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Possibly closed in Tier 2
Phone to check 015394 32257

If open, food all day until 8pm

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Golden Rule

Smithy Brow
LA22 9AS

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Opening Times

Monday11.00 am - Midnight
Tuesday11.00 am - Midnight
Wednesday11.00 am - Midnight
Thursday11.00 am - Midnight
Friday11.00 am - Midnight
Saturday11.00 am - Midnight
Sunday11.00 am - Midnight

About the Pub

One of the oldest hostelries in Ambleside at the bottom of the infamous Struggle leading up to Kirkstone Pass with a good range of very well kept and served Robinson's ales. An exceptionally high-quality traditional pub with a cosy feel: real fire, bench seating, historical rock-climbing photos decorating the walls. An attractive snug is popular for families with children. All areas are regularly packed with jolly locals and students from the nearby university facility, mingling with visiting walkers and climbers. The Rule has featured in Good Beer Guides since 1977 as a local fixture.

Historic Interest

Built c1683, a multi-roomed pub situated close to the main car park. The main bar has old fixed seating and a late 50s/early 60s fireplace but the bar counter and back look like 1970s replacements. The small room on the left has more fixed seating and bell pushes but difficult to age. Front right small room has leatherette fixed seating which looks 1960s. Small bar at the rear right looked like a 1970s addition with a pair of 1945 Gaskell & Chambers handpumps but was removed some years ago.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 4 regular beers.

  • Robinsons Cascade IPA
  • Robinsons Cumbria Way
  • Robinsons Dizzy Blonde
  • Robinsons Wizard

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 3 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Robinsons --varies--

Robinsons range selected from regular beers, seasonal brews, and occasional specials such as the celebrated Old Tom.

The pub's range of changing beers regularly includes the following rare beer styles:

  • Old Ale

Robinson's Old Tom.

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Golden Rule, Ambleside


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    Weston's Old Rosie - pasteurised.

  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited
  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • Garden Pub Garden

    Yard at rear.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly

    No children in main bar.

  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    Dominos, cards, and board games for young and old. If you prefer your entertainment electronic there is a silent games machines.

  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • RealFire Real Fire
  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Covered and heated.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Golden Rule

Smithy Brow
LA22 9AS

Sat Nav Reference

54.433568, -2.962604


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Nearby Bus Routes (400m)

Stagecoach: 505; 516, 555, 599

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