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Rules Restaurant

35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England (Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square)
(020) 78365314
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Ranked #445 of 17,211 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $36
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square
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.
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

When entering Rules one just has to admire the décor and the outstanding polite greeting as we were shown to the table. We did not book, but were lucky I guess as the restaurant was quite busy and we chanced it. We did not get a 'bad' table, as most walk-ins are offered, such as next to the entrance, or... More

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

If you like to eat somewhere that has been around for a couple of hundred years than this place is it. It has been visited by a lot of historical figures. Even though it is quite old, it doesn't have an old smell like some historical restaurants do. The décor is quite in keeping with its elegant past. The food... More

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Basildon, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Absolutely fabulous, traditional English food with a elegant period feel. The ambience is spot on the service is spectacular and the experience is one I would recommend to all. I went for lunch with my father and we shared a bottle of beautiful red wine which complemented our meals perfectly. We had such a good time and I will be... More

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I had been looking forward to this meal for longer than I can remember. Other half had raved on about it being the oldest, blah, blah, great food, blah, blah - so was thrilled to find out that he had booked it for us in June. We were sat up by the bar, which is the coolest part of the... More

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218 reviews 218 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We had an early dinner as we had a theatre booking, so wanted to give ourselves plenty of time. I am glad we did as you do need at least a couple of hours to savour the outstanding food and service. i rarely give 5/5, but Rules deserved it on every criteria. From the tankard of guinness and oysters to... More

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横浜市, 神奈川県
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I've been there with my colleagues to enjoy roast beef and we could do exactly. The atmosphere is nice and the service as well. I've visited another famous roast beef restaurant near from here but for me, I prefer here at this moment. I can recommend a monk fish disk too. It was very nice.

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Orange County, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Where do I start….OK – try this. Do not eat at Rules. That should say it all. Their reputation ended up being a very disappointing meal for my wife, sister and her husband. My sister’s husbands recommend this restaurant during our visit to London and after we shared our experience with him he bought us dinner back in Orange County... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

No wonder this was Churchill's favorite restaurant! Old- style white glove service, spectacular food and well- made cocktails. Excellent wine list. Perfect in every detail.

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

the atmosphere is wonderful, steeped in history, the foods is superb, excellent variety, serviced out of this world, very classy place, you pay for what you get, but no rushing, no hassle, take your time and the service is great

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I visited this restaurant and found it to be very disappointing. The waitress twice got the order wrong. I asked for minted new potatoes with my steak and kidney suet pudding and was served large chips instead. I asked for the new potatoes and was served up a collection of black wrinkled objects with a couple of roughly chopped mint... More

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