Golden Rule

The best real ale pub in Ambleside

Outside Pub

About Us

The Golden Rule - the hidden gem of Ambleside - is tucked away off the main road in the heart of the Lake District. This Grade II listed traditional multi-room pub is ever popular with residents and visitors, the young and old, walkers, climbers and mountain bikers, artists and writers.

  • Dog friendly
  • Beer garden

A little more about us

With no background music, no noisy games machines, no big screen televisions, and no meals, the Rule is just the place to relax and have a drink and a chat. Enjoy the extensive range of cask beers, draught lagers and ciders, fine wines, malt whiskies, gins, and other spirits in comfortable traditionally furnished rooms, in the secluded suntrap beer garden, or by the open fire. Take advantage of the free Wi-Fi, daily newspapers, books and magazines, selection of board games and dart board. Dogs are welcome throughout and water bowls are always available.

Opening Times

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We're open
12:00 - 22:00

Serving Food
12:00 - 20:00

A real ale pub in Cumbria

A real ale pub in Cumbria

We are looking forward welcoming anyone who appreciates proper ales to Smithy Brow to pull you a pint of what we do best … great Robinsons beers. The customers and staff at Golden Rule are a friendly bunch, enjoying life in a classic Cumbria pub, where you too can enjoy a well-kept pint.

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Things to do in Ambleside

Things to do in Ambleside

If you’re enjoying a day out in Cumbria, then take a break at Golden Rule. We’re the ideal place to take some time out when visiting nearby attractions and tings to do. Our excellent pub food menu and drinks selection means we’re ideal for a quick visit or a relaxing meal.