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35 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7LB

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Typical english dishes coked and served in the right way

Pasquale 12 September 2019
from ROMA

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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 514 reviews)
92% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (394)
  • lunch (245)
  • luxury (209)
  • romantic (180)
  • private dining (136)
  • business (135)
  • value (57)
  • entertainment (33)
  • afternoon tea (28)
  • large parties (24)
  • views (17)
  • child friendly (16)
  • trendy (13)
  • breakfast (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • ((((* 10 November 2019 by Peter from Newton Abbot

    As ever, the food was delicious. We had a fairly long wait for the meal to arrive but as it is freshly cooked it was worth waiting for. It was, perhaps, a while longer than we have experienced before. The restaurant was almost full and the staff who are friendly and helpful were kept busy. The delay has not deterred us from returning at a future date.

  • ((((( 9 November 2019 by Claudia from London

    Always a pleasure to go there. One of the few restaurants able to be consistent in delivering delicious food, great service and ambience over the years. A must place to visit.

  • ((((( 4 November 2019 by Evgenii from London

    Everything was splendid

  • ((((( 4 November 2019 by Chris from Surbiton

    Once again Rules delivered an outstanding experience. From the moment the friendly doorman greeted us to the moment he said “goodbye” everyone and everything was excellent.
    A both relaxing and decadent experience.
    I would recommend getting there early and treating yourselves to a cocktail upstairs.

  • ((((( 4 November 2019 by Harvey from Marlow

    Good food and service

  • ((((* 3 November 2019 by Damian from London

    Food was good but the serve was questionable. We had two hours at our table but could only get through two courses and missed the dessert because it took so long to get served.

  • (((** 28 October 2019 by Teymour from Dubai

    The food was decent and the service was pleasant. It's nice to try once if you visit London but it's a tourist magnet for all the right and wrong reasons.

  • ((*** 28 October 2019 by Tracey from London

    Cocktails good, food disappointing

  • ((((( 28 October 2019 by Emma from London

    A fantastic experience as always

  • ((((( 22 October 2019 by Fiona from Windsor

    Delightful environment, history all around and the food is outstanding! The Staff are very attentive and we were made to feel very welcome.

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