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Golden Rule

Smithy Brow, Ambleside LA22 9AS, England
+44 15394 32257
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Simpy great

This pub is outstanding. Nice interieur, calm, quiet, all kind of people, all ages. What else do... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Frankfurt, Germany
via mobile
Great beer great pub

I always pop in here if I'm in Ambleside. A great selection of beer and well kept. On a sunny day... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Anthony C
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%
Travellers talk about
“proper pub” (28 reviews)
“pot pies” (32 reviews)
“scotch egg” (33 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 - 00:00
Smithy Brow, Ambleside LA22 9AS, England
+44 15394 32257
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This pub is outstanding. Nice interieur, calm, quiet, all kind of people, all ages. What else do you need? Go there any enjoy.

Thank X7H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I always pop in here if I'm in Ambleside. A great selection of beer and well kept. On a sunny day the beer garden is a real suntrap. If you like beer this is the pub for you

Thank Anthony C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ambleside and the surrounding fells is our annual haunt, a weekend of walking, drinking and eating - what could be better? First on our minds as we set off from London is our first pint at the Rule. Plus all the others that follow over...More

Thank pubreviewer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No nonsense here, just good beer and a few bar snacks to keep you going - no loud music or annoying fruit machines, just a good atmosphere (even for tourists!)

Thank brucemoose
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best pub in ambleside by a mile. Proper pub atmosphere, perfect after a walk. Chilled atmosphere, good range of beers (incl. Real ales) and only well behaved dogs welcome. All patrons were similar minded, enjoying a good pint in peace. No music, karaoke or tvs....More

1  Thank RJLD7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Never found anywhere else that does bud on tap but the rules got it covered. Staff are great can have a proper laugh with them in a nice chilled out pub.

Thank Charlie M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely sound pub. The staff are great and it's always got a really friendly atmosphere about it. Always nice for a drink after work

Thank Cameron D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you like a tradtional pub, this is it. No music, no TV, just the sound of people talking and enjoying a drink. The service was excellent, there's a good range of local beers and some interesting photos on the wall. Will definitely visit again...More

Thank Alec L
Reviewed 3 June 2017

A quiet and cozy pub with good service, perfect for a pint or two after a day's walking. During my stay in Ambleside, I had many good conversations with fellow walkers.

Thank Scott_from_VA
Reviewed 2 June 2017

I enjoyed a few traditional pints of ale in this very traditional pub Some fantastic and interesting photos/pictures that adorns the walls A cosy and very relaxed place With outdoor seating and just a great place to soak up the atmosphere of the pub and...More

Thank Dave B
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