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Rules Restaurant

35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
+44 20 7836 5314
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good24%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited here with some friends at lunchtime for a special occasion. From the doorman greeting to the old world surroundings it is very plush! It states that the food served is traditional and I would certainly agree with this. The starter course of crab on...More

1  Thank GerryGG
Reviewed 3 days ago

What's not to love about this place. From the moment you walk in until the moment you leave it is such a wonderful experience. The staff are all so attentive without being over bearing. Go upstairs first for a great cocktail. The decor is English...More

Thank Jacqueline E
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place has been around since 18 Century. The welcome is polite as is the service throughout. The decor is period, formal, lacking either warmth or charm. Tables are rather small and too close together. Toilet on first floor, no disabled access I could find....More

1  Thank paulG373RR
Reviewed 4 days ago

Traditional British food at its very best, service was impeccable, wine list is amazing, a venue for those special occasions as good food and excellent service does not come cheap, but what a memorable experience, will definitely visit when l am next in London

1  Thank Terry C
Reviewed 4 days ago

I think 45 minutes passed between ordering and receiving the grouse. But it was excellent. Gorgeous place too.

1  Thank Jurgen B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Went to Rules on October 30th to celebrate my partners birthday as we have done in the past. We had made a reservation and arrived on time (late lunchtime) we were shown to a tiny table tucked in a corner which had to be pulled...More

1  Thank Gregory E
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Just eaten here; service, atmosphere and food were all impeccable. I can highly recommend the breast of pheasant!

1  Thank kittykate83
Reviewed 5 days ago

We love this restaurant. Visit Rules every 2-3 years and not disappointed. Traditional British food with an emphasis on game. Excellent service and a good wine list. We enjoyed a drink in the lovely cocktail bar before the meal. My wife had the steak and...More

1  Thank Kevin W
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was our second visit and it did not dissapoint. The Staff are so friendly and efficient. and our Waiter was so helpful. We shared the Dressed Crab for a Starter as based on our previous visit we knew the portion sizes were generous. The...More

1  Thank Kentjag
Reviewed 5 days ago

This place is reported to be the oldest restaurant in England opening in 1798. The place oozes old world charm and it is cozy and perfect for dinner on a cold November night. Went with some friends - great cocktails to star (the Black velvet...More

1  Thank Sharon O
Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude
of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or
simply to be among the multitude of people who pass
through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking
up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around
Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the
opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters
here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated
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Justin B
22 May 2017|
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Response from Atpin | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest smart casual.
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Response from Jan Fredrik T | Reviewed this property |
The meats available changes seasonally. Check menu on web-site for information
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7836 5314
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Established by Thomas Rule in 1798, Rules is a Covent Garden institution and the oldest restaurant in London. Tuxedoed waiters glide around the formal interior, decorated with antique sketches, where plush banquettes offer a discreet retreat from the main dining room. The whole-hearted menu of traditional British food specialises in classic game cookery, oysters, pies and puddings, featuring game birds, roe deer and Belted Galloway beef fresh from the establishment's own High Pennines estate. The wine list is a French-led affair, or there are native draught beers served in silver tankards.
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