small rooms and a log fire in the main bar area felt really good on a cold November day. Easy access for a wheelchair too with regulars happy...More

Thank Paul H
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Reviewed November 25, 2017

Proper pub how they should be run. No music, no kids, great choice of very well kept beers. Great for a mid walk / end of walk beverage and space to chat.

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