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Royal Oak, Ambleside - pub details

Address: Church Street, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9BU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 33496) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Windermere (4.6 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.0/10 (rated by 9 users)
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I haven't been in for a good few years and remember it as an average place for a sometimes iffy pint.

It is now an entry in the 2020 Good Beer Guide with the comment that it is "vastly improved since it became a Greene King Local Hero offering local ales" (oddly, in some areas GK is pretty much despised by the CAMRA faithful). The place is further described as "efficiently run by friendly staff". Time for me to give it another go the next time I am in Ambleside.

Stamfordian - 25 Sep 2019 17:04
A revisit, as we noticed they had a singer on a Sunday night. Good choice of unusual ales and I had to try thirst blood at 6%. It was superb. As was the singer.
Mappiman - 3 Nov 2014 20:34
Popped in here on a hot sunny Friday afternoon in July. The outdoor area is not that big but I just managed to get a seat outside (even if it was next to a dripping hanging basket). It is a bit of a shame (in my opinion) that the front area was covered by huge umbrellas. However it was still a warm and pleasant environment.

On entering the pub I was surprised how near the front of the building the bar was! There was a bank of four or five hand pumps, a fair selection to choose from, including a cider, and I went for the Thirst Oak (Keswick Brewery I believe) at 4.8%. A very pleasant pint, served by a friendly efficient barmaid. The pint cost £3.53 - not bargain basement but I guess to be expected in a popular tourist area.

If I'd had more time I could easily have worked my way through some of the other ales, especially as I had secured an outdoor seat, but sadly it was not to be on this occasion.

I would definitely recommend a visit. Nice pub, good location, decent pint, friendly service.
RealAleRobUK - 12 Jul 2014 13:33
1st of our ambleside tour. Black Sheep had run out. 20 mins to change a barrell, so an ok pint of bombardier. No food on an evening. An underwhelming experience to be honest.
Mappiman - 3 Feb 2012 20:42
This pub is like a tardis in reverse as it is a lot smaller on the inside. Sustantial list of hand pulls on offer, decent food at fair prices and efficient services. The only but, is that we were in on a Monday afternoon and less than a dozen people made the eating area almost cramped. The owners needs to look at the way this pub is set up. The outside area would be a feature draw in the summer months though, and perhaps that is when this place rakes in the dosh.
FARUPNORTH - 21 Nov 2011 12:35

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