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Rules Restaurant

35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England (Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square)
(020) 78365314
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Ranked #451 of 17,294 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $36
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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

The first time I had dined at the Rukes was exactly 20 years ago. It was excellent and I had visited there 3 straight years in a row. Recently I have been visiting London more frequently in the last 3 years and each time I dine there. Tonight I had game food and there was a bitter taste on the... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The service is impeccable and the decor infused with an old world charm, almost like a Victorian manor. The food was tantalizingly delicious and beautifully presented, such a treat to enjoy. Even the toilets have a touch of luxury.

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Morristown, New Jersey, USA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Visited Rules twenty-five years ago and if anything it looks better today. A true London experience. The menu is long on wild game but I just stuck to my favorite - roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. Every course was well prepared and delicious. The service was well paced for me - leisurely, but that's what I wanted - an extended... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

It's the oldest restaurant in London and the menu lives up to that claim. Even if you don't like game, there are some good choices. The service isn't great and you're packed in tight, but it's a very good experience overall.

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Washington, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

The restaurant has the old world charm you would expect from London's oldest restaurant. We found the food to be pretty average. Husband had the grouse and they don't lie when they warn you on the menu about wild game dishes possibly containing lead buckshot. My husband came away with two BBs. Needless to say, chew slowly!

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Dublin, Ireland
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

I knew nothing of this restaurant until brought to dinner there post theatre. One is immediately struck by the old-fashioned decor as if one has stepped into a grand country house at dinner time. The decor is sumptuous and redolent of hunting, shooting and fishing. The food was a delight, elegantly presented and piping hot. I have eaten a lot... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Went 30 years ago for special family event and was so impressed we promised we would return. Duly did this for another special occasion with my wife and we were really looking forward to the evening. First of all you have to book at least a week in advance otherwise you can only get a table to eat at 10.00pm!... More

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73 reviews 73 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

When and where have you last tasted Quince with Mackerel, Smoked Eel, Pig's Cheek, or Black Pudding, perhaps Haggis or Bubble and Squeek? These are only some of the treats at this traditional London restaurant which boasts a long history and an interesting past. It has always been famous for traditional English food: classic game cookery, oysters, pies and puddings.... More

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Toronto, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is old world London. Feels Iike a club from yesteryear. Service was excellent. We came for the game. Had the grouse - slightly overcooked but tasty. We would give it a 3 for the food, a 5 for the service and the ambience, overall averaging to a 4. Nice wine menu. A very neat dining experience. Well worthwhile. Oh,... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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45 reviews 45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW

I had heard about Rules for years and vowed that one day I would have dinner there. My wife and I are both avid carnivores and we enjoy traditional English cuisine. But what a let-down we were in for. Our reservations were for 7:30 on a Monday evening, and although our table was waiting for us when we arrived the... 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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