Guide MICHELIN 2020

Rules

(546 Reviews)
35 Maiden Lane, London, London, WC2E 7LB
British
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Opening hours

Wednesday to Thursday: 12:00 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 21:00
Friday: 12:00 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 23:00
Saturday: 12:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 17:00.

Restaurant description

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.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for Rules
4.5
(based on 546 reviews)

93%
of diners recommend this restaurant

  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Value
  • Location

Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (31)
  • al fresco (1)
  • breakfast (2)
  • business (140)
  • child friendly (16)
  • dinner (427)
  • entertainment (37)
  • large parties (28)
  • lunch (264)
  • luxury (226)
  • private dining (147)
  • romantic (190)
  • trendy (14)
  • value (57)
  • views (20)
  • By Megan P from London
    30 October 2020

    Lovely. I had been wanting to go for sometime. The service was wonderful, the food was delicious. I want to try all of the desserts! Would love to go back!

  • By Jean=louis M from Banbury
    7 October 2020

    Our favourite London restaurant - - never disappoints

  • By Martin F from Northwood
    11 September 2020

    Perfect service, peaceful ambience, great decor and above all excellent food.

  • By Michael B from Dirmstein
    12 March 2020

    The meal was great and we'll cooked.

  • By Cath B from London
    3 March 2020

    Excellent as ever

  • By Andy S from Swansea
    2 March 2020

    Lovely welcome on arrival, fantastic cocktails in beautiful bar pre dinner and excellent food to follow. Love this place!

  • By Mia S from Romsey
    29 February 2020

    Service was very slow. We had to wait 45 minutes for main course. As we had arrived an hour early for cocktails it would have been better if they had taken our order then. Food was good when it arrived though

  • By Olliver R from Alresford
    27 February 2020

    Top quality traditional service from true experts. Nice degree of formality, no pandering to fashion - most refreshing. No background music. Belle Époque interior style. What a delight. Of course the food is exquisite - as I said, service from true experts.

  • By Kevin W from Sandwell
    20 February 2020

    Have eaten at Rules several times over the years, always an enjoyable experience. The ambience is great, the food was very good and the service was excellent. Only disappointment was the lack of game dishes on the menu this time, but this was not a serious issue.

  • By Cécile P from london
    9 February 2020

    I loved this restaurant for the décor and food !

Restaurant Location Map
Rules
35 Maiden Lane, London, London, WC2E 7LB