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Rules Restaurant

#305 of 17,702 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Covent Garden
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35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
+44 20 7836 5314
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Rules is of course one of the oldest restaurants in London and is something of an icon. Just walking in there you feel like you are going back in time. However, in terms of efficiency and service they are up there with the best modern restaurants. Our waitress was amazingly attentive and quick. Even though she was serving many tables... More 

Thank Chris M
London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of London's finest if you like traditional food ...amazing quality but now eye wateringly expensive sadly ... however order another bloody mary to easy the bill pain :)

Thank Mark R
Colchester, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It had been several years since we had visited Rules, London's oldest restaurant. And we had forgotten what an experience it is! When it's on form it really is very difficult to beat. It's not a place for the faint-hearted. Very roomy, usually busy, extremely traditional and offering a menu which has 'gout' written all over it - not that... More 

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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I hadn't been for about 20 years, but this was simply one of the best all-round meals I've ever had. All courses were excellent with good wine to complement. The cheeseboard and port was superb. Our waitress was faultless and added to the great experience. Couldn't do it every week... but really memorable!

Thank Andrew M
London, United Kingdom
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258 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had lunch here on Sunday, my family had kept the venue an secret. From the moment we entered to the moment we left it felt comfortable and welcoming. We arrived a little early, we had a drink upstairs first until our table was ready. The restaurant very busy and staff all working flat out, but it was seamless and... More 

Thank Pennington32
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98 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went with 2 friends visiting from NYC and we were all very impressed. They don't have to rely on It's rich and charmingly visible history of being the oldest restaurant in London because their food is so excellent - all our appetizers and mains were excellent and we shared one dessert (a/k/a "pudding"). My monkfish wrapped in bacon was the... More 

Thank Andy L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Usually visit here at Christmas but hadn't been able to due to train strike. This was a birthday treat and it didn't disappoint. Wonderful Braised Lamb and Fruit crumble. Traditional decor, feels like you are back in time. Very memorable indeed. Our table was booked for 3.00 as we had a theatre visit in the evening. I love this place,... More 

Thank Jayne G
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Rules, the oldest restaurant in London, may well have been the watering-hole for the glitterati of the past (or even those of today), and one enters into a picture-plastered red velvet womb of a dining room which almost explodes with a theatrical evocation of Edwardiana as it possibly never was. The menu, too, being appropriately 'stout 'n steaky' with prime... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was private dining upstairs and a very good occasion it was too in the Graham Greene room. Champers to start followed by group pictures outside back to more bubbles before eventually sitting down to smoked salmon followed by roast beef. I should apologise for my tardy contribution as this was at the end of November and I only just... More 

Thank Nick D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great evening of excellent food. Wines and superbly prepared cocktails. What else can one say. ? Been around for a couple of hundred years. Ever since the period of George III A must see every few years. Hard to compete though with the new wave of restaurants that inhabit this city.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
European, British
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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: +44 20 7836 5314
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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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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