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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 via mobile

Steak and kidney pudding with Oyster - not something you see on a menu often so it was well worth the punt - fantastic. Olde school, unique atmosphere and quite unique - you must try this place. I will definitely go back.

Thank Cleogreen
Reviewed yesterday

For reasons best left unsaid I was celebrating my 50th birthday alone and I chose Rules. I has been before I guess 20 years ago and was expecting high standard. I was a touch disappointed with the cocktail bar as I asked for a nice...More

Thank Nellance
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We hadn’t been to Rules since the recent refurbishment, and were much looking forward to it. For our return visit this evening, we were seated towards the back left of the restaurant and although the food and service was as good as I remembered, the...More

Thank wyada
Reviewed 5 days ago

we had a lovely time, food was delicious and the service excellent. The atmosphere is calm and relaxing, we felt very comfortable. Thankyou rules for making our valentines day lunch special.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I haven't visited Rules restaurant for many years and I sincerely hope I won't have to for many years to come. Yes, it is the oldest restaurant in town, the interior decor is suitably authentic and it has hosted Royalty but in many ways it...More

Thank New-Nell
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A wonderful s place to go. Not cheap but the food is typically English top class. Steaks, oysters , pies/puddings ,game, rabbit , lamb , pork , real ale as well as fine wines and great House cocktails ...and desserts like sticky toffee , spotted...More

Thank andrew b
Reviewed 1 week ago

Quite simply the best dining experience that we have had in London. The building, the décor, the staff, the food, the atmosphere - it had the best of everything. Not a place to go if you are on a budget but if you are going...More

Thank Don J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my Father in Law there for his 80th birthday as part of his weekend in London present. This is our 3rd visit and again it was lovely. I had the potted shrimps, and the pork cheeks all were lovely. We also had some oysters,...More

Thank chunkyCheshire
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was my husband's 65th birthday. Rules is special for him as several pieces of his father's artwork are still there and we were given a table right by the drawings, as requested. The service was impeccable, the food was excellent, and we all enjoyed...More

Thank Nightingale26
Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend took me here for lunch. It's beautiful and exquisitely historical!! The food is spectacular and the serving staff perfection!

Thank Elyse E
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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16 February 2018|
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Response from Michael B | Reviewed this property |
Very easy. Black vans are feeling the pinch of competition from Uber and will be freely available.
14 February 2018|
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Response from Natalie B | Reviewed this property |
Yes that's fine, smart casual is OK, no jeans or trainers.
13 February 2018|
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Response from Mike_Lacey81 | Reviewed this property |
You wont have much choice, to be honest - the tables are, I believe, pretty much fixed.However there is a table that can seat six which you can see from the entrance. Don't worry - you'll be well looked after - enjoy!
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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, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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
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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