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Golden Rule

Smithy Brow, Ambleside LA22 9AS, England
+44 15394 32257
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Local Pub

In my 2+ years of living by Ambleside the staff at the Rule have always been pleasant and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
via mobile
Great old pub

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kendal, United Kingdom
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.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
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“proper pub” (34 reviews)
“pork pie” (52 reviews)
“scotch egg” (33 reviews)
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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 via mobile

In my 2+ years of living by Ambleside the staff at the Rule have always been pleasant and courteaus, and actually, are always happen to engage in a good conversation and joke. Whilst the Rule is often busy the staff only want to ensure that...More

Thank Theoden59
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank mikdodd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

2  Thank kirsty l
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank nelly_norman
Reviewed 14 January 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.

Thank TheTwoofus1995
Reviewed 30 December 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!!

Thank Charlotte07082009
Reviewed 19 December 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

4  Thank CononleyTraveller
Reviewed 7 December 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
Reviewed 3 December 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
Reviewed 1 December 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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