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Anothet Ambleside visit. Only beer conumed and the Hartley XB was the best of the weekend.
Mappiman - 3 Nov 2014 20:26
Good real ale and food pub. Visited on quiet Sunday evening in mid-October. Friendly efficient bar and serving staff. Selection of Hartleys and Robinsons beers on. Good plate-fulls of freshly-cooked food. No chicken dishes available on the night, but he Hungarian meatballs from the specials board were very good, and rare steak cooked nice and rare! Comfortable traditional pub intterior. Relatively unobtrusive background music. Highly likely to return again during this week's say in town.
shaggyorigin - 14 Oct 2013 08:18
Respectable, traditional pub with very well kept Robinsons ales (4 on when I turned up) - if you are on look out for real ale in Ambleside try The Gilded Lily and Queens Hotel.
kernott1 - 10 Aug 2013 08:46
Arrived at 1.52 pm to be told bluntly by the barmand that no food was available (despite being advertised until 2 pm). Left quickly and went to the Golden Rule (best pub in Ambleside).
spottiewattie17 - 18 Apr 2012 17:41
Looking for decent home cooked pub food in ambleside? This seems to be the recommended place. Lots of traditional pubs in the town but this is the only one that doesnt microwave them. Choice of real ales, which we were able to sample before making a decision. Food was OK. Live music on later.
Mappiman - 3 Feb 2012 20:44
The beer was okay, but the food didn't smelled particularly appetising and when this pub had customers they all tended to be over 70. The room for the pool table is too small for it and the pub wasn't homely at all, despite the decor.
StephanB - 23 Sep 2011 17:25
I have been going to Ambleside for many years now and our recent visit was just a wonderful as on previous occasions.....apart from our visit to a pub we have never visited before and certainly wont be going back to !!!!
We went as entertainment had been advertised there on Thursday evenings....
We sat and had a drink of the local beer , sat and listened to the 'entertainment'. He was without a doubt the most boring singer I have ever witnessed. And when it came to the end of the night we were left in darkness to finish our drinks at 11.05pm !!!
So my advise is dont ruin your lake district break , go to the Sportsman / Golden Rule or White Lion instead ... you wont go wrong !!!
megan101 - 19 Oct 2010 18:06
First and LAST time at this one... why pay good money to drink in very tired surroundings, with little to no atmosphere, and an outdated musician no doubt bashing out the same old tunes he's been playing for years. A few tips to the licensee would be (1) sack the old grey haired guy with the guitar - going by his body language and facial expression (or should I say lack of it) clearly shows he's obviously not enjoying his work - entertainment value 0/10 (leaves no room for him to snigger at amateurs doing their level best at a karaoke in a nearby pub a few nights earlier). (2) if you're going to call time smack on 11pm, at least give those who bought one for the road, time to get back to their tables before switching most of the lights off, making it quite clear their custom was no longer welcome. Conclusion: there are many fine watering holes in Ambleside so the next time we visit the lakes we'll be giving the Unicorn Inn a wide berth.
sir_prised - 19 Oct 2010 10:27
Quite like this pub apart from the Robisons ales.

can get very busy especially on a Saturday night
Ayresomeangel - 4 Aug 2010 14:01
Called in briefly during a recent visit. Same beers as the Golden Rule, slightly less atmosphere, but itís an established pub and worth a visit.
Mothbag - 21 Jul 2010 12:04
Um, this is how pubs used to be in the 80s............ and i don't mean the good ones.

On a Saturday night naff live musician who slagged off request songs before singing them. The barman had to serve a local before me even though he knew I was first due to the vaguely threatening demeanour of said local.

On the plus side the two lads working behind the bar were nice and friendly. Food was ok but a bit pricey. Robinsons beer - not my taste I'm afraid.
Old_King_Cole - 15 May 2010 17:54
Always a regular Robinsons beers well kept. Small place mainly for food from teatime onwards, but a good local all the same.
Mothbag - 27 Jul 2009 15:04
On my 1st ever visit to the Lakes over 25 years ago I stayed in this pub,as I remember it my single room was as basic as could be, the bar was hardly any better,in recent years all this has changed,its now a pleasure to spent an hour or so in what has become a warm and inviting inn.
canigou - 27 Nov 2008 15:53
Sadly for me the introduction of Robinsons Ales into the area has led to a lowering of quality. I now tend to give these old Hartleys pubs a miss and look down the road for some Hawkshead brews. It was and could still be a nice pub, if it has some other Ales.
Sid98 - 12 Dec 2007 17:53
Excellent mixed grill! Just the thing after a winter hike round the Fairfield Horseshoe.
dixongreen - 10 Dec 2006 13:56
v v friendly pub, with good mixture of locals and hikers. good music some nights
mozzzzzz - 12 Sep 2006 11:20
Around the corner from "The Golden Rule" pub. These pubs have similarities, both Hartleys and both old locals. Friendly pubs with a nice pint of XB.
Sid - 5 Apr 2004 23:47

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