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Rules

35 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7LB +44 2081281632

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Very welcoming, lovely atmosphere and we loved the decor with all pictures and history. We all enjoyed the food we chose to eat. The fish dishes were delicious, beautifully cooked and presented. The staff were helpful and friendly. We hope to return!

Val 10 June 2018
from Maidenhead

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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.

Rules

35 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7LB

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  • lunch (192)
  • luxury (165)
  • romantic (139)
  • business (112)
  • private dining (104)
  • value (45)
  • entertainment (27)
  • large parties (24)
  • afternoon tea (19)
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  • child friendly (14)
  • trendy (10)
  • breakfast (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • ((((( 10 June 2018 by Val from Maidenhead

    Very welcoming, lovely atmosphere and we loved the decor with all pictures and history. We all enjoyed the food we chose to eat. The fish dishes were delicious, beautifully cooked and presented. The staff were helpful and friendly. We hope to return!

  • ((((( 6 June 2018 by Françoise from Haute-Nendaz Switzerland

    D abord la réservation fut précise avec un suivi parfait.
    L accueil au restaurant,très bien... avec humour britannique.
    Notre table ,très bien ,très à l aise,assez grande pour recevoir un repas gastronomique !
    Pourriez-vous peut-être penser à traduire votre carte des menus en français !!!!
    Nos huîtres parfaites en fraîcheur.
    L agneau fut parfait aussi!
    Le stilton servi à la meule,quelle bonne idée! Les sorbets très bien aussi !
    Tous ces mets nous ont été servis avec classe,gentillesse et professionnalisme !
    Nous avons apprécié aussi le service des vins en nous présentant la bouteille chaque fois!
    Quant au prix final du menu,ce fut correct ! Je le compare à un menu gastronomique en Suisse. En tout cas merci pour cette soirée où nous avons passé un très bon moment ! Si nous reviendrons à Londres,nous réserverons à nouveau au Rules !

  • (((** 5 June 2018 by Michael from California USA

    Our server was rude, inattentive, and unhelpful. She spoiled a otherwise good dining experience.

  • ((((( 2 June 2018 by James from Ipswich

    Exactly what we wanted

  • ((((( 31 May 2018 by Ann from Memphis TN

    Excellent meal and service. My first visit but I will be back.

  • ((((* 26 May 2018 by Steven from New york

    Very good traditional experience with great ambiance and professional service

  • ((((( 22 May 2018 by DAVID from London

    very very nice - great food and service

  • ((((( 15 May 2018 by Gloria from London

    Extraordinary dining experience. Wonderful food and impeccable service.

  • ((((( 7 May 2018 by Diarmid from Brighton

    Charming service and surroundings. Food was delicious.

  • (((** 4 May 2018 by Doris from London uk

    We had the roast beef dinner and were disappointed as there was a lot of fat and only one vegetable plus potatoes. We were told there would be a 45 minute preparation time and since we didn’t want more food why not get some bread. It was only partially used and we were charged for the bread. We had a similar meal at another special restaurant one week before and it was far superior with excellent service. I love this restaurant but it was not at its best and I won’t order the beef again!

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