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35 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7LB

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Pleasant and quiet experience

Oscar 07 June 2019
from São Paulo

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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 490 reviews)
93% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (377)
  • lunch (238)
  • luxury (205)
  • romantic (172)
  • business (132)
  • private dining (130)
  • value (56)
  • entertainment (31)
  • afternoon tea (24)
  • large parties (24)
  • views (17)
  • child friendly (15)
  • trendy (12)
  • breakfast (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • ((((( 21 July 2019 by Bev from Derby

    Great food, great service, such a nice buzz about the place. Would definitely recommend it

  • ((((* 17 July 2019 by Robert from Lugano

    Great front of the house staff.

  • ((((( 10 July 2019 by John from ascot


  • ((((* 5 July 2019 by Juan from New York

    Food good, history abounds

  • ((*** 26 June 2019 by Julian from Kent

    This was not my first visit to Rules. The service, as in previous visits was fabulous however this time there was an issue with the food. The food was presented very nicely and tasted great but unfortunately my elderly mother ordered a chicken pie that contained a bone. She luckily pulled it out of her mouth before any serious damage was done. After pointing this to the staff, he returned to offer complimentary puddings. This sort of error is not what you expect from a restaurant of this standard, very disappointing

  • ((((( 15 June 2019 by Ronald from Carmarthen

    Great. Liked everything about it. A touch of class in Covent Garden. Wonderful setting, good food and faultless service.

  • ((((( 10 June 2019 by Meredith from Melbourne

    Booking service excellent. Ambience totally wonderful. Attention by staff exceptional. Food Excellent

  • ((((( 7 June 2019 by Sabine from Neuilly sur seine

    Perfect dinner

  • ((((( 7 June 2019 by Oscar from São Paulo

    Pleasant and quiet experience

  • ((((( 30 May 2019 by Patricia from Melksham

    Excellent as usual. I have visited before as a guest of others but for my companion it was the first visit. She was very impressed, as I knew she would be!
    I have only been for dinner and lunch but will be finding an excuse to have afternoon tea at the earliest opportunity!
    Not budget dining but worth every penny ... thank you for a great evening.

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