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Rules Restaurant

#511 of 17,052 Restaurants in London
#545 of 17,898 Places to Eat in London
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$$$
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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, 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
Step back in time for lunch

I have eaten here many times and always enjoyed the service, ambience and food. The restaurant decor is a spectacle giving the impression of dining perhaps in the 1900s. In fact, I'm sure the restaurant was used in an episode of Downton Abbey. The food is traditional and hearty. From Grouse to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
Barrie C
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 NEW

This is a good place to go for a traditional restaurant in London. It is all old style and it works since it is an old restaurant. WE took my 16 year old daughter and she thought it was cool and that was the point. Food was average, and the service was good.

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have eaten here many times and always enjoyed the service, ambience and food. The restaurant decor is a spectacle giving the impression of dining perhaps in the 1900s. In fact, I'm sure the restaurant was used in an episode of Downton Abbey. The food is traditional and hearty. From Grouse to roasts and meat pies and puddings, Oysters, Crab... More 

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Kent England
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

This was our first visit to Rules for a number of years,but it was nice to see nothing had changed.The Staff were excellent from the Doorman to the Reception,and our friendly Waiter.Often in high end Restaurants staff can be over- attentive ending being surrounded my Waiters.In Rules the atmosphere is both calm,and relaxed whilst at the same time being highly... More 

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Guernsey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

We went to Rules on Saturday 2nd May 2015 as a part of our 10th wedding anniversary trip to London. The restaurant decor and ambiance is wonderful I loved looking around the room at all the little details. The service was quite easily the best I have ever experienced in a restaurant! A cheeky cocktail for me and my husbands... More 

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Wellington, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed an outstanding Sunday meal at this lovely restaurant. Faultless in every way, Wonderful atmosphere in the heart of theatre land exceptional menu and terrific style.

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Dallas, TX
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51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

The food at Rules is good, and the portions are quite large. The service is outstanding! Take time to looks at the walls in the restaurant as it's a fun history lesson by itself.

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Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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64 reviews 64 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

Upstairs form the Rules restaurant off Covent Garden is the Rules bar. Nice london atmosphere in an old setting. What would have been tripadvisor review from Lilly Langtree - probably a century ago! Good friendly service.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Not the first time I have visited and each time has been just as good. The food is very traditional English I had the Cornish cod in a lentil and mushroom sauce with some of the best chips I have ever had. My friend had the roast leg of lamb with seasonal veg, having been before we both skipped the... More 

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Bucharest
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

the food is great and the waiter makes the best recommendations; you get some great details about what is best to eat and the story behind,what is most popular and what is local

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Historically famous. But definitely worth a visit. Not cheap but nowhere near expensive compared to a lot of London places. Great food, great atmosphere, great service.

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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, 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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