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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 485 reviews)
93% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (374)
  • lunch (238)
  • luxury (203)
  • 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)
  • ((((( 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.

  • ((((( 30 May 2019 by Lesley from Darwin

    It was a lovely lunch with old friends. Extremely enjoyable.

  • ((((( 26 May 2019 by Hernan from Chile

    Excellent we always

  • ((((* 24 May 2019 by Carmen from Tenerife Spain

    Venison was excellent

  • ((((* 24 May 2019 by Janice from London

    Very traditional in the nicest way

  • ((((( 24 May 2019 by Linda from New York, New York

    Lovely traditional British restaurant with great ambiance and the food, yes, was delicious! We had a very rare rib for two with yorkshire pudding....delicious! The minted pea soup with ham hocks was spendid!

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