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Rules Restaurant

#558 of 17,732 Restaurants in London
#609 of 18,657 Places to Eat in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
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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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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
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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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
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I was encouraged by a friend to try the rib beef, a shared meal priced at about £35 each. This didn't disappoint although it was far too much for two people! We started with the guiness in the silver tankard (for his lordship) and a glass of champagne for myself. We were celebrating so this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I was encouraged by a friend to try the rib beef, a shared meal priced at about £35 each. This didn't disappoint although it was far too much for two people! We started with the guiness in the silver tankard (for his lordship) and a glass of champagne for myself. We were celebrating so this isn't a regular thing. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We have dined here several times. Always good service with a selection of "classic" English dishes. The lamb and venison are very good and if you come in the fall you can get the "hunting season" meals. Reservations are recommended. We did ours online since the previous trip to London they were booked solid.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Service was great and that was about all. I ordered the beef with Yorkshire pudding. The meat was a little difficult to cut (it was thin! too), had decent flavor but the Yorkshire pudding not eatable. If we were not being treated, I would have sent it back and asked for something else. The desserts were excellent. We split the... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

If you like traditional British food and game this place is a must. It's not cheep, but good food never is. The setting drips in history and the service attentive, but not over the top. I'm looking forward to my next excuse to go!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I lovely old English restaurant with excellent English food. The service to accompany these fine dishes is polite and efficient, the atmosphere refined. The buildings worth a visit in its own right!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Since it was my first time in London I wanted to dine in a real British restaurant. First the location of the restaurant is great as its close to many attractions, the ambiance is comfortable and relaxing, but when they sat us down instead of welcoming us they reminded us that our table was reserved by another family by 7:30... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We had a very nice meal at Rules. The staff is lovely and very attentive. Food is very good, quite traditional, but cooked with great products. The restaurant itself is very nice, with paintings and drawings representing the British history. You can imagine what it was like 100 or 200 years ago. The menu is quite limited, but the quality... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This has just become one of my favourite restaurants in London. A superb menu with lots of game on it, friendly and knowledgeable waiting staff and a lot of fun. It also has a "pudding menu" with classics on it - quintessentially British. Make sure that you book well in advance though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

I have been frequenting this restaurant since many years and,every single time I travel to London,I make it a point to have at least one dinner at Rules,one of my favorite restaurants in the British capital Not only is it one of the oldest gastronomic establishments in the city,but it is also one where one truly still feels enveloped in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

My partner and I are Sunday lunch there and it was awesome!! I had wild grouse...I loved every piece!!! The service was impeccable too!!

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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 36

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Romantic

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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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 by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


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