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Badger Bar@The Glen Rothay Hotel, Ambleside

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
A591
Rydal
Postal town: Ambleside
LA22 9LR

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Will Larter left this review about Badger Bar@The Glen Rothay Hotel

A recent visit reinforced my impression of this pub as one to keep coming back to. If only the opportunities were more frequent. An additional highlight, as if any were needed, is the way the toilets have been designed to incorporate the bare rock of the adjoining hillside (see photos) - worth an extra point!

Date of visit: 20th December 2015

On 14th January 2016 - rating: 9
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Will Larter left this review about The Glen Rothay Hotel and Badger Bar

The spooky carved badger referred to in my earlier review has moved to a different part of the bar, but otherwise things are much as before. Beer quality and choice continue to impress, and have been recognised by the local Camra branch, who made it their pub of the season for Autumn 2012. On my recent visit there were Loweswater Gold and Grasmoor Dark from Cumbrian Legendary Ales, Ulverston Lonesome Pine and Winster Best Bitter. There's a 10% discount on production of a current Camra membership card. This is one to keep coming back to.

On 31st December 2012 - rating: 8
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Glen Rothay Hotel and Badger Bar

Seventeenth century inn with a large dose of Victorian gothic thrown in, with the general feel of a run-down small hotel coming back to life as a pub. Quite splendid however. Four good local ales and excellent food. Large outdoor area. 10% discount on ales for CAMRA members. Recommended, and potential to get even better.

On 30th August 2011 - rating: 8
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Will Larter left this review about The Glen Rothay Hotel and Badger Bar

The building dates from 1624, the fireback has the date 1627 on it, and the wood panelling above the mantel piece is dated 1679. The main room, which is to one side of the bar, has obviously been altered at some time as the fireplace is not symmetrically placed, but there is still a genuinely old feel about the place, which is not dispelled by the slightly spooky carved badger in the corner.

There are four real ales on the hand pumps, and the friendly bar attendant was able to describe them knowledgeably. All are from Cumbrian breweries, including Cartmel Hurdler, Cumberland Corby Ale and Blonde, plus Dent Ramsbottom from slightly further afield. I had the Ramsbottom, which at 4.5% is slightly strong when driving, but the others were all on the pale and hoppy side for my taste. Anyway, it went down a treat and I was able to navigate safely back over Kirkstone Pass afterwards, so no harm done.

On 13th July 2011 - rating: 8
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Gary Seymour left this review about The Glen Rothay Hotel and Badger Bar

Interesting wood paneled bar in the hotel. Four local real ales from micro breweries. Dogs welcome.

On 12th February 2009 - rating: 8
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