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The Morning Advertiser have announced The Golden Rule, situated in Ambleside, Cumbria, has been named the best pub to rest weary legs in by outdoor retailer Mountain Warehouse.

Exterior of the Golden Rule pub, Ambleside

The grade II-listed pub located in the Lake District - purchased by Robinsons in 1982 - takes the 2019 crown after being nominated by a nearby branch of outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Mountain Warehouse, before winning a public vote against 11 other regional finalists.

The Golden Rule strolled to a record-breaking tally to win this year’s top prize ahead of an environmentally friendly pub in Bridport, Dorset; a Scottish brewery-inspired watering hole; a pink pub in Wales; and several sites with impressive nearby walking routes. As well as taking the honour of the ‘Britain’s Best Post-Walk Pint’ from 2018 winner – the Ben Nevis Inn in Fort William in the Scottish Highlands – the Golden Rule will receive an engraved tankard and a £500 bar tab to share celebratory drinks with its regulars.

Run by licensees Margaret and John Lockley for 39 years, the Golden Rule is a popular post-walk retreat for ramblers embarking on The Coffin Route – taking walkers from Ambleside to Grasmere and back in a day, past views of Grasmere waters and the picturesque surrounding fells of Loughrigg.

Boasting an extensive range of cask beers, draught lagers, ciders, fine wines and whiskies, the Golden Rule prides itself on being ‘free from distraction’ – with the hidden gem boasting no background music, no noisy games machines and no big screen televisions.

We are all delighted to win this prestigious award”, the Golden Rule’s Manager John Wrennall said. “Thank you to all our friends and customers from far and wide for supporting us, and finally a special thanks to all of our staff for the enthusiasm they always show.”

Mountain Warehouse founder Mark Neale added: “It’s a pleasure to announce that a pub in Ambleside has won our coveted title of ‘Britain’s Best Post-Walk Pint’ for 2019.

“The Lake District feels like a spiritual home for us because, not only do we have seven stores in the area, this wonderful part of the world represents what we are all about; enjoying the British countryside and getting outdoors.

“I always love visiting our stores in the Lake District and I look forward to popping into the Golden Rule for a pint on my next visit, which is very much overdue.”

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