Rules Restaurant


The oldest restaurant in London, Rules has been serving traditional British food since 1798. Once frequented by Charles Dickens and H.G Wells, the restaurant has retained its historical charm, and remains committed to offering fine, authentic cuisine.Tuxedoed waiters glide around the formal interior, decorated with antique sketches, where plush banquettes offer a discreet retreat from the main dining room. The hearty 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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Rules Restaurant

35 Maiden Lane
Covent Garden
+44 (020) 7836 5314
Yelp Reviews

4.0 out of 5 based on 156 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Rules Restaurant

2.0 out of 5 25 July 2016
by Yuji T.

I think their food are from 1798 as well...

Veal: well.. You have to taste with your eyes first.. It looks like 7£ food, and taste like 10£. But cost 30£

Oyster: it's just ok, but too expensive.

The yearprobably is the only thing left here.more

5.0 out of 5 24 July 2016
by Kyu L.

Got a 8:30pm reservation for 1 on Sunday night. That's a bit later than I'm used to but boy am I glad I got it and kept the reservation!

So so: fish soup.

Good and Interesting: beer in a silver mug. I had Guiness and it stayed cold to the last drop!

All the desserts looked great...I had the dark was moist and the bottom was crunchy (maybe toffee?)

Great: I tried 2 of all three...more

4.0 out of 5 9 July 2016
by Brooke Y.

Rules is the oldest restaurant in London and is steeped in tradition. It is not simply trading on history and remains an exceptional restaurant serving traditional English fare. The last visit I started with the pea soup, which was fine but not excellent. I then had the suckling pig, which came hoof and all. It was tender and well portioned. Beer selection is poor but the wine list is...more

1.0 out of 5 22 June 2016
by Saki B.


I used to frequent Rules as a child and always recommended my friends abroad to dine here for a truly magical British experience. Pies overflowing the with gravy, everything is bountiful

and steaming hot with hushed tones and austere dining with wonderful wait staff.

It's been 4 yrs since I have been here and I repent. I repent for sending anyone to this horrific place.


3.0 out of 5 11 November 2015
by Kelvin C.

This place makes me LOL. On one hand the food was decent. On the other, the service was probably the most pretentious, snobby, nose up in the air @#(%@, that I have ever experienced. Seriously, I could have practically tasted the waiters nose hairs if he came any closer to us. It's not like we weren't well dressed, or spoke sh*tty was just Mr.Belvedere doing his PMS thing....more

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