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Rules Restaurant

35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England (Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square)
(020) 78365314
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Ranked #446 of 17,944 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $36
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Covent Garden
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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
Winchester, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was recommended by American Express and whilst it was no doubt the oldest restaurant in London in the middle of Covent garden, it certainly is not a place I would recommend to anyone to frequent. If you are a local businessman and known to the management I am sure that the service is better, but for a theatre-goer... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

What more can I say about this restaurant than has been said by others. My wife and I were there for a special pre-Christmas dinner. Every detail was taken care of. Exceptional food and service. The historic surroundings are remarkable. This is a "must visit" place every one of my London visits.

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London, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Rules never fails to deliver the goods! The food is always fantastic and the staff extremely professional. The steak and kidney pie is particularly brilliant- but then again, everything on the menu is brilliant

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essex, uk
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

This is a fantastic London gem. The oldest restaurant in town, oozes atmosphere, history and this special feeling of being the centre of attentio. We have been several times and have had some lovely experiences regarding the food, always top quality. The service is exquisite. We are loving it. Do yourself the favor of having the Rules ocktail to start... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

When a table for 2 for lunch was booked 2 weeks prior, was informed that we could be fitted in but had to leave after 2 hours. On arriving at the Restaurant we were immediately reminded that we had to finish our lunch and leave by 2:30pm (2 hours) by the "greeter" of the Restaurant! NOT a very welcoming reception... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

I can't remember how long this restaurant has been a the top of my top ten list, the food is fantastic, the atmosphere is excellent, and the decoration is perfect. the wine list is excellent and the staff just great. the food is a delight and is always excellent making this the perfect place to take a guest. I can't... More 

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161 reviews 161 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

A nice experience with historical significance. The food was good but not great. Expensive yes, service very average. English proper all around and formal, but no dress code. A mix of suits and jeans. Personality missing, not formalities.

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40 reviews 40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Walk pass this restaurant many times and finally dined here last week and I'm so pleased we did it was absolutely top draw,had the crab salad followed by the venison it was fantastic but I must say the service was truly top draw .we will certainly be going back, the Christmas decorations looked great to.

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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

We got married late afternoon and went to Rules for Supper. Fantastic meal, great service. It made our special day even more special. Thank you

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We had a fantastic lunch at Rules. The restaurant was tastefully decorated for Christmas. The restaurant was very busy, but that did not affect the service we received. The menu is very traditional, but I chose something a little different in the pheasant curry - absolutely delicious. The crab starter was fantastic.It deserves its reputation. It was a great pleasure... More 

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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 - 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
Average Prices: USD 0 - 36

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