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Rules Restaurant

#311 of 17,833 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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148 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Service was not up to par this time. Less experienced staff who did not make us feel particularly special despite regular custom. Food good but not great.

Thank Keith Makepeace
Worminghall, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were here for a business lunch, great atmosphere, lovely character, excellent service and great food, could really ask for much more

Thank Carl M
Tel Aviv, Israel
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56 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A business dinner for our American friends. Wow the food was amazing but let's start with the restaurant, beautiful old building with class and style, a nice bar on the 1st floor. The menu had a lot of choices and the food was excellent, cocktails were exceptional. Dessert was classic British best, I loved it all and so did our... More 

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Came here for a business lunch and had the steak and kidney pudding (my favourite) washed down by a coupe of glasses of the house red. All very civilised.

Thank raffles7
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We've been to Rules on various occasions for years, but always for dinner with friends as a special thing and never really considering taking our kids, probably subconsciously thinking that it was somewhat to formal. We were down in London this week at half term and our 2 kids (aged 8 and 10) asked me about it when we walked... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I came here with my partner for a Valentine's meal. From the moment I stepped inside to the moment we lefted I can honestly say it was outstanding! The food was amazing, I would definitely recommend the Venison Shank. The wine was flowing, the atmosphere was good. I was slightly worried because we had a late booking but this made... More 

Thank SElondon_tash
Newquay, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited London and were told that this was a must visit venue. We didn't book a table but when we arrived the staff were very accommodating and seated us in a very characteristic restaurant. The staff were very attentive and the atmosphere was nice. We opted for the specials on the menu and it was served very nicely. The... More 

Thank Sean H
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

You can have WoodCock here. And pheasant. And Rabbit in béchamel sauce. All the old English recipes, from the times when the English were known for their cooking. And old English desserts to die for. Combine this as a pretty-theatre dinner and you are made to go. Excellent service by waiters in long black pinafores. Consistently excellent over decades.

Thank Knight0fMalta
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The service, drinks and food are exemplary and there is nowhere more historic to eat. Don't forget the amazing bar upstairs. Get your best cocktail dress / suit on and enjoy a night experiencing how the other half live - the best place to go for a night to remember! The only problem is, nowhere else can live up to... More 

London, United Kingdom
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139 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had lunch here today with friends for a birthday celebration . The restaurant is charming and whilst the menu is relatively small all is excellent . Specialising is quintessentially British food , none of could fault anything ( though a little more seasoning in my game soup wouldn't have gone amiss). I had an awfully good steak and kidney pie... More 

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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
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Covent Garden

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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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