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Golden Rule

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Address: Smithy Brow, Ambleside LA22 9AS, England
Phone Number: +44 15394 32257
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The Golden Rule, tucked away off the main road in Ambleside, is a...

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.

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Traditional and Friendly

This is an old fashioned traditional pub that does not serve food but has a good selection of wines, beers and spirits (even prosecco). The interior when we visited was decorated... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Julie W
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an old fashioned traditional pub that does not serve food but has a good selection of wines, beers and spirits (even prosecco). The interior when we visited was decorated for Christmas and the atmosphere was fantastic with a good mix of local's and tourists like us. The bar staff make this pub, they treat everyone the same, very... More 

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1 Thank Julie W
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the moment you walk in you are made to feel really welcome. We love coming here and seeing the two johns, Johns wife,Gregg and Martin. We never want to leave when we get here, but we can't have a liquid lunch or diner so need to reluctantly leave to eat. Sorry about saying the pub smelled john but I... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best in Ambleside, quietly situated. Lovely outdoor covered seating area with heaters. Friendly landlord, will definitely be back when next visiting. Do pay a visit. Jo and Erich

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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217 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friendly welcome, a warm fire and good beer's--always on offer at the Golden Rule. John and the team do an excellent job.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went in for a couple and managed to sample every tap going. Lovely, traditional pub packed with history. We sat by the fire doing a crossword and of course, drinking and found it difficult to get up and leave! Very friendly and helpful staff. Thanks

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great beer and everything you expect from a traditional Lakeland pub- fantastic! Will make a point of coming here again.

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Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The golden rule is a really nice pub with a good range of beer and an excellent feel to it... it would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a good pub in Ambleside

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Garstang, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I really enjoy going to this pub when walking in the lakes they are extremely dog friendly, the beer is always top class, always happy customers to talk to. Well done the Golden Rule a consistently great pub a credit to you.

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Mexborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

A visit to Ambleside would not be complete without popping in for a pint and it's lovely to see that things do not always have to change just to keep up with the times. This welcoming alehouse is a short stroll from all the hustle and bustle of the crowds. A well tended and gleaming bar with an excellent choice... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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1,154 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 614 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Very helpful barman who seemed to understand his beers. Enjoyed the "bat" of beers as much as I did last time. Traditional finish inside with the addition of very modern loos since last here. Very busy (the pub not the loos). A few nooks and crannies to sit in and have a beer. Also have an outdoor area at the... More 

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