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Rules Restaurant

35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
+44 20 7836 5314
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good24%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This has to be the best restaurant in London. Great food without being overly fussy, efficient friendly staff, great service, wonderful environment, can not be faulted in any way.

Thank Paul D
Reviewed 3 days ago

Keeping the oldest restaurant in London up and running this long can only be done by providing excellent food and service... and that's what you get. The offering of game dishes is extraordinary and the Dover Sole was absolutely perfect. This is an authentic, Old...More

1  Thank Charles N
Reviewed 3 days ago

Rules did not disappoint ! The service and food were both excellent. The staff very friendly and helpful in choosing what to eat. We started with the potted shrimps and the fish soup followed by the pheasant and partridge as a main meal with the...More

1  Thank peterz81
Reviewed 4 days ago

I have been coming here on and off for the last twenty years and yet again it was a brilliant experience from being greeted by the doorman to leaving and getting your coat given to you. Service was great and very helpfull espicaly as some...More

Thank Normthefisherman
Reviewed 4 days ago

Start with a Guiness in one of their silver/pewter mugs. Steak and Kidney pie is always good. Lots of game featured on the menu but a real treat to sit there, enjoy a meal and all the surroundings.

Thank Philip B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Walked by this establishment countless times in the past making my way to the Maple Leaf Pub but never set foot inside. Was invited to have drinks prior to my flight home and took up my friends on the offer. Absolutely loved the First Floor...More

Thank BuccaneerDave
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I went here one night without reservations. Bad move. So I made some for the next night and went back. The place has so much history and our waiter knew a lot about it. The food was really good and the menu is very British....More

Thank LostALot22
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Aleays promisef to take my husband here during game season. I had the oheasant and he had the hare. Both dishes were delucious and cooked to perfection. Lovely decorated for christmas and nice cosy atmosphere. Service was excellent as you would expect. Highly recommend and...More

1  Thank Smirnoffy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can’t recommend this restaurant highly enough - the food and service were just sublime! In our group of 4 we had oysters , eel , the roast boar pie , crab & duck , I tried a bit of all of these and can...More

Thank Ray L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is England at its best. From the moment you walked through the door to the moment you left you were greeted with superb service. The atmosphere was very festive and the stunning xmas decorations didn't disappointment. Our waiter, Nej was so helpful at...More

Thank Natalie B
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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Justin B
22 May 2017|
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Response from Atpin | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest smart casual.
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Response from Jan Fredrik T | Reviewed this property |
The meats available changes seasonally. Check menu on web-site for information
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 36
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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