Golden Rule

Simple town tavern with a cosy, relaxed atmosphere and real ales

The good pub guide review

This honest Lakeland local was recently recognised by outdoor gear retailer Mountain Warehouse as offering Britain's best post-walk pint. The walks in question are many and varied, at all levels of challenge, hillside and waterside, and the pint in question is on handpump from Robinsons: Cascade, Cumbria Way, Dizzy Blonde, Trooper and Wizard ' or there's Weston's cider, along with various teas and good coffee all day. It's a straightforward place where little changes. The bar area has built-in wall seats around cast-iron-framed tables (one with a local map set into its top), horsebrasses on black beams, various pictures on the walls, a welcoming winter fire and a relaxed atmosphere. A brass measuring rule hangs above the bar (hence the pub's name). There's also a back room with TV (not much used), a room on the left with a games machine, and another room, down a couple of steps on the right, with lots of seating. The back yard has benches and a covered heated area, and the window boxes are especially colourful. There's no car park. Disabled access.

The good pub guide food review

The scotch eggs and pork pies (if they have them) run out fast, so don't assume you will get something to eat.

2021 Awards

Contact Details

Golden Rule, Smithy Brow, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9AS

(015394) 32257

Pub Group: Robinsons

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 11am-midnight