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Rules Restaurant

#448 of 18,317 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Covent Garden
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35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
(020) 78365314
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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Established by Thomas Rule in 1798, Rules is a Covent Garden institution...
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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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night
Dessert

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  • 77
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  • 48
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Business Dinner

My second dinner at Rules, and it was just as good second time round. Lovely hearty English fare with a great selection of meat and pies for main course. My veal and morel pie was delicious and after pudding, then Stilton to mop up the red wine you had to roll the four of us out the door. All... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Nick H
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London, United Kingdom
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

My second dinner at Rules, and it was just as good second time round. Lovely hearty English fare with a great selection of meat and pies for main course. My veal and morel pie was delicious and after pudding, then Stilton to mop up the red wine you had to roll the four of us out the door. All very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Fine restaurant with good Old English menu delivered perfectly. Friendly yet unobtrusive and professional staff make you feel valued as a customer. Had a leisurely three course business lunch for two with wine which came to 170 pounds. One sitting so did not feel rushed at all. I am planning to return as soon as possible with my family, using... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We were a party of 4, two couples. This was my first visit. The decor and atmosphere are very pleasant. Small touches; silver tankard for a beer very nice. The food however was fine, o.k. and other platitudes you could wish to use. At £100 per head with only 1 bottle of wine and a few drinks the food should... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Its an interesting place and being Londons oldest always sells a story. I feel the experience was different on my last visit though and unfortunately the service has suffered significantly. The food is ok but I read another review and they hit the nail when saying its good but certainly doesn't blow you away. The price per head is still... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We had a lovely meal and an even better bottle of Burgundy. It's not cheap but I have very rarely eaten and drunk finer offerings. The waiter was great, cheerful and helpful suggesting we did not need to order extra side dishes and he was right. A first class experience and a trip back to a time when fast food... More 

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187 restaurant reviews
1,837 helpful votes 1,837 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Rules a heritage restaurant still flourishes. It is the oldest restaurant in London and one of the most celebrated in the world. The atmosphere was nice and cosy and the staff very welcoming. I had a glass of red wine and the Peppered Venison Carpaccio for a starter. As a main dish I had the Braised Shoulder of Lamb which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Four of us travelled from Birmingham for lunch at Rules, beautifully decorated restaurant that doesn't disappoint in looks and history. had a two course lunch plus wine, prices are central London level so if you're looking for a cheap "all you can eat" don't go. The bill for lunch was £100 per head, thought the wine was a little enthusiastic... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

I love this place and go every year for my birthday and have been going for at least the last 7 years ....I go for the atmosphere of the place and food but certainly not the service ! I love the tradition of this place but do not like the 70s tradition of Faulty towers service ...it needs the old... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

My wife and I have been using Rules for over 20 years but our last visit was a disappointment. Not only was it expensive (£130.00 for two with a bottle of only adequate wine). The starters were excellent but my wife's mains pudding was stodgy and bland, my braised Shin uninteresting. Always a shame to leave a restaurant feeling you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

I was quite excited to finally eat here, having wanted to try it for some time. The atmosphere, décor, and service were excellent, and we did enjoy the overall experience. The food wasn't bad, in fact there was nothing really wrong with it, it just wasn't terribly good. For the price charged, it was distinctly average, and this would put... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighborhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: (020) 78365314

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 36

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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