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Rules Restaurant

35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England (Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square)
(020) 78365314
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Ranked #434 of 17,250 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
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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
Neighborhood: Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Took my Dad and his wife out for a belated birthday treat and, having visited the Tower of London to see the Poppy exhibit in the glorious sunshine, followed by a glass of champagne in Covent Garden we walked to Rules for what we hoped would be a fabulous meal. We weren't disappointed. Upon arrival our coats/extra bags were placed... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

My husband and I decided to have a weekend in London and chose to have dinner in Rules on Saturday night and we were not disappointed. The décor in the restaurant is plush and opulent with a touch of the eccentric but the food is its real showstopper. We both had the soups which were delicious and full of flavour... More

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Middle England
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97 reviews 97 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

It's like stepping back into an olde world dining experience. This is the place for game - not just the usual pheasant and partridge, but most things that fly and walk in the woods. The set lunchtime seasonal menu was very good and well priced. Not for vegetarians! Recommended

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

My partner and I took my mum for a surprise 80th birthday treat. We started with cocktails upstairs , what can I say delicious. Then we got shown to our table , the food was what we expected old fashioned English style, starting with Oysters then rounding off with a yummy treacle pudding and sticky toffee pudding the best we... More

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Bergerac, France
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I have been fortunate enough to dine in a number of good restaurants in London but this is just an experience I will keep with me always. It is a time warp back to an age where service was absolutely paramount. The Waiters are attentive without being false or over the top. This is very formal dining and if that... More

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We didn't have the best table, but the service and food were excellent. We'd phoned to confirm the day before and had mentioned one of our party was a vegetarian. They had noted this and produced the vegetarian menu without us having to ask. We'll definitely return - It's expensive but thoroughly enjoyable.

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St Michaels
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The oldest restaurant in London and the menu is full of the kind of British food that suggests plus a wonderful assortment of game dishes. We enjoyed the traditional English beef dinner with a marvelous crab salad appetizer. Great wait staff. Excellent and well priced wine list. Rules is now on our visit whenever we return. Awfully nice to be... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

One of the best traditional restaurants in London. It's good to go to in the winter and at Christmas time, would recommend the roast beef.

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United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We booked this restaurant because we had never been there before and our friends over from the USA had wanted a restaurant near to Covent Garden. We were there for Saturday lunch and although not very busy, it was busy enough to make a good atmosphere. We enjoyed cocktails in the upstairs bar, which was good on a sunny, warm... More

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Hovik, Norway
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93 reviews 93 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

What a restaurant! We went there after the Billie Elliot musical to top off a beautiful musical with a very good restaurant. We were not disappointed. The restaurant itself is beautiful inside, established 1798, being the oldest restaulrant in London gives a beautiful patina to the restaurant. A perfect staff takes care of you like you expect and gives you... 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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