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Rules Restaurant

#313 of 17,236 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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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you visiting London and you're looking to get a sense of heritage whilst enjoying your meal Rules restaurant is for you. The building dates 100s of years and has some great stories attached to it, such as hidden doors for kings and the like. The menu is good with the beef particularly well thought of. Overall the food is... More 

Thank Mark H
Henfield, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Whether you are British or visiting from overseas Rules should be on your list of essential places to dine in London. The menu is extensive with a huge variety of dishes and there must be something to suit everyone's taste. The service is discreetly efficient and nothing is too much trouble for the waiting staff. Booking is absolutely essential.

Thank iandv2016
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I took my best friend here for his birthday. The service was good; the cocktails were nice, and was nothing 'wrong' with the food, it was just quite plain. For 200 quid (2 cocktails plus a bottle of wine; two starters and two mains), plain isn't really good enough. In particular, the game soup wasn't very gamey and the venison... More 

Thank Oliver M
Dorset, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had not been here for several years. We had a good bench/booth table ( 23 or 24) for two and had a very helpful waiter who knew each dish- which makes a change from many restaurants! After much discussion we chose the hare to be cooked just the other side of medium- and it was- and delicious to boot !... More 

Thank oilmanDorset_U_K_
Hamilton, Bermuda
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

After attending a showing of When Elephants Fight (definitely worth watching) we took one of the producers (from the US) to Rules for some proper British Nosh. Our waiter was superb. Welcoming / professional / helpful and humorous. The food was exceptionally well cooked old school British fare. My steak and kidney pudding avec with a cooked oyster on top... More 

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Tilty, Dunmowl, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have visited Rules before,but previously only for cocktails and "English tapas". This time it was for cocktails and a proper meal , all of which was fabulous. A bit pricey-around £100 a head,but well worth it. Booking essential if you want a proper meal,but cocktails available on an ad-hoc basis. The cuisine is English,with most game being available, we... More 

Thank GetThereQuicker
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Really lovely cocktail bar we enjoyed the atmosphere and really attentive waiters. The Kate Middleton cocktail was gorgeous. Food was very rich and it was a good experience for a birthday celebration.

Thank banner1234
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Rules claims to be the oldest restaurant in London. Not sure about this but the food and experience were great. Ambience great. Price reasonable for what we got. The only drawback is that the bathroom is on another floor.

Thank Anne M
Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Was afraid this so well-known restaurant might be a tourist trap, but in no way. The service was top notch professional, the food excellent and the wines as good as they get. While browsing the menu we enjoyed a glass of Gusbourne champagne. We had game soup and a rabbit and ham terrine both served with bread and a wonderful... More 

Thank Neil J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Finished the night here drinking unusual cocktails. Very olden time setting with friendly staff. Great place as a group or even an intimate evening.

Thank John T

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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, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
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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