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Rules Restaurant

#316 of 17,575 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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Dorset, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Four of us booked ( compulsory!) a table for evening dinner - for an early family Christmas celebration. As expected on arrival at 5.30, the restaurant was already busy. Location being near Covent Garden, clearly very popular with both locals & tourists. We were warmly received & taken straight to our table. Three of the party had never been before... More 

Thank oioiSAVLOY
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

What's not to like? The menu is wide-ranging and good solid English fare. Much better in the winter when game is at its prime and there is a great range. The loin of hare was particularly good. The wine list has sufficient choice to suit the most discerning palate and isn't outrageously expensive. The service was tip-top. Attentive yet unobtrusive... More 

Thank Stephen R
East Sussex, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Rules has been my favourite London restaurant for years but a recent visit proved disappointing. The atmosphere and traditional style were as enjoyable as ever but the food was unworthy of the restaurants reputation and the service was unsmiling and slow. Come on, Rules - your fans deserve better.

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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93 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We ate here on Thanksgiving and, to our surprise, they were offering a turkey with stuffing special. We had that and the partridge. Both were well prepared and very flavorful, although the partridge may have been a touch over-cooked. The place was already decorated for the Christmas holiday and was very festive. The service, however, could have been better. While... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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142 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went for lunch on a Saturday, booked in advance. Loved it, the service the food the ambience. Had venison carpaccio, wood pigeon salad to start, beef cheeks, venison haunch for mains and shared a apple, blackberry and plum crumble to finish. All the food was really nice, only complaint was my haunch, not as nice as I had hoped but... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Over the years I have paid many visits to Rules in Maiden Lane and never been disappointed. Situated in Covent Garden it is centrally located and has been the regular dining place for many famous authors, prime ministers and members of the royal family. The food is unashamedly traditional. Game, beef and stilton, steak and kidney puddings and pies. A... More 

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Odense, Denmark
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great visit to the Victorian Rules Restaurant in Covent Garden. It was so nicely Christmas decorated. The food was just excellent and service as well. We will keep coming back to this iconic Restaurant.

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Tenterden, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A special Birthday lunch with Mrs AJ, started with a glass of English sparkling wine, Gusbourne Vineyard, while we explored their traditional menu. Chose Potted Shrimps and Dressed crab followed by Braised pheasant and Steak and Kidney Pie with a Gigondas Rhone wine. Then sticky toffee pudding with two spoons! It was all absolutely excellent and the waiter service was... More 

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New York, NY
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If dining cheek by jowl with tablefuls of American tourists is your thing, then by all means book a reservation here. In town for an extended Thanksgiving weekend, we figured Rules would be the perfect spot for a romantic dinner, dining by a roaring fire in candlelight on pheasant or grouse, with gracious, old-school service. Instead, we were ushered to... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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166 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A lovely quiet relaxed drink away from the bustle of Covent Garden , in a very desirable cocktail bar situated above the main restaurant. Great cocktails , prepared and served very professionally by a group of experienced waiters. A fine dining treat awaits me, when I return. A great beautifully decorated venue , we will return to savour the food.

Thank Peter W

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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, Special occasions, Local cuisine, 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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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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