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#641 of 17,320 Restaurants in London
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European, British
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours

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Covent Garden
0.2 km from Trafalgar Square
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London's oldest restaurant boasts a fine collection of antique cartoons, drawings and paintings. Tradition continues in the menu, specialising in game ...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
Comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The most perfect evening, with fabulous food, beautiful setting and superb service. We were celebrating and started the evening upstairs with a cocktail - super delicious! The grouse was out of this world, the oysters were delicious and the pudding will haunt my dreams. Manners...went out of the window with the custard, it was swiftly devoured with a spoon. The wine was perfect, the champagne more so. Without question, the best meal I have ever had in a restaurant and my next visit cannot come soon enough.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Arrived at the restaurant and very impressed with the interior; particularly with the Christmas decorations this time of year. However we were sat in a very brightly lit corner with several spotlights above our heads, so we didn't get the atmosphere of the place at...all. we were also in direct line of the front door so got a cold blast every time it opened, which was often. definitely the worst seats in the house!.. so immediately a bit disappointed. The starters came quickly and these were delicious. i ordered the duck for main and unfortunately this was so bad i couldn't eat it. it literally stunk and tasted of poo, i've never come across anything like it. we did complain and the dish was taken back to the kitchen.. i was told it was fine but how could it be? - it's put me off duck for a long time now! Puddings were given for free due to the issue, and these were lovely. The waiters and service was excellent, just a shame the food was so bad. Very poor experience overall and a real waste of what should have been a nice eveningMore

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A party of seven of us recently visited Rules for a family member’s milestone birthday. Having hired one of the private dining rooms, we were treated to excellent service. The food and drink were just as good, catering for all the necessary dietary requirements within...our party.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our second visit here, as we'd been here in 2017 with friends. I'd been trying to get in for our anniversary ever since, but left it too late on two occasions, then missed out in 2020 due to covid. Cocktail bar is wonderful, I couldn't...decide what cocktail to have and the head barkeep (hope I'm getting the title correct here) told me he does a great Bloody Mary - he was right. I had a steak again, as I had such a good one last time and wasn't disappointed. I hope to come back next year for our anniversary again.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice atmosphere, classic decor. Nice selection on menu for wine and food Great service and pleasant staff. There is obvious no dresscode anymore , ref their website on this restaurant, so come as you are:)

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great restaurant. We have visited here on numerous occasions with family and friends. The whole ambiance is wonderful. The service is excellent. The only small criticism I would make is I have had the roast rib of beef on 3 occasions and each time the...temperature is on the cold side but it tastes absolutely fabulous and it would not stop me having it again as it is so tasty.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding food, excellent service, beautiful environment what more can I say it was one of the best meals I have eaten. I will visit again when I'm in london

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Can't fault anything about our evening. From walking in to be greeted by the maitre d, to having cocktails in the upstairs bar to the meal itself, everything was perfect. The upstairs bar is the perfect way to start the evening and the service was...spot on. The restaurant is very traditional and classy. My partner had the pork terrine and I had the goats cheese tart which was divine. For mains we shared the roast rib of beef accompanied by Yorkshire pudding, greens, dauphinoise potatoes and cauliflower cheese. All were beautiful. No room for desert due to the first 2 courses so we stayed for a coffee and a brandy. Thank you to all the staff who were friendly and attentiveMore

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 28 October 2021

Late October and the fires were burning in the Reception area. A waiter hung up my coat and briefcase whilst the Maitre D checked my reservation. Very civilised yet warm welcome. Our party of 4 had a banquette alcove which was discreet and comfortable. I...ordered pints of black velvet and was delighted to note that they properly made, Champagne first followed by original Guinness, served in sliver tankards and they were magnificent. In fact my hosts took down the recipe as this was a novel experience which they wanted to replicate at Christmas family gatherings. My starter of goats cheese tart with lettuce and bacon croutons (£13.95) was satisfactory but not outstanding. Small slice of tart and microscopic bacon bits could have been improved. My main which is a traditional staple at this lovely old restaurant was steak & kidney pudding (£17.95) - beautifully cooked suet, plenty of tender meat and flavourful gravy served in little boats on the side. No problem in obtaining a refill either as the dish needs plenty of lubrication! Layered potatoes and seasonal greens (both £5.50 each) complemented this superb pudding. No desert as the pudding was sufficient - just a good cup of Capuccino. Wonderful to be back post-pandemic.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 27 October 2021

Visiting London and Booked Rules on their website for Tuesday 26th October. Turned up to the restaurant with family to find it closed. I Telephoned the restaurant and was informed its apparently closed on Mondays & Tuesdays !! Why their website allowed me to book...a Tuesday is beyond me. We were hoping to celebrate a special occasion but myself and family were left standed in a busy Covent Garden without a reservation and unable to get a table at any other restaurants. Thanks Rules ….Rule No1 update your website !!!!!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Response from AnneandSpot | Reviewed this property |
We had a fabulous meal - didn’t see a cream tea but you could email Rules and ask
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14 October 2020|
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Response from Brian M | Reviewed this property |
Not to my knowledge but they have opened an entirely new garden lounge on the 1st floor behind the bar area in the last couple of years and it is possible that this may be used for afternoon tea - definitely worth calling... More
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5