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Rules Restaurant

35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
+44 20 7836 5314
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good24%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Externally the restaurant has a very old fashioned feel almost like stepping back in time, down to the liveried doorman who is welcoming with his cockney charm and will happily get you a cab. It's obvious you are sampling a small part of history the...More

Thank louise E
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Absolutely delightful. Able to accommodate us lunchtime Mother's day without reservation service we were just 2. Meals delicious and just the right amount. Quality ingredients and attention to detail. Also a reasonable price for 3 courses. We would definitely visit again!

Thank Andreea M
Reviewed yesterday

Very much a traditional English restaurant with a good rep. More of a 4 1/2 than or 4 or 5. Not been here for years but will go back. I had a great Steak & Kidney pie, which at first I thought was quite small...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

Absolutely fantastic, I can’t believe it has taken me so long to visit! We went on Sunday for our summer meet up with my Father in law to be and it was exquisite, I really can't fault Rules at all and fully understand why it...More

Thank rich b
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My family and I had dinner here on a Saturday evening. The place has a wonderful atmosphere with interesting iconic decor. We were greeted warmly and well looked after by our waiter. The choice and quality of food was superb. Our favourite was the Rib...More

Thank RogerfromTown
Reviewed 3 days ago

Some friends of us spoke about this restaurant and we was very exciting to go here ! The setting is fantastic ! The waitress was prevenant and discreet ! My friend took the chicken and the truffle mash potatoes (he really enjoyed it) and i...More

Thank Cold1610
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had been here many years ago and we didn't have a good experience... slow service, wrong dishes, dishes missed entirely etc...... but many had said to us it was great so we assumed we'd had an unlucky experience then. So we booked in recently...More

Thank LisaMDL
Reviewed 5 days ago

Had a work lunch here and was slightly concerned it would be touristy and slightly gimmicky given the Covent Garden location etc. Turned out to be not the case at all. The clientele was older, I would say, but none were tourists and the restaurant...More

Thank GJonny
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were so glad to go back to Rules, the oldest restaurant in London, and were not disappointed. The decor is so fun, the service consistent and the food is still very tasty and unusual.

Thank ConnoisseurCharlotte
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This place is gorgeous for having a great classic English dinner. Food is delicious and they treat you very well. The roast beef can't be missed. One of the oldest places in town with a great food

1  Thank JPCarvajal
Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude
of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or
simply to be among the multitude of people who pass
through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking
up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around
Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the
opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters
here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated
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Justin B
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Response from Atpin | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest smart casual.
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Response from Jan Fredrik T | Reviewed this property |
The meats available changes seasonally. Check menu on web-site for information
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7836 5314
  • E-mail
Established by Thomas Rule in 1798, Rules is a Covent Garden institution and the oldest restaurant in London. Tuxedoed waiters glide around the formal interior, decorated with antique sketches, where plush banquettes offer a discreet retreat from the main dining room. The whole-hearted menu of traditional British food specialises in classic game cookery, oysters, pies and puddings, featuring game birds, roe deer and Belted Galloway beef fresh from the establishment's own High Pennines estate. The wine list is a French-led affair, or there are native draught beers served in silver tankards.
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