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Golden Rule

Smithy Brow, Ambleside LA22 9AS, England
+44 15394 32257
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Best pub for miles around

Although it was a couple of weeks since we were there last, we'll be back two weeks tonight to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
North East
Great place.

Went in here several times during our weeks stay. Always friendly and served a good pint. No loud... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ian G
via mobile
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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.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“proper pub” (33 reviews)
“pork pie” (51 reviews)
“scotch egg” (33 reviews)
Opens in 15 min
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Smithy Brow, Ambleside LA22 9AS, England
+44 15394 32257
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Monties
Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank nthompson79
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Proper pub, no piped music, no food, no juke box. Just great bar, friendly staff and chatter with the locals . Very welcoming, with lots of little rooms, including pub games.

Thank Lesley C
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Never having been in this pub before,I decided to make sure we nipped in for a quick drink on our last visit to Ambleside to see if it lived up to it's reputation.Happily it did. A great traditional pub,with a good range of beers to...More

Thank 1961gandc
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

One we hadn't found till a few years ago but a "proper" pub with a good choice of well kept beers. That's it's charm.

Thank sleep007
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Tucked off the Main Street this little pub was cozy and comfortable. The staff were friendly and served well kept ales. Dog friendly too!

Thank jimboe89
Reviewed 29 October 2017

i might be a little rotten here, it should get 5 star but the fact it lets dogs in takes one off for me, nothing worse than loud, wet dogs to put you off your pint. otherwise good beer, cosy atmosphere, friendly staff. Try a...More

Thank nik a
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Just slightly off the beaten track but a gem of a pub. Here for the week and this is our third visit. Excellent beer selection and scotch eggs and pork pies to accompany. Dog and people friendly. If you don't have enough hands to carry...More

Thank Abstay
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