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35 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7LB +44 2081281632

(((() British

Marvelous !

Elisabeth Hartog 24 November 2016
from Harrow on the hill

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London’s oldest restaurant, Rules has provided the capital with traditional British food since 1798. Timelessly elegant, its illustrious history has seen the likes of Charles Dickens and H.G Wells sample the hearty menu.

As authentic as ever, the Rules menu is led by wild game and classic British dishes. Whole roast grouse and loin of venison highlight the rich variety of meats on offer, topped off by rabbit hotpot, and wild boar and mushroom pie. Dishes don’t come much more British than the rump of Lake District lamb with haggis bubble and squeak, or steamed steak and kidney suet pudding, whilst the likes of pheasant curry with basmati rice, and Loch Duart salmon with mussels and garam masala, add exotic touches to authentic cuisine.

Historic prints adorning the walls, the extravagance of the restaurant’s décor led poet John Betjeman to describe it as ‘unique and irreplaceable, and part of literary and theatrical London.’ Upstairs, the Rules cocktail bar with its glamorous menu and plush red seating, epitomises the old-fashioned elegance of the entire building.

In contrast to the bustle of neighbouring Covent Garden, the age-old sophistication of Rules restaurant London is a 6-minute walk from both Leicester Square and Covent Garden tube stations.


35 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7LB

Contact +44 2078365314
Reservations +44 2081281632

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Customer reviews for Rules

4.4 (((() (based on 205 reviews)
93% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (148)
  • lunch (99)
  • luxury (87)
  • romantic (72)
  • business (56)
  • private dining (55)
  • value (22)
  • entertainment (12)
  • large parties (10)
  • afternoon tea (8)
  • child friendly (8)
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  • trendy (4)
  • ((((* 3 December 2016 by Marion Lewis from columbus, ohio usa

    wonderful greeting, great service and the food was lovely. one slight concern--the christmas wreath hanging in the window meant that one of our party had to lean far forward as she could not put her head back.

  • ((((( 3 December 2016 by Diane McGuinness from Dartford

    Excellent atmosphere, food and service. Beautifully decorated for Christmas.

  • ((((( 1 December 2016 by John Buckle from Denver Colorado

    Had a very pleasant evening. Outstanding Food & service

  • ((((( 1 December 2016 by Andrew Campbell from Berkshire

    We thoroughly enjoyed the first class food, wine and service. Unusually for a party of four we chose different starters and main courses and tasted a range of items on the menu. All the menu choices were excellent. We will return!

  • ((((( 29 November 2016 by Dennis Roycroft from London

    We last dined at Rules some years ago and when we arrived yesterday, it was still the warm and welcoming restaurant we remembered. We had a lovely table, the staff were excellent as was the food. We had a very enjoyable and relaxing lunch.

  • ((((( 28 November 2016 by Steve Smith from Charlotte , N. C.

    This is my # 1 restaurant to book when I go to London , has been for more than 30 years. When you walk thru the door , you enter a 1890 restaurant , with all the Victorian grandness.

  • ((((( 27 November 2016 by Sandra Allwood from Surrey

    Excellent food, plenty of choice, beef cheek highly recommended. Wonderful ambience and very good service.

  • ((((( 24 November 2016 by Elisabeth Hartog from Harrow on the hill

    Marvelous !

  • ((((* 22 November 2016 by E E M from Oxford

    Really enjoyed the whole experience. Excellent steak, flavoursome meat. Chips perfect shame I could only eat a few. Would definitely go again. Service impeccable.

  • ((((* 22 November 2016 by Barry Beasley from Upminster

    All good great setting excellent staff

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