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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 yesterday

London's oldest restaurant is well worth the visit and damage to your wallet. The Roast Beef is the best we've eaten, the Yorkshire Pudding, veges and especially the Horseradish topped it off. The service is formal, friendly and old school - as you'd expect from...More

Thank JonofWilson
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It’s a lovely looking place. If you want to feel like you are having dinner at the Queen’s you might enjoy. I just prefer something more comfortable. I like fancy places, go to a lot of nice restaurants but this was not friendly, warm or...More

Thank TravelExploreLdn
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went here for my birthday. While the food was good it wasn't anything spectacular. The service we received in the bar was impeccable. Dinner service was good. The food wasn't anything spectacular. My mom and I split the Rib of Beef for two. It...More

Thank rzgarba65
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is the oldest restaurant in London and it has an amazing ambience - well... both kinda reflects on the bill as well. The price is a little on the higher side. I had their Sunday roast - roast rump of beef with Yorkshire pudding...More

Thank 435selvas
Reviewed 4 days ago

I was on holiday from NZ and headed to London for the day to meet an old friend from NZ now living in London. After a wander around Covent Garden, we decided to splash out and have a flash lunch. We wanted somewhere where we...More

Thank Tracey A
Reviewed 4 days ago

I'm afraid that this restaurant is living on its past reputation. The Menu is limited,especially in respect of vegetables and my "jersey Royals" were under cooked and had, I suspect been reheated? The service was not good with the wrong meals being brought and the...More

Thank grazza87
Reviewed 4 days ago

Every time when come to London, to have a fine lunch or dinner in the Rules restaurant it s always on my To-Do s list. If you like places with not just perfect food, with nice staff and charming atmosphere, then this place should be...More

Thank fabo1950
Reviewed 6 days ago

Had heard of Rules over the years and made a reservation for special occasion (Birthday of 'elderly' husband) - Technically the attitude to service -being greeted taken to a table and attention- was all there but appeared 'mechanical' as opposed to genuine. No follow-up during...More

Thank Lilycat7
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant serves very good food in a charming atmosphere. Our service was poor. It has begun to look neglected.Having eaten here in the past and found it a very special experience, I was disappointed.

Thank Glenn S
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was my second time to booked the table in the restaurant and like previously it wasn't disappointment at all. Old-fashioned atmosphere, very friendly and attentive staff, delicious food( Breast of Gressingham Duck and Sticky Toffee Pudding) and a lovely Rose wine and coffee...for me...More

Thank Svetlana G
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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1 April 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.
21 March 2018|
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Response from New-Nell | Reviewed this property |
I expect so but check with them first.
4 March 2018|
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Response from JanBristol | Reviewed this property |
We were a party of 4 and were allocated a booth. It was not massive, and I would imagine if they were not too busy and you asked for a booth specifically, you would probably be lucky
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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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, 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
  • 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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