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Rules Restaurant

35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England (Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square)
(020) 78365314
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Ranked #467 of 17,532 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Beautiful restaurant. Great food and friendly service. Christmas decorations were set up and i couldn't stop snapping photos. The dark wood, red seats, and elegant decorations gave this place such a cozy feel! I understand why they shot a scene of dowton abbey here. As Americans we felt like this was a very British experience.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

A very quirky interior and a warm welcome set us off to a good start in this lovely old restaurant. The unusual surroundings are matched by old fashioned English fare. Meat (and especially game) lovers will find lots of choice here. Not so much choice for vegetarians, luckily I also eat fish. The service was exceptional.

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Bragg Creek, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Great beef and the service was fabulous. Totally packed so reservations should be made. Loved it. Oldest privately owned restaurant in London so lots of history.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Having been recommended this historic restaurant a couple of years ago, we recently paid another visit with our son. Yet again the place,staff and food was first class. Not cheap but for a special occasion it is a real treat. This place is steeped in history and you must have a drink in the upstairs cocktail bar where Edward the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Third visit to Rules in as many years and we were a little disappointed with the food as it wasn't up to the same standard as on previous occasions. It was extremely busy on the night but this should not take from the quality. We had the Roast Crown of Wild Duck with pressed leg, creamed Savoy cabbage & quince... More

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Wintypoo
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

The staff at Rules are not what they used to be, poor customer skills. When I complained that my food was cold (Loch Duart Salmon) I was asked was I sure? when my repay was yes the server said "could you try again" at this point I was not in the mood to joke so asked to speak to a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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