The Grade II-listed pub in the Lake District 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 a celebratory drink with its regulars.
Run by owners 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 Robinsons pub boasting no background music, no noisy games machines, no big screen televisions and no meals according to its website.
“We are all delighted at winning this prestigious award,” the Golden Rule’s manager John Wrennall said. “Thank you to all of 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.”
Scotland – St Andrews Brewing Co South Street, St Andrews, Fife
Northern Ireland – O’Hares at Hugh McCanns, Newcastle, County Down
Wales – The Coach & Horses, Powys
North-east – The Golden Lion, Osmotherley, North Yorkshire
Yorkshire & The Humber – The Marine Hotel, Hornsea, East Yorkshire
East England – The Maybush, Waldringfield, Suffolk
East Midlands – The Red Lion, Bakewell, Derbyshire
West Midlands – The Nags Head, Malvern, Worcestershire
Greater London – The Roebuck, Richmond, south-west London
South-west – The Anchor Inn, Bridport, Dorset
South-east – The Huntsman, Eridge, East Sussex
Winner: North-west – The Golden Rule, Ambleside, Cumbria