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Rules Restaurant

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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 via mobile

All these years visiting London and never booked it. Big mistake! This is simply great--beautifully done up inside; classic English fare, with emphasis on game; skilled, attentive staff; reasonably priced. Only nit pick--and it applies to EVERY RESTAURANT we've booked--no oaky California-style Chardonnay, the only...More

1  Thank looshian
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a lovely place and great food and service - everything you'd expect from a restaurant that has been in business for a very long time in a competitive market (Est. 1798) I'd love to have had the Beef Wellington but it needs notice...More

1  Thank John M
Reviewed 5 days ago

What a wonderful experience visiting this restaurant. It's like stepping back in time with an atmosphere that brings to mind the dining experiences described in books about pre-war London. And the traditional classic dishes are perfectly prepared and presented. My wife was most complimentary of...More

Thank Terry B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited for Mr B's birthday. Seated under a slight kinky Mrs Thatcher. Our waiter was superb - very professional and efficient. It not without character. Lots of dishes are dependant on season. I had Sunday beef roast dish, requested extra gravy - came just about...More

Thank Caroline H
Reviewed 5 days ago

We came here on a short stop-over in London due to an excellent review we had read on a trusted travel site. The service, wine, oysters and dessert were excellent, as was the ambience. While a bit noisy, with the tables a bit close, the...More

Thank dyavorsk
Reviewed 6 days ago

The service and food served in Rules is of a very good standard however, living in the lake district I have eaten game type food that is equally as good for a fraction of the price. The main attraction to Rules for myself is the...More

1  Thank jonnym92
Reviewed 1 week ago

If I lived in London I would book 52 weeks of Sunday Lunch here. Its spectacularly good. My friend and I shared a dressed crab starter and then had the Roast Beef (of course) with roasties and home made horseradish and Yorkshire pudding. We were...More

1  Thank MichelleLeamDuke
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here last Sunday to celebrate a 50th Birthday. As there were 9 of us we used a private room on the 2nd floor. From the moment we arrived the service was excellent yet unobtrusive just what was required. Nothing was too much trouble....More

1  Thank Jaki J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Rules is a sanctuary from the very busy and noisy establishments In Maiden Lane. The oldest restaurant in London, founded by Mr Rule in 1798. We were welcomed and seated in very comfortable soft seating. Rules is wonderfully old fashioned inside with many cartoons adorning...More

2  Thank Richard S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great atmosphere, but food quality and service was lacking. Our hotel concierge recommended this place to us as a "top" restaurant in London. Total exaggeration. - Female greeter seemed more interested in reminding us (more than once) that we had to give up our table...More

1  Thank theNamssob
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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
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Response from Atpin | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest smart casual.
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The meats available changes seasonally. Check menu on web-site for information
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Restaurant Details

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