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.
of diners recommend this restaurant
- afternoon tea (31)
- al fresco (1)
- breakfast (2)
- business (139)
- child friendly (16)
- dinner (426)
- entertainment (36)
- large parties (27)
- lunch (263)
- luxury (225)
- private dining (146)
- romantic (190)
- trendy (14)
- value (57)
- views (20)
7 October 2020
Our favourite London restaurant - - never disappoints
11 September 2020
Perfect service, peaceful ambience, great decor and above all excellent food.
12 March 2020
The meal was great and we'll cooked.
3 March 2020
Excellent as ever
2 March 2020
Lovely welcome on arrival, fantastic cocktails in beautiful bar pre dinner and excellent food to follow. Love this place!
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
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.
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.
9 February 2020
I loved this restaurant for the décor and food !
8 February 2020
We come along to Rules 2-3 times per year and we are never discounted with the level of service