Guide MICHELIN 2020


(530 Reviews)
35 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7LB
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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
(based on 530 reviews)

of diners recommend this restaurant

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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (30)
  • al fresco (1)
  • breakfast (2)
  • business (138)
  • child friendly (16)
  • dinner (413)
  • entertainment (35)
  • large parties (25)
  • lunch (255)
  • luxury (219)
  • private dining (143)
  • romantic (185)
  • trendy (14)
  • value (57)
  • views (19)
  • By Marcio P from São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
    17 January 2020


  • By Gavin S from London
    12 January 2020

    As always, Rules is absolutely first-class in every sense - the service perfect and unobtrusive, the quality of the presentation excellent and of course the food always delicious. Everything I’ve ever had at Rules has been delicious, and you can taste the care in every dish.

  • By Helen M from London
    11 January 2020

    We had a wonderful experience at Rules. The night starts with the doorman’s formal welcome and then you get taken into the beautiful dining room, which is full of character. We felt like we had stepped back in time. The menu is traditional English dishes, which were all freshly prepared and really tasty. Everyone loved their meals. Cocktails were also great. The service was professional and allowed us time to enjoy our evening.

  • By Markus R from London
    11 January 2020

    Lovely champagne in beautiful surroundings

  • By Vivienne B from Manchester
    8 January 2020

    Love the atmosphere, the food, the staff and the decor

  • By Rosamaria G from London
    6 January 2020

    Vero nice atmosfere and food food

  • By Roz M from Oxfordshire
    5 January 2020

    We had a wonderful meal on Sunday, the food was delicious, brilliant service, really cannot say anything bad because it was all good, thank you all very much

  • By Manuel V from Hillerød
    1 January 2020

    Great traditional British dishes

  • By Richard K from Tampa
    27 December 2019

    Space lovely at Christmas. Food fine. Service cool.

  • By Geraldine P from Saffron Walden
    16 December 2019

    loved the venison a delicious sticky toffee pudding

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

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