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Rules Restaurant

35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
+44 20 7836 5314
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good23%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
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Reviewed yesterday

We have been a few times now and the whole experience is consistently lovely. The service is perfect, the menus are varied and high-end. Last visit I had cold Guinness (in a silver tankard) with six oysters. Then Pidgeon. Their Oysters are simply the best,...More

Thank Leslie C S
Reviewed yesterday

I'd been looking forward to a Steak & Kidney pudding here for some while and I was not disappointed. Both our meals were excellent, decent wine at a fair price and good service. There is an excellent atmosphere, the ambience, furniture etc is all just...More

Thank lightning92
Reviewed yesterday

I have been lucky enough to be treated to lunch twice at Rules and it must count as one of the best restaurants I've ever experienced anywhere. There is something totally luxurious about being in the opulent, traditional, even over-the-top surroundings... it simply makes me...More

Thank Lizzy064
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is not our first time here and it will certainly not be our last. We were there last week and had the English Beef for two. The service was impeccable, food outstanding, and atmosphere delightful. It was typical English with all the "fixins" Yorkshire...More

Thank Jim F
Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed our lunch immensely! The staff was very attentive and the food was wonderful!! When we mentioned that we had seen their restaurant on Downtown Abbey, we were seated at the table featured in the series!

Thank Carolyn B
Reviewed 3 days ago

I tracked this restaurant when planning my Europe trip, I was intrigued by the 'since 1798' and that it's not franchised or a chain aka Marco PW, Jamie, Antonio, Ottolenghi, Fullers pubs et al, what a treasure I found, I admit I am not someone...More

Thank ChezzajIsAway
Reviewed 4 days ago

Whenever I have overseas visitors in London, I plan Rules into my itinerary. I am a vegetarian so don’t go to the restaurant where they serve game from their own Scottish estate, but to the intimate, heavily-furnished, secluded cocktail bar upstairs where royalty met their...More

Thank RatleyRamblerLady
Reviewed 4 days ago

So the iconic doorman was too busy having his photo taken to open the door - but then I am capable of opening a door myself :). I didn't mind being told when we had to vacate the table, at least it is up front...More

1  Thank fionahw
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is what I imagine dining at Downton Abbey would have been like! Absolutely classic British dishes, your game prepared as you wish, classic service. A real throw back from today’s CIA inspired restaurants. As Americans, we wanted to try this world known restaurant and...More

Thank Deborah K
Reviewed 5 days ago

We just returned to the US from a few weeks in England. This was our first time dining at Rules. The staff, food, welcome, and overall experience was excellent. My wife thought her steak a little tough, but otherwise a perfect meal and evening. The...More

Thank Phillip A
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
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Dana F
August 7, 2018|
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Response from rzgarba65 | Reviewed this property |
I called them directly. You have to order ahead, (I believe 48 hours) and it is for four people min and quite expensive, though I dont remember the exact price. Its not on the regular menu. If you are looking for beef... More
April 1, 2018|
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Response from GOMS2013 | Reviewed this property |
Business casual would be perfect. No need to wear a tie, though about half of male diners chose to.
March 20, 2018|
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Response from New-Nell | Reviewed this property |
I expect so but check with them first.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, 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: +44 20 7836 5314
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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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