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The Golden Rule, Ambleside Town Centre, Ambleside

Smithy Brow
Ambleside
LA22 9AS
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Al Bundy left this review about The Golden Rule

I think they're saying its ok and quite nice. And they'd be correct.

On 3rd March 2015 - rating: 8
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John Bonser left this review about The Golden Rule

In the heart of the bustling Lakeside town of Ambleside is The Golden Rule, a fine traditional, relatively unspoilt pub that, seemingly unusual for the Lake District, appears to rely more on locals than visitors for its custom.

It’s situated 100 yards or so up a short steepish hill off the main road through town and, with no external hanging pub sign, it’s not immediately noticeable to the casual passer by on the main road as being a pub.

It’s a longish whitewashed building with a number of adjoining rooms on slightly different levels, reflecting the gradient of the hill.

The main room, where the bar counter is situated, features black beams, horse brasses, traditional perimeter red velour seating, bar stools and a decent carpet. There’s also a collection of copper plates, old prints and local paintings to admire. There’s something of a granny’s living room look to this room and, on my mid September early Saturday lunchtime visit, it initially felt a bit like being an extra in an episode of Last of the Summer Wine as several groups of elderly locals were sat around discussing their ailments, drinking halves of bitter shandy, or sharing a pot of tea complete with the best china and all served on a silver tray. I initially attracted some mild curiosity, but not at all in an unfriendly way and I received a warm welcome from John, the long serving landlord, who I later learnt, has been running the show here since 1981.

Off the main room are a number of other traditionally furnished cosy and comfortable rooms. On the left is a smaller basic room with a dartboard and a ghastly, electronic games machine, looking rather out of place, but silent on my visit. On the right hand side, down several steps, a larger room is decorated with a collection of old Lakeland postcards and prints. Within this room is an unusual snug, not much bigger than a broom cupboard, with room realistically for no more than half a dozen people at most. A further room, set further back, features a large TV and a collection of board games. The TV was not in use during my visit and I didn’t see any adverts or posters for live sport anywhere.

A narrow corridor near the bar counter leads to an outside seating area behind the pub. On the wall of this corridor is a fine old black and white photo showing a previous landlord outside the pub with a sign in the background advertising “good stabling”, which would appear to have been at the rear of the pub, where there is a separate entrance from another street.

The Golden Rule is a Robinsons pub, formerly Hartleys, which, on my visit, was offering Hartleys XB, Cumbria Way, Dizzy Blonde, 1892, Citra and Double Hop. Both the Hartleys XB and Cumbria Way - £ 3.10p – were in decent shape. A 3 x 1/3 pint tray is offered at £ 3.30p.

There was nothing to indicate that any food was ever on and, in this respect, it bucks the trend of Lake District pubs.

It’s a fine, traditional, community orientated local – worth calling in if you’re in the area.

On 17th October 2014 - rating: 7
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Will Larter left this review about The Golden Rule

Like the nearby Unicorn a former Hartleys pub, it still features XB and Cumbrian Way, though these are both brewed by Robinsons these days; the other four hand pumps had the parent brewery's product on. Situated on a steep hill, the start of the road up The Struggle to Kirkstone Pass, the pub's three rooms are not all on a level. To the right there are steps down to a room which is at street level, while to the left is a room that is level with the bar yet below the street outside.

The walls of the lower room are adorned by a collection of old Lakes postcards: water colours by W Heaton Cooper, and there are also some climbing photos by Bill Birkett. This room also features what would have to be described as a snug, but which the doorway and wall furnishings suggest was probably once a cloakroom. There's a coal fire in the bar, and my favourite pub feature: no music!

On 5th January 2012 - rating: 7
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Windermere, 4.97 miles, 1 hr 35 min walk (show)
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Burneside (Cumbria), 11.49 miles, 3 hr 41 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
  • Car Park : Yes - At bottom of hill - pay & display - last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
  • Darts : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
  • Hot Food : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
  • Jukebox : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
  • Karaoke : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
  • Live Music : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
  • Pinball : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
  • Pool Table : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by Will Larter
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