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Sticklebarn Tavern, Ambleside

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
Great Langdale
Great Langdale
Postal town: Ambleside
LA22 9JU

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Brainy Pool left this review about Sticklebarn Tavern

it's a National Trust pub and therefore attracts kids en masse, and that's the main reason for the low rating. definitely serves a purpose and can understand its appeal to the 'family day out' crowd. they have made it as pub-like inside as possible and when it empties later on it's actually quite cosy. but I just can't give higher than 4 to a place like this.

On 7th August 2018 - rating: 4
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Ian Mapp left this review about Sticklebarn Tavern

Was surprised to see that I would have a choice of three boozers in the area. Was looking forward to this but not sure what put us off first.

Was it the middle class, yet unsupervised kids throwing the cushions around and running riot? Was it the real ales at £3.90 a pint.

Probably the latter, as they had little control of the former.

Not really for me - more for the glamping families over the road.

On 13th March 2017 - rating: 5
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Jay Shore left this review about Sticklebarn Tavern

After a horrendous experience at the ODG we walked here. What a lovely change, friendly , dog friendly too. Beer was excellent and food very good. I will always use this when in this neck of the woods .

On 26th October 2011 - rating: 8
[User has posted 4 recommendations about 4 pubs]

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Will Larter left this review about The Stickle Barn Tavern

When this place first opened it was very much a barn: soulless, noisy and completely out of character for the Lake District. In recent years it has improved quite a bit, and the previous reviewer's experience with poor quality ales is not what I have found. In fact I stayed for a week at the cottage next door this summer and was in the Stickle Barn most nights, when I found the beer to be always in good condition. I usually had the Barngates Tag Lag, but there were alternative beers available from other local breweries, including Coniston.

The interior has been split up into distinct areas, to reduce that barn-like atmosphere and make it more like a proper pub. At busy times the benches at the front take the overspill. For a traditional lakeland pub, you still can't beat the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel further up the valley, or the Britannia down the road in Elterwater. But if you want to slake your thirst after a day on the fells, there's no need to by-pass this one, in my opinion.

On 14th December 2010 - rating: 6
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Gary Seymour left this review about The Stickle Barn Tavern

Don't bother walk the extra half mile or so to the Old Dungeon Ghyll.Did have six real ales but as first two were so badly kept I threw them away I didn't try anymore

On 30th May 2008 - rating: 4
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