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35 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7LB

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Excellent evening as usual

Anita 16 February 2019
from Penzance

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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

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Customer reviews for Rules

4.5 (((() (based on 453 reviews)
92% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (347)
  • lunch (220)
  • luxury (189)
  • romantic (160)
  • business (125)
  • private dining (119)
  • value (52)
  • entertainment (31)
  • large parties (24)
  • afternoon tea (20)
  • views (17)
  • child friendly (15)
  • trendy (12)
  • breakfast (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • ((((( 16 February 2019 by Anita from Penzance

    Excellent evening as usual

  • ((*** 14 February 2019 by Martin from Sandhurst

    The main course (Duck) was cold we sent it back and it was returned very tough and was not edible. We did not pay for the Duck and asked for the Service Charge to be removed also. Rules was well below our expectations.

  • ((((* 11 February 2019 by Heather from Tonbridge kent

    Faultless, lovely food, good portions, lovely staff.
    Loved everything about it

  • ((((* 10 February 2019 by Elizabeth from Basildon

    We loved dining at Rules. The food was exceptional and in lovely surroundings. We only wish the waiters were a little more happy. Although we couldn't fault their service, it would have been nice to see a smile.

  • ((((* 8 February 2019 by Keith from Wallingford

    Rules have for a great number of years done thing with class and style.The menu is (much) more varied than most realise,it is a fine establishment .

  • ((((( 7 February 2019 by Seunghoon from London

    Very good

  • ((((( 27 January 2019 by Mike from Surrey

    Totally fantastic dining experience. Front of house, service to cloakroom, all excellent customer service

  • ((((( 25 January 2019 by Russell from colchester

    Excellent food excellent wine excellent service...excellent

  • ((((( 23 January 2019 by Mrs. from London

    Excellent service as always. My all time favourite restaurant in London. I had the smoked salmon starter and the venison loin. Absolutely melt in your mouth delicious.

  • ((((( 22 January 2019 by Anne from Barnet

    Both food and wine were up to the expected standard. The service was outstanding.

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