Guide MICHELIN 2020


(519 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 519 reviews)

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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (28)
  • al fresco (1)
  • breakfast (2)
  • business (137)
  • child friendly (16)
  • dinner (404)
  • entertainment (34)
  • large parties (24)
  • lunch (250)
  • luxury (213)
  • private dining (139)
  • romantic (183)
  • trendy (14)
  • value (57)
  • views (18)
  • By Millie P from London
    8 December 2019

    We had a great time, service, food and atmosphere fantastic as usual

  • By Bruce K from Mt Pleasant
    29 November 2019

    Wonderful experience, a truly special occasion restaurant say that again review

  • By Stephen L from Hanover
    25 November 2019

    Nice atmosphere, pheasant was cooked excellently. Service was first class.

  • By Sian T from Walton-on-Thames
    24 November 2019

    Loved the bread and butter pudding

  • By Mirko D from Berlin
    16 November 2019

    Very nice decorated old restaurant. The waiters have been very friendly and attentively. Our beef (entrecote) was on the point. The selection of wines was good and delicious.

  • By Peter W from Newton Abbot
    8 November 2019

    As ever, the food was delicious. We had a fairly long wait for the meal to arrive but as it is freshly cooked it was worth waiting for. It was, perhaps, a while longer than we have experienced before. The restaurant was almost full and the staff who are friendly and helpful were kept busy. The delay has not deterred us from returning at a future date.

  • By Claudia F from London
    7 November 2019

    Always a pleasure to go there. One of the few restaurants able to be consistent in delivering delicious food, great service and ambience over the years. A must place to visit.

  • By Harvey D from Marlow
    2 November 2019

    Good food and service

  • By Evgenii B from London
    1 November 2019

    Everything was splendid

  • By Damian W from London
    1 November 2019

    Food was good but the serve was questionable. We had two hours at our table but could only get through two courses and missed the dessert because it took so long to get served.

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35 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7LB

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