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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

We are so rushed these days that going to eat where you are served in a traditional 3-course (4 if you want dessert) meal seems to be going by the wayside. We popped in for lunch, unplanned, in the middle of a rather lengthy day...More

Thank pitufo00
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Rules came highly recommended as a long standing British restaurant. As other reviewers mentioned, it's about the game - venison stroganoff was not available so my date opted for the grouse. Could even see the fine hair on the legs. Now that's authentic. The rest...More

1  Thank ccwriter16
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Rules is a quintessentially British restaurant in the heart of London. The atmosphere in the restaurant is second to none and it offers a great feeling of days gone by. The menu is varied and includes dishes sourced from the restaurant's own heard of cattle....More

1  Thank Andrew W
Reviewed 6 days ago

We dined at rules in the end of August. We were a table of 4. Upon being seated, the host informed us that we had the table for 2 hours. This made us feel somewhat rushed. We were given menus. It took almost 15 minutes...More

1  Thank ElizabethS21
Reviewed 1 week ago

London's oldest restaurant. Traditional British food, excellent game. Good and polite service. Special surroundings. Must try, must eat, must experience.

1  Thank 132JonAms
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely restaurant but service very poor and staff rude. We were a party of 8 just for drinks, after taking our order, serving our drinks we were then informed we needed to leave as they only allow parties of 6 for drinks!!!! The bill came...More

3  Thank Golferaj1
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch mid week. The first thing you notice from entering Rules is real class without trying. The decor is authentic and not faux old world. The service was first class attentive without being over baring and rushed. The menu again is of the...More

1  Thank silkmill
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to Rule's for dinner. The restaurant claims to be the oldest restaurant in London, established on the late 1700's. We ordered pork belly and black pudding which was extra ordinary and the steak for 2. I believe that for their serving and the...More

1  Thank D K
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is probably one of the best restaurants in the world. The food and service are both second to none and I was thoroughly impressed with the staff who are extremely attentive. Will definitely visit again!

1  Thank bigreviewer2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very traditional British fare as you would expect. We ate 2 of each variety of Oyster's and smoked salmon to start with, all very nice. Salmon was rather straight forward, smoked salmon and some toast. But nice enough. Wine selection was excellent, as was the...More

1  Thank isaac r
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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
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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
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Average prices
USD 36
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
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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