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35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England (Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square)
(020) 78365314
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Ranked #418 of 18,124 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $36
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Covent Garden
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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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English first
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79 reviews 79 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I had lunch at Rules over Christmas with a couple of friends. Starting from the entrance with the man on the door dressed in an ye olde world uniform (see the website homepage) then the fantastically designed interior, a very old traditional setting and then the service, which is impeccable, you know you are in for a meal of a... More 

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Bugibba, Malta
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We had reserved our table at 20.45, however we had arrived early,about 20.00. We were greeted wonderfully and we were immediately seated. The restaurants decor is amazing! We had this Italian waiter who was very friendly and helped with what food choice. The food was amazing, the meat was so tender and the dessert was also amazing. However, be noted... More 

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Bamberg, Germany
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

This is the oldest restaurant in London, and the atmosphere and menu makes for a cool experience. Lots of game, fish and chips, soups, and classic English meals. It was pretty expensive but I would go back. Everything was fresh and delicious.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This was a WOW! Doorman greets every person and has to let you in the door. Servers were very friendly, shared some of the history, bar tender makes good drinks, Lot of history on the walls.

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Berkshire, England
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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We revisited Rules and found the quality just as good as our last visit. The pig's cheek was delicious as I am told was the pheasant curry. Service was good and we were not rushed - all in all a very enjoyable meal. We will return when we are next in London

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Our party of 7 eagerly awaited our lunchtime visit and we were not disappointed. We were greeted quickly and warmly and shown to our table by our waiter who was helpful and smiling throughout our meal. The starters were very good but some seemed a bit pricey. However the rib of beef was excellent and although the girls enjoyed the... More 

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

We had been looking forward to dining at Rules for a long time, rushed home from work on a Friday evening to get the train for our 6.30pm table, unfortunately trains were delayed & we arrived 30mins late (we rang to let the restaurant know!!!) but they could not resist to tell us off on arrival, & at 65 &... More 

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Surrey, England
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Went for dinner a on the 30th December. Not the warmest of welcomes to start. Had to ask 3 times for our bottle of wine which eventually came after our starter. I ordered the Game Mulligatawny soup which was really disappointing, more of a bland Consommé. I didn't complain as l had nothing to compare it to until it was... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We have been meaning to go to Rules for some time as we are so pleased we finally made it. I had feared the food may be a bit boring but I need not have worried the food was delicious and cooked to perfection and the service excellent. The male diners loved their Fullers beer in silver tankards ( and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This was my first time visiting Rules and the experience was fantastic and the atmosphere was vibrant despite my wife and I dining at 5:00pm for pre-theatre dinner. On our arrival the Maître d asked to check if we had a theatre booking, just to make sure that we were served in a timely manner, which we were. The dining... 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 - 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 0 - 36

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