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Rules Restaurant

#298 of 17,075 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Covent Garden
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35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
(020) 78365314
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I ate at Rules' about three years ago, and then tonight. Here are the differences: Prices: higher. Food: worse, it tastes nothing special and the portions are smaller. The artichoke and bacon tart was watery, the leg of lamb was actually just 4 small slices and I ate a better one in some pubs. The cheese selection is not served... More 

Thank stefanotorino
Great Falls, Virginia
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287 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

London's oldest restaurant, beautifully formal with wonderful service. My wife started with a delightful fig, goat cheese endive salad with a bright balsamic dressing. She loved it. I had a perfectly prepared red gravalox with horse radish sauce and crunchy pickled cucumber. For her main course she had delicately sliced leg of lamb. I chose the traditional chicken pot pie... More 

Thank Wayne N
Daventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My nine year-old grandson expressed a wish to sample "authentic" British Roast Beef and Yorkshires in a London restaurant. So, having promised him a trip to London during the summer holidays, I set about trying to find such a place. It is surprisingly difficult to find traditional restaurants serving Roast Beef in London, but I'm very glad I found Rules... More 

Thank Tim W
Beds, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to celebrate my wife's birthday who was born on 12th August so she and her twin brother had been talking for ages about going to Rules. Well I'm glad we did. We had booked an early table as going to a show so at 5.30 is was quiet. Its quite formal but in a nice way. Service was... More 

Thank Matthew B
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had not been to this restaurant for many years but took my husband in May for his birthday. He had never been but often heard me speak about it. We went for lunch and had the most wonderful time. The restaurant is steeped in history (being the oldest in London) the wines are exquisite the food is mouthwatering fantastic.... More 

1 Thank Travelalot110
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent food, I had the shank of lamb and my good lady had breast of duck , we preceded the main with fig and goats cheese salad which was terrific. It's a small but atmospheric restaurant that still sticks to etiquette and tradition and great service as closely as it can, was very busy and tables turned every two hours... More 

Thank Penwyllt
Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As part of our silver wedding celebration we attend the restaurant on our mid week break in the capital. The restaurant was chosen to be a special meal and we were not disappointed. The food was exceptional as expected, the service and atmosphere will live in our memories. It was expensive but perfectly fit our idea of a meal to... More 

Thank catsplaything
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on a Thursday evening. Quite busy. Super attentive staff who were very helpful and professional. The food is british through and through - game, pies, fish, oysters, eton mess and all that jazz. It was well done, quite rich and we all departed feeling very repleat! The best aspect for me however, were the surroundings. The history oozed from... More 

1 Thank Op2mist
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous restaurant seeped in history with an exemplary menu. Best in class service this restaurant will never fail to disappoint you. Reputed to London's oldest restaurant, and known to be one of the best. Red meat a must.

1 Thank Kirsten M
London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was my bf's birthday so I have booked the table there for dinner as a surprise. The day was a sunny day and it was around 27-28 degree so my boyfriend have wore shorts (just a bit over the knee) with chinley. So when we arrived at the restaurant we have been rejected to go in for our reservation.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
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, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
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: (020) 78365314
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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