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Rules Restaurant

#541 of 18,005 Restaurants 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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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
Nice lunch with friends

We had arranged to have lunch with friends from London and Edinburgh, we are from Towcester, and choose Rules which turned out to be a good decision. The food was very varied and there was something for everyone and the quality was outstanding. The wine list was also very good but best of all was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

We had arranged to have lunch with friends from London and Edinburgh, we are from Towcester, and choose Rules which turned out to be a good decision. The food was very varied and there was something for everyone and the quality was outstanding. The wine list was also very good but best of all was the service. It is not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

My wife and I were finishing a couple of weeks in Spain with a few days in London and I was able to take her to Rules for a major birthday. To paraphrase an old football coach, it may not be in a "class" by itself but it don't take long to call the roll. This is my third opportunity... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Dined here after theatre visit. We all had the Sunday Roast Beef. Beautifully cooked and extremely tasty. The home made horse radish was coarse and creamy and very very delicious. We all thought it was good value for the quality of the meal £24.99 a head. Will definitely be going back. Nice comfortable restaurant with a relaxed ambience.Home made Sorbet... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This restaurant came recommended and I can see why. Atmosphere created by the decoration is very classic british and regal. We liked it very much. I had the dressed crab, followed by the rump steak and then the apple and quince crumble; all of the food was great. Presentation was very good and nothing disappointed. The only thing (as mentioned... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Visited Rules for a Birthday dinner as Dad had always wanted to dine in London's oldest restaurant. It offers a very relaxed environment with some great food which is very rich. The building is steeped in history and the staff are very professional. Whilst Oysters and Pies are their speciality, the Rib of Beef was amazing - I doubt I... More 

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Tamworth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

I have been to this restaurant a number of times now on my visits to London and it is consistently a wonderful experience. The food is always a delight, service at its best, the ambience the history the attention to detail I have never been disappointed. I would recommend a visit to anyone who wishes to be spoilt and unhurried.... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I would like to see this place on a night for dinner. Its a delightful restaurant set in a side street away from Covent Garden. Its decor is splendid and charming and has the Old London vintage and style it clearly wants to maintain. It goes without saying that most of the waiting staff are not English which does break... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We started our evening in the Rules Bar upstairs. It is such a pretty room. The Bar reminds me of Olde Establishment England. I highly recommend a drink in the bar before dinner. Our dinner was cooked perfectly. Our server was a bit grim, an off night for him. Oh well, everything else was superb. The atmosphere of this place... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We went on the busy Easter weekend so the service was a little slow but the food was lovely and good value for the quality. We will definitely return and would recommend; Staff all very nice.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

Having not been here for 15 years or so I thought I would try it again with a friend. My view is that it's trying to keep it's old values and traditional style but it felt tired and a little worn and lacking any enthusiasm. The food was enjoyable, I had oysters then shoulders of lamb, but the experience lacked... More 

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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 0 - 36

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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