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35 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7LB

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All excellent especially the galic coffee

Mary 07 December 2018
from Glasgow

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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 433 reviews)
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  • ((((( 7 December 2018 by Mary from Glasgow

    All excellent especially the galic coffee

  • ((((( 5 December 2018 by Angela from London

    The ambience at Rules is friendly and the staff are very knowledgeable about the ingredients and provenance of the dishes they serve.
    As a single diner I have always been made to feel welcome and have been looked after well. I treat myself to dinner here about five or six times a year at least, and have done for the past six years or so. During that time I have never had any part of a meal that wasn't cooked to perfection and always discover new tempting dishes. My weakness is the dauphinois potato that I cannot resist ordering as a side dish no matter what I am having.

  • ((((( 5 December 2018 by Paul from Stockholm sweden

    Very good

  • ((((( 4 December 2018 by Sarah from London

    Love the game..and the cocktails

  • ((((( 28 November 2018 by Linda from Southampton

    Food was fantastic as was the service. The restaurant is so interesting, will be going again.

  • ((((* 23 November 2018 by Robert from Bristol

    Very good traditional food, well presented. Service slightly slower than it should have been. Very pleasant ambiance.

  • ((((( 21 November 2018 by Hilary from Kent

    Food, service, ambience - all wonderful!

  • ((((( 20 November 2018 by Helen from Nottingham

    What an amazing setting! From the doorman to the waiting staff the experience and quality of food was superb! We shared the crown of pheasant which was delectable.

  • (((** 18 November 2018 by Matt from San Francisco

    The staff were personable and professional.
    In particular, our waitress from Czech Republic was excellent. However, the food was quite underwhelming, and was served in small quantities. I would not eat there again.

  • ((((( 17 November 2018 by Sanae from London

    It was excellent.

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