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Rules

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

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Rules takes your breath away, it is so full of character from its "Thatcher" mural to historic portraits. We were seated by the bar in a semi circular alcove which would comfortably seat four. There was a wide choice of starters and mains our meal was delicious.Ve

Kevin Mccabe 09 June 2017
from Langley

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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.

Rules

35 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7LB

Contact +44 2078365314
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Customer reviews for Rules

4.4 (((() (based on 294 reviews)
91% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (218)
  • lunch (146)
  • luxury (125)
  • romantic (105)
  • business (83)
  • private dining (77)
  • value (30)
  • entertainment (18)
  • large parties (17)
  • afternoon tea (15)
  • views (11)
  • child friendly (10)
  • trendy (6)
  • al fresco (1)
  • breakfast (1)
  • (((** 22 June 2017 by Angela Johns from London

    Interesting environment with old English feel. Very traditional.

  • ((((* 14 June 2017 by Nanda Menon from Prague

    Very good service. Staff friendly and efficient. Food good as is thr decor.

  • (((** 11 June 2017 by Gren Lamb-hughes from Romsey

    Generally good. Food well presented, tasted good. Service not rushed but timely. Waiter somewhat dour and gave incorrect advice wrt one desert but very concerned lest we had nut allergy. Chipped glass changed immediately. On the basis of this lunch probably not particularly good value for money.

  • ((((* 10 June 2017 by Véronique Hamel from Paris, France

    Typical english food in a very nice and authentic environment. A bit expensive, but a nice experience.

  • ((((( 9 June 2017 by Kevin Mccabe from Langley

    Rules takes your breath away, it is so full of character from its "Thatcher" mural to historic portraits. We were seated by the bar in a semi circular alcove which would comfortably seat four. There was a wide choice of starters and mains our meal was delicious.Ve

  • ((((( 7 June 2017 by Pilar Arenas from Madrid

    Great decoration
    Great attention
    Food was very good

  • ((((( 7 June 2017 by Joanna Chew from London

    The ambience is very good and the food is good

  • ((((( 7 June 2017 by Kaye Coghlan from Leicestershire

    My friend & I enjoyed a lovely experience at Rules on Daturdsy. The staff were courteous, helpful & made us feel special. The food was scrumptious although vegetable selections limited. Rules oozed sophistication.

  • ((((( 7 June 2017 by David Roper from London

    Decoration,service,great boar pie along with rabbit

  • ((((( 7 June 2017 by Donna Hamilton from London

    Extraordinary service. Delicious rabbit, cod, and lamb mains. Wine selections superb. Desserts suitably fine and decadent. We loved the entire experience.

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