Rules Restaurant

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Located in the heart of lively, fashionable Covent Garden, close to the Royal Opera House and numerous theatres, Rules is London’s oldest restaurant. Rules has an excellent reputation for fine British food, delightful décor and impeccable service.

Specialising in seasonal and game cooking, Rules has gained a vast knowledge of game through ownership of the shooting estate, Lartington Hall Park in County Durham.

Under creative head chef, David Stafford, classic British dishes are constantly developed and reinvented to the delight of regulars and newcomers alike. There are also two beautiful and historical private dining rooms ideal for up to 25 guests.

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Venue Details & Map

Rules Restaurant

35 Maiden Lane
Covent Garden
+44 (020) 7836 5314
Public transport:
Charing Cross, Covent Garden or Leicester Square underground stations. Charing Cross and Waterloo mainline stations.


Catering Facilities
Private Dining
Children Facilities
Children welcome
High chairs available
Event Facilities
In house AV available
Conference rooms / Meeting rooms
General Facilities
Free WiFi
Wi-Fi access
Payment Facilities
Credit cards accepted
Debit cards accepted
Yelp Reviews

4.0 out of 5 based on 152 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Rules Restaurant

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 26 February 2016
by Lisa A.

The food was very good I have to say, but a little too pretentious for me and I would not return based on the atmosphere and experience.

They food was expensive as well for the amount served like we ordered the rump roast and they only served 3 measly thin slices of beef with overabundance of Yorkshire pudding.

I ordered the pheasant and it was perfectly done and rich. My other friend...more

5.0 out of 5 9 February 2016
by Antony M.

Rules has a claim that it's the oldest restaurant in London, its other claim is that is can do 'English cuisine' very well... Well, it has every right to both claims. We couldn't get a seat until 9pm on Saturday but still worth the late dinning. Service was very good, and cheerful (our waitress was), décor comfortable and fun (even the Thatcher paintings). The menu really did have wide range...more

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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