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Rules Restaurant

#540 of 17,571 Restaurants in London
#590 of 18,495 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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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
Classic British - Upscale Fun with Kids

Enjoyed a fun evening at Rules. Definitely good opportunity to reinforce restaurant rules with the children. We enjoyed the long history of the restaurant and the atmosphere today. The food was good - standouts included the oysters, veal and morel pie, duck breast with gooseberries, but we did... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed a fun evening at Rules. Definitely good opportunity to reinforce restaurant rules with the children. We enjoyed the long history of the restaurant and the atmosphere today. The food was good - standouts included the oysters, veal and morel pie, duck breast with gooseberries, but we did not like (even a little) the potted shrimp ("not to my taste"... More 

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Saline, MI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

As a Downton Abbey fanatic, this restaurant was a must for me since the Crawleys have dined here in a few episodes, and my husband indulged me. Rules didn’t disappoint. Justifiably proud of being the oldest restaurant in London and not having changed their decor in 100 years, the staff literally takes the guest back in time. And the staff... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The long history of the oldest Restaurant in London shows in the elegance of the Rooms , the excellent British dishes and the well trained and attentive staff. It started as an oyster Bar so I started with British oysters , and they were as good as the Frensh Belons , the main dish was roast beef Rib, shared with... More 

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Lake Arrowhead, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I would have given this restaurant 5 stars, but for the maitre d's haughty attitude and rudeness. We made our reservation on line 6 weeks prior, and when we arrived, we were told that the table would need to be freed up in 2 hours. We had an outstanding meal, and would have loved to end it with dessert and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

My first meal in Londons oldest restaurant. Lovely ambience with real character. Great client lunch, excellent food, I had the beetroot salad followed by roasted cod and my client had the rabbits leg. Food was all well presented, flavours blended nicely. My only complaint was the disinterest of the serving staff. I hate it in top class restaurants when the... More 

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Wayne, New Jersey, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The atmosphere was pleasant - evoking the old world British charm you would expect from London's oldest restaurant. However, it absolutely was not worth the money. The food was good, not great. My duck arrived warm,not hot. Our waiter was pleasant but seemed to be frazzled by the demands placed upon him - perhaps too many tables? My advice, go... More 

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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Beautiful restaurant, the gallery on the website doesn't do it justice. Lots of pictures and curios to look at. The waiting staff are great, helpful and knowledgeable. The food was amazing. Spiced quail to start, on aubergine puree and pomegranate which was beautifully seasoned, succulent and a lovely mix of flavour. I did fall in love with the Steak and... More 

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Basildon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

a superb restaurant excellent for game dishes having their own estate .A unique dining experience ,marvellous pre theatre deals ,best not to order by price ,I Have seen people recoil at the aroma from jugged hare although for the connoisseur delicious

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

As the oldest restaurant in London this establishment oozes charm and history. The staff where extremely attentive and friendly and the food itself was excellent. Highly recommend visiting, booking a table recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I always enjoy Our lunches at Rules restaurant because the Food is tasty and good portions, but what I like best With Rules is the really excellent service! As London's oldest restaurant it has lots of old atmosphere in the air and on the walls.

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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>  > Covent Garden
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 36

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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: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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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