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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 3 days ago

We at here at the onset of the Christmas season and had a terrific experience on all fronts. My only regret is that I couldn't try (didn't have room for) more of the dessert offerings ... truly remarkable. Waitstaff was excellent Will return.

Thank PasadenaBunch
Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I ate here very recently for lunch. Lovely menu - lots of game! really spoilt for choice - went for the potted scrimps - a real favourite which didn't disappoint. Main course salmon which was beautiful followed by English cheese - the...More

Thank CollieDog58
Reviewed 5 days ago

Went for lunch mid week with my wife. Could not fault the place. Our waiter was polite, attentive and knowledgeable, without being overbearing. Service was good and food was excellent. Best venison and best steak and kidney pudding ever! They also do the best Bloody...More

Thank robertparker195
Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited again for lunch - seduced by its history and it’s very English fayre but always come away slightly disappointed. Neither the steak and kidney pie nor the pudding were that good - both seemed dry and over cooked. In future we will stick to...More

Thank ollie1952
Reviewed 5 days ago

We spent a really good evening at Rules. Service was efficient and welcoming and we enjoyed our dinner. It is a a place where you can feel comfortable and relaxed. We will visit again next time we are in London, it is now one of...More

Thank S3638APmike
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a really good restaurant if you're into eating game - or any other typical British-farmed animal. Side note: I did not particularly enjoy the dessert I ordered, which contained something that looked/tasted like sour cream.

Thank Dunja D
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was introduced to this very unique restaurant by friends who are regulars. As soon as you walk in the door you know that it’s special. The decor is of a by gone age yet still very relevant. The is a heady buzz about the...More

Thank Brian T
Reviewed 1 week ago

You want to go here to have experienced it, the place, the decor, the bar upstairs(!), the mirrors and stained glass in the back room - this is classic of London. Whether it is indeed the oldest restaurant in London or not, it is very...More

Thank joacobry
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was disappointed with this meal. You are made very welcome on arrival and the staff are competent and friendly throughout. We did have a good time. But I won’t rush back. The reason is that for the prices they charge I think the food...More

2  Thank Turnthepageover
Reviewed 1 week ago

Johnny was our server and he was superb! The atmosphere was really fancy, and the service was top notch, but it was such a casual and comfortable environment. And the food! The best beef cheek I've ever had! It was so food I felt sick...More

Thank LynnPL
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up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around
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opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters
here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated
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4 January 2018|
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Response from DJ J | Reviewed this property |
Rules is a very old fashioned and cramped restaurant, while I'm sure that they would be polite enough to accommodate a pram somewhere, your presence with a very young child would ruin the experience for every other... More
Justin B
22 May 2017|
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Response from Atpin | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest smart casual.
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, 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
  • 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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