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Queen's Hotel, Ambleside - pub details

Address: Market Place, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9BU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 33495) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Windermere (4.6 miles)

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Still as bonkers as I remember it. Cellar bar no longer has bluebird, so we went back to the main bar. Great selection of ales. Went Bluebird for 3.30. Was superb. Then there was a public barring of a couple arguing. First time I have seen this happen for an age.

A very odd place.
Mappiman - 3 Nov 2014 20:31
After a 90 minute bus ride from Carnforth we arrived in Ambleside and headed straight for the Queens Hotel for a drink.

Large and imposing hotel in the centre of town. The bar is in front of you as you enter and has 2 separate lounge's.

Long wooden bar with 8 pumps that had 7 different ales, the majority being Cumbrian ales. I went for a Cumbrian Legendary Ales Langdale @ 4.0%, a nice light beer to start the day.

Music playing fairly loudly, I think it was Black Sabbath!

In the front lounge area overlooking the main street is an original fireplace with extremely decorative tiles.

Lots of nick nacks on the shelves and a miss mash of pictures and advertising plaques.

A good place to stop for an ale as the choice is very good.

Another good tick for me.
lezford - 5 Oct 2014 09:41
Visited on a sunny Friday afternoon in July. I entered via the front which is pretty much a hotel reception, then you work your way through to the bar. The bar area itself was pretty empty. To the rear there is a small courtyard beer garden which was pretty full though I just managed to get the last table, even though it was in the shade (as was pretty much the whole beer garden).

From the bank of hand pumps I went for a Windermere Pale at 3.5% and priced at £3.35. A lovely pint, very hoppy and very refreshing.

Bar service was friendly, I'd recommend a visit, plenty of decent ales to choose from.
RealAleRobUK - 12 Jul 2014 13:54
An old Lakeland legend... I've been visiting the Lakes pretty regularly for nearly 20 years, and usually find an excuse to pop into the Queen's Hotel for a couple of pints. I was there a couple of weeks ago, and sadly, it's not looking great.

Good news first... the beer is excellent. A good selection of Jennings, Hawkshead and one other (the ones who do Loweswater Gold, etc... always forget their name). All kept perfectly, although it's a shame they no longer do standard Jennings Bitter, which is very underrated.

Bad stuff... I'm not going to lecture a business on how to run their business, but seriously... on a lovely Saturday lunchtime in June, in the Lake District, when there are busloads of tourists and thirsty walkers everywhere... if you have three people in your entire lounge and bar area at 1pm, something is wrong.

Service was friendly, if a little "bored student". Music was loud. We all have different tastes, but when you're running a pub, you have to consider the appropriate ambience. This is a grand old Victorian marketplace hotel... Magic FM (or whatever) at above-conversation level really doesn't fit. I asked if they'd turn it down, as one of the nasty cheapo speakers was pointing right at my central nervous system. They did, infinitesimally, for a couple of songs.

The food was cheap. CHEAP. And plentiful. But that was it. "Roasted vegetables" were practically raw and clearly microwaved. The cottage pie was huge, but I'd rather have smaller portions, higher prices and FLAVOUR. Someone take this place over and restore it to its former glory.
sfocata - 3 Jul 2014 22:00
Can only talk about the bar and the beer, but we all enjoyed both. The beers were all in good nick and the guy behind the bar friendly. The only detractor - as it seems in most Lakeland pubs - is that all of the beers were pales and all around the 3.5-4.5% ABV mark - as I do like my mid-brown bitters and stronger darker beers. In a town where beer choice and good pubs are in short supply, this pub shines out in my humble opinion.
littledrummerboy - 21 Apr 2014 18:00

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