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

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my food was excellent. have eaten at this restaurant for years.

Susan Gande 20 May 2017
from halstead essex

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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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4.4 (((() (based on 284 reviews)
91% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (210)
  • lunch (139)
  • luxury (121)
  • romantic (101)
  • business (78)
  • private dining (74)
  • value (28)
  • entertainment (17)
  • large parties (17)
  • afternoon tea (14)
  • views (11)
  • child friendly (10)
  • trendy (6)
  • al fresco (1)
  • breakfast (1)
  • ((*** 23 May 2017 by Judith Fichman from London

    Functional dining. Disappointing.

  • (((** 23 May 2017 by Terry Mackey from Johannesburg

    Elegant and very interesting décor. Menu looked very interesting but when our meal was served, all three of us were presented with the wrong dishes (not all actually wrong, all mixed up as to who had ordered what). I had ordered Pommes Anne as a side dish but it never arrived. Generally, our starters were very good ( tart and soup) but the main courses were somewhat overcooked. Very friendly staff.

  • ((((( 23 May 2017 by Richard Hockin from Surrey

    Super Lunch,excellent service and very attentive waiters ( not intrusive )

  • ((((( 22 May 2017 by Nick Pope from Rochester

    From the guy on the door to the waitress, absolutley fantastic service. You can smell the history the restaurant has as soon as you walk in the door. Our waitress was supberb and the food was to die for. Celebrated or first wedding anniversary and will go back again very soon.

  • ((((* 22 May 2017 by Michael Szczerbinski from La Plata

    Tasty traditional English fare served impeccably in a storied setting.

  • ((((( 21 May 2017 by Caroline Cope from Maidenhead

    Excellent as always. Good service and first class food.

  • ((((( 20 May 2017 by Michael Braithwaite from London

    A most enjoyable and relaxed dinning experience, service very good and not intrusive. Food simple traditional but of the highest quality- habit to be recommended.

  • ((((( 20 May 2017 by Susan Gande from halstead essex

    my food was excellent. have eaten at this restaurant for years.

  • ((((( 19 May 2017 by David Gander from London

    BEAUTIFUL MEAT Lovely deserts. Great service. Interesting place. Must go back for G n T some time soon.

  • ((((( 17 May 2017 by Sally Marin from Toronto

    Wonderful experience. Attentive service. The Wild Boar Pie was superb along with the chilled Guinness.

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