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Rules Restaurant

#297 of 17,073 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What can I say? One of the oldest restaurants in London and truly makes you feel like you are being taken back to a distant age, all red velvet and beautiful lighting. The food, particularly the steak, was delicious. There is also lots of choice for those who like game. Well worth taking a walk around the corner through convent... More 

Thank Shageldon
Edgewater, Florida, United States
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went to a very late lunch with family and we were all so very impressed with this beautiful place. Our meal was fabulous. I had the Dover sole which was so delicious. My husband had the veal, my daughter had salmon. We ordered several different appetizers for the table. Everybody was extremely happy with their food it was very... More 

Thank Claudia B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Fantastic venue - London's oldest and most traditional restaurant, the steak and kidney pudding is just amazing, right quantities of meat and kidney well presented and beautifully made. Would recommend this for any special occasion

Thank Thesnooze
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visited rules restaurant for my birthday and it was a special treat. I wanted to try venison as I had never had it before and I found rules restaurant when i searched for London restaurants that serve venison. The restaurant is tucked away on Maiden Lane. It is an historic restaurant; the oldest in London. The decor is classic... More 

Thank SerenaJn
Bridgend, United Kingdom
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187 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place is full of history and really great atmosphere. The menu is amazing with real food, pies and all sorts of tasty treats. The service is amazing they really do know how to treat you well. Lord every bit of it we had oysters and the dressed crap to start, wow. Then the duck and steak and kidney pie,... More 

Thank h5dunlop
Gilbert, Arizona
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited this restaurant in Mid-June on the suggestion of a friend who lives in London when we asked about eating at a restaurant that was known for traditional English food. We are so glad we visited this place...known as the oldest restaurant in London! We weren't sure what to expect and were afraid it might be "stuffy", but that... More 

Thank Darren H
London, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I'd eaten at this restaurant many times when I worked in Covent Garden many years ago. We recently ate there with some friends. Sadly, Food was average at best. My husbands steak which he ordered as rare came as well done. They did suggest it was actually cooked as medium but then acknowledged that he had ordered his steak rare.... More 

Thank Alsa96
Ashford, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Amazing service, even better food, comes at a price but to high as you would expect from London's oldest restaurant, extensive wine list and a full knowledge of exactly which wine best complimented the dish we were having.

Thank Deadlysteve
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Myself and my Wife went to Rules last Saturday to meet up with old friends and I feel duty bound to outline the wonderful experience we had. We had all been to Rules before but this recent experience confirms that this is a continually high quality establishment. We arrived slightly early so were shown to the upstairs bar whilst our... More 

Thank Scott F
Coats, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had been suggested to visit and eat at Rules! The oldest Resturant in London. We had a great experience. The kids say separate from us at a separate table. We had wonderful appetizers and the entrees were simply Devine. Out of all of our meals the duck breast was the best! Highly would recommend.

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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
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, 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: (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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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