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Rules Restaurant

35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England (Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square)
(020) 78365314
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Ranked #397 of 17,150 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $36
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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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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Allowed in by gentleman in top hat/tails despite wearing jeans. Wanted to try oldest restaurant in London and not disappointed by the quality. We had grouse which was superb. Would recommend for that special occasion.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The service was excellent and the food was fantastic. The staff was very kind to the children who asked many questions about the food to try something "authentic: We were on our way to a show and they made sure to get us out on time without feeling rushed.

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Toronto, Canada
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

- We made reservations well in advance and they made us wait (even though it was 10pm and they knew we were coming) and then put us right next to the washroom in a corner despite a few other empty tables we saw. This could be because of what we were wearing (a tank top and jean skirt and my... More

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London, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

The service is excellent and very gracious and old fashioned. The menus of cocktails, wine and food are all very good, and all frequently change. During the winter the range of game available on the menu is superb- though grouse always seems to sell out fast, so if you think you might fancy it call ahead and reserve one! The... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The first floor bar is great for pre dinner drinks or just meeting friends. It's a traditional place, very quiet ideal to meet old friends to enjoy wine and cocktails.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I loved my Bellini to start and the waiter was quite superb. I was visiting with an old work colleague and we were pleased to take the waiter's advice on ordering. My fish main course was excellent and I would never have ordered the sponge pudding and custard ordinarily but on the basis of the waiter's recommendation did so -... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Treated by my sister who eats here fairly often. Cocktails upstairs first - so,e I had not heard of but very well and professionally presented. Some wonderful food on offer but my sister and I went for the steak puddingss and chips - cooked just lie Gran's! The boys went for roast beef and all the trimmings - they said... More

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Toronto, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Our family visited the restaurant on our last day in London! since Rules is the oldest restaurant in London famous for game cookery, oyster, pies and puddings. We sample the Braised leg of rabbit, Rib of Beef for two, Butler steak and steamed Steak and kidney pie. The conclusion : I should stick with Beef only. It is tender and... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

We went for lunch today and had a lovely time. The service can't be faulted, from the minute you arrive when the door is opened by a uniformed door man, to the waiting staff you are treated exceptionally well. It felt like we had stepped back in time. The food was well cooked but a bit too heavy and traditional... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

A restaurant with this reputation, on service for so long and still serving so nice, friendly and good is an amazing outstanding example! the food was made to perfection, (i'm not a chef, just got some knowledge) simple in the best way of simple, we had beef, spinach and potatoes. The sauce was perfectly balanced, the beef just perfect. The... More

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