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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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“potted shrimps” (67 reviews)
“oysters” (156 reviews)
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35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
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Reviewed 28 October 2015 via mobile

When you get in the door you feel like you come in the 18th century. There is no any empty area on the walls and roofs of beautiful artwork and hunted animal heads. I heard that there is oldest restaurant of London. Staff welcomes you...More

Thank Mehmet Y
Reviewed 27 October 2015

Historical restaurant Rules is London's oldest restaurant, the food was amazing and the staff were welcoming.

Thank tmuggr
Reviewed 27 October 2015

Stunning restaurant with real food! This is the second time I've eaten here and it is my favourite restaurant in London.

Thank Alison A
Reviewed 26 October 2015

A step back in time, wonderful service , good food, just a very good time. It is a very historical restaurant, if you want an impression of how the wealthy lived this will give it to you.

Thank rosaleen h
Reviewed 26 October 2015

Rules is London's oldest restaurant, founded in 1798 situated in the Covent Garden area. It is steep in history and splendidly grand. Its staff are efficient and expert at what they do, yet remain ultra friendly and unpretentious (not something that is often found in...More

Thank Shaz6160
Reviewed 26 October 2015

We had planned this visit along with a trip to the Theatre. On entering the Restaurant we were warmly greeted by the Staff and our coats and shopping were taken from us. Our table was in a good situation and our Waiter was fantastic, I...More

Thank Kentjag
Reviewed 25 October 2015

Service was bad we even had to pour our own wine.Food was generally poor.I had a venison curry that was very poor.No one seemed to be ecstatic about there meal.

2  Thank Ryan54321
Reviewed 25 October 2015

There are many restaurants in and around central London that, at a 3rd of the price offer double the fine dining value. This may be the oldest restaurant in London unfortunately I would label it a dinosaur. Experience it as soon as you can because...More

6  Thank colinwd
Reviewed 24 October 2015

Fantastic atmosphere that was let down by poor and inhospitable service. We have visited Rules before and very much enjoyed the historical setting and exceptional service. Nothing was too much for the waiters and service staff. On our return, however, we felt that waiters were...More

8  Thank Tom B
Reviewed 24 October 2015

As you would expect in London's oldest restaurant, the feel is very old school, down to the beer served in Silver tankards. The food was very good. The potted shrimp to start was excellent, the beef for two nice, and the apple crumble one of...More

Thank Bogotarocks
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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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
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, Groups, 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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