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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

Ate lunch with family here and it was extremely good. This place has a reputation for traditional english food and service served in a high end environment. Te decor matches the aspiration and the food and service deliver too. Two of us had the suet...More

Thank Gricper
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Family visit on a Monday evening. Great atmosphere and wonderful bar upstairs. The food is perfect comfort food, steak and kidney pudding and sticky toffee pudding -!both beautiful. Staff ok, hurried service was our only negative. All in all a great spot for an atmospheric...More

Thank pbarsby2017
Reviewed 2 days ago

I'm delighted I have finally eaten at Rules! I have heard about it from family and friends for years but never had the opportunity! It just felt as though we were sharing in a piece of history! Traditional English food, attentive service. Clearly a popular...More

Thank HampshireSally
Reviewed 3 days ago

Being one of the old, established restaurants in London and having eaten there on a trip over 25 years ago, I wanted to return. The welcome was cold and our server did not come to our table for over 10 minutes. He then asked us...More

1  Thank Robert G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Welcomed at the entrance by a gentleman in full doormans livery and as he opened the door we stepped back in time! We were seated in the waiting area on comfortable old pristine seating the walls are covered in paintings,posters, clocks, plates and the like....More

Thank Holly_Day038
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Had to eat at the oldest pub and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of food. The dining room was full of wood paneling and the tables were situated where you could have a private conversation. Service was great! We tried some starters,a salad and...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Having visited Rules previously on a seperate family a holiday we thought we would return for some British Pub High End Service. Sadly this time we were disappointed. No food for an hour and Half and the waiter was struggling to provide good service. I...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

On the recommendation of a Londoner we met in the underground, we went to the oldest restaurant in London. We arrived early and chose to have a cocktail at the bar. The staff could not have been more accommodating and the signature drinks were delicious....More

Thank Grancy06
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

One of my husband 's favorite places in London. The food was great and the dessert, sponge cake with créeme fraice was amazing. We always come back to this place

Thank Ami I
Reviewed 6 days ago

Visited this restaurant primarily to visit the bar and to see if we would like to book restaurant at later date. We had some excellent cocktails and were tempted by the bar snacks on offer. We chose, quail, potted shrimps and curried crab. The food...More

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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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Justin B
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings
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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