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Rules Restaurant

#510 of 17,153 Restaurants in London
#551 of 18,033 Places to Eat in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
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, Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, 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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  • 87
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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
This would have gotten more stars if it wasn't so DANG expensive

My husband and I really enjoy food - and have no problem spending money on dinner. But, Rules, seriously?! Get with the program. $300 for a dinner for 2 is a little outrageous. Especially when you tout that you are 'affordable'. Regardless, the service was excellent, the food was delicious... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
EB K
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Wiesbaden, Germany
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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Wiesbaden, Germany
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86 reviews 86 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

My husband and I really enjoy food - and have no problem spending money on dinner. But, Rules, seriously?! Get with the program. $300 for a dinner for 2 is a little outrageous. Especially when you tout that you are 'affordable'. Regardless, the service was excellent, the food was delicious, and the area of town Rules is in has lots... More 

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Pevensey, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Great decor, high quality service and fantastic, brilliantly cooked traditional English food - even the Parisienne clients we took there loved it all!

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Bucks
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

My Husband & I visited Rules as my husband had in his youth (early 1970’s) been taken here a couple of times. He really wanted to return here to show me a great Restaurant. We had booked to go here for our Ruby Wedding Anniversary & had mentioned this on booking a table. Sadly nothing was said or done to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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171 reviews 171 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Very old world from a time long gone but brought back by Downton Abbey. Good food and service you couldn't fault. The menu is as you would expect traditional with lots of old favourites and the deserts even had sticky toffee pudding. The decoration is of the period and if you just want a drink the cocktail bar is worth... More 

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Girona
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52 reviews 52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

My second visit to Rules this year and every good as my first. Excellent food, excellent service - a knowledgable and charming waiter - and I could have spent all day looking at the paintings and sketches on the walls. Rules has gone to number one in our preferred places to eat in the most entertaining capital city in the... More 

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Sixpenny Handley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Arguably one of the best restaurants in town. I cannot fault Rules. Fairly expensive but you certainly get what you pay for. If you're after a proper restaurant, this is your place. There is a reason it has lasted for centuries.

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I had the huge privilege of being introduced to Rules by my Best Man on my stag night. Not your typical stag night destination I grant you but we were determined to have a particularly indulgent day and it fitted the bill nicely in that respect. That night I determined that it would also be the perfect place to take... More 

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Ware, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Had cocktails here Saturday night, cant beat the experience and setting, but be prepared to pay for it.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful place to eat near Covent Garden. Although its history is important, it focuses on the present, ensuring it always has a range of traditional British cuisine cooked in a modern way. Anything with Black Pudding is always good, as are the savoury pies and puddings. I can also recommend the game.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Husbands birthday so a treat for us Food was divine and service outstanding Expensive yes but as special occasionwell worth it

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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, Entertaining clients, Romantic

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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Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


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