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Rules Restaurant

#535 of 17,540 Restaurants in London
#583 of 18,464 Places to Eat in London
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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, 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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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Melbourne, Australia
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I spend about 2 months a year in London. I checked this restaurant out due to such raving reviews. The atmosphere was great (but lots of tourist) and the service was fine. However, the food I found was just average. I enjoy British style food but the different entrees we had just lacked much flavor. I have had much better... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Rules claims to be the oldest continuously running restaurant in London and i can see why. It still has it's charms, you walk in and it feels like you have walked back into the 1920s. There is something glamorous about eating here. Rules specializes in game, this is about as far away from vegetarian country as you get. I tried... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

As London's oldest restaurant, we were very fortunate to get a reservation at this cool and classic place! Greeted by a doorman, you immediate walk into a room filled with old memorabilia, photographs, and cartoons, logging various English events and styles. There was a wide variety on the menu, making it hard to choose. Our party ordered a few pies,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Everything about Rules was off. The staff, though lovely, were uncomfortably over dressed and the experience was forced for tourists. Worst of all, the scallop and shrimp dish I had arrived lifeless and was too horrible to finish more than a bite or two. (Note: I have never done this at a restaurant nor was I feeling ill.) It was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Rules is the oldest, and to my mind, the best restaurant in London. The atmosphere, service, and food are exceptional. Farm-raised game a treat. Guinea was great, pheasant lovely. Servers offer good advice. Book far in advance on website.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

As one enters this restaurant you are immediately enveloped with an old world charm of fine English atmosphere. No matter where you sit, one is surrounded with warm memorability of drawings, paintings and cartoons adorning timbered walls. The best is yet to come with starters of genuine English beer and a menu fit for English Royalty. Our party could not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

My wife and I have visited Rules on many occasions over the years and it remains a very special place for us to visit whenever we have an "occasion" to celebrate. We booked a lunch for our 20th Anniversary in June 2015 and, as usual, it didn't disappoint. The service is always superb, unobtrusive and of a very high standard.... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Started upstairs with cocktails prepared by Adam and migrated downstairs for a lovely dinner of oysters, rib of beef for two, yorkshire pudding, amazing potatoes boulangere and creamed spinach. Sticky toffee pudding for dessert! Sat next to the "Downton Abbey" and "James Bond" tables. Fun! Loads of history on the walls. It's a splurge but worth doing while in London.

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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: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Doing business

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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