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Rules Restaurant

35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England (Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square)
(020) 78365314
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Ranked #466 of 17,442 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $36
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Neighborhood: Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square
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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
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

This restaurant is the best I have ever visited, every attention to detail has been made and the food is perfectly cooked every time. There is nothing that should stop you from dining at this restaurant full of pure English luxury.

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London
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145 reviews 145 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We have eaten here many times and it is a very old restaurant with a traditional atmosphere especially at Christmas when it is decorated with lots of festive garlands and baubles. When we arrived, slightly early we were directed to the cocktail bar upstairs but we didn't have a drink as they didn't serve beer or a pina colada which... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Where else are you warned you might get a mouth full of buckshot in your meat? And don't skip dessert!

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Cali, Colombia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

One of my Favourite restaurants in London. This is a high end restaurant in every way. I guess that why it’s the Oldest Restaurant in London. The menu is as English as can be, all products being sourced in the UK. Rabbit, Grouse, Pheasant, Venison, Beef, Veg, Potato’s, the lot - it’s defiantly one for the carnivore. The waiting staff... More

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Waddesdon, United Kingdom
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363 reviews 363 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

I went with my friends and my wife on a tuesday afternoon booking in at 5pm…! We were told that the table was ours until 7pm This was fine, But the service was just so haphazard and slow we missed pudding and coffee completely because our main course plates were left in front of us for 15 minutes. which took... More

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

There's no denying the attractive atmosphere of this restaurant which lives up to it's reputation in that respect. Unfortunately it disappointed in other ways. Four of us had a late lunch booking at 2.30 and we were told we would have to vacate the table by 5.30. We thought 3 hours would be more than sufficient, and it would have... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

This place cannot be faulted Great history food and service Visited London for some business and popped in for lunch Left 3 hours later very content

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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Go in and expect a friendly welcome, questionable yet brilliant décor, great cocktails, excellent service and absolutely no pretension or snobbery. Expect to pay a little more than you normally might but know that you are getting a great setting, great service and great food. It's not pull-your-pants down expensive by any means, it's just 'fair', and entirely worth it.... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

An excellent meal in wonderful surroundings. Rather pricey but great for a special celebration. We would highly recommend the restaurant and will return one day.

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Vilagarcia de Arousa, Spain
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Excellent atmosphere in this truly English restaurant, they say it is the oldest restaurant in the city, where you can have some realEnglish dishes. Whatever you ask for, do not miss the steak & kindney pie !!

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Additional Information about Rules Restaurant

Address: 35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
Phone Number: (020) 78365314
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 36

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