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English Restaurant££££
City of Westminster, Covent Garden
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    Has a stamp of approval from New York Habitat and Epicurious
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    Natalia Q.
    "Rules has the distinction of being the oldest restaurant in London"(6 Tips)
    Mark M.
    "Try the steak and kidney pudding downstairs - incredible."(4 Tips)
    Maipear C.
    "Try the Sticky Toffee Pudding - Love it"(3 Tips)
    Peter K.
    "Game, Roastbeef & Sticky Toffee Pudding!!!"(3 Tips)
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  • Woolly K.
    Woolly KnickersAugust 13, 2012
    The Tradesman's entrance was created to enable a Royal rendezvous with an actress. Save room for one of their fabulous deserts, such as their current Chocolate & Caramel tart - glossy, dark and rich.
  • Rylan H.heart icon on user image
    Rylan HoleyFebruary 12, 2015
    So happy we came here. They let us in late and we had an astonishing meal. Wonderful selection of Game dishes but I went for the delicous Pig Cheeks. Finish it off with Sticky Toffee Pudding! Bravo.
  • John G.heart icon on user image
    John GibbonsSeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Bar upstairs open until 11:30 Mon-Sat and 10:30 Sun. Nice, calm place to have a well-crafted drink in a sophisticated atmosphere in an area of the city that can get a bit out of hand.
  • Paul G.heart icon on user image
    Paul GallagherJanuary 16, 2016
    Delicious British dishes! The steak and kidney suet pudding was delicious, just how it should be made. Venison carpaccio was excellent too.
  • Oscar T.heart icon on user image
    Oscar TrellesNovember 25, 2014
    Oldest operating restaurant in London. Start with some native oysters, then have some rabbit, duck or some steak and kidney pie. The Golden Syrup Sponge Cake is a must if you have a sweet tooth.
  • Eat Your World
    Eat Your WorldJuly 25, 2012
    It’s the granddaddy of authentic British eateries, spotlighting high-quality traditional cookery. Have a drink upstairs, then try the buttery potted shrimps, steak & kidney pudding, trifle, etc.
  • Kevin D.heart icon on user image
    Kevin DulinJune 10, 2017
    Lovely interior. The venison stroganoff was delicious! Great cocktails as well.
  • Halle F.
    Halle FarajJanuary 2, 2014
    Booking is a must but they can accept late night walk-ins. The staff are really friendly welcoming and accommodating to specific taste. The mash potatoes was the best I've ever had in my life :)
  • Jeremy B.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy BassinderDecember 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The steak and kidney pudding is the dish I've been having here for 20 years. Each time I visit I tell myself I'll have something different and then can't bring myself to do it.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    The steak and kidney pie, the quintessential British dish, still comes served in a stiffly pleated paper ruff. The pie crust is golden and buttery, and it gives way to a velvety stew of tender meat. Read more
  • Steven W.heart icon on user image
    Steven WallerFebruary 13, 2016
    I recommend a cocktail on the upper floor of the restaurant. A tracheal authentic experience with a decent selection of drinks...
  • The Times and Sunday Times
    ... the unreconstructed British cooking is top-hole, with a great steak and kidney pudding and unbeatable beef from their own Belted Galloway herd available every January-February. Read more
  • Aidan H.heart icon on user image
    Aidan HornsbyDecember 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of London's best (and quietest) cocktail bars. Chat to the bartender(s) about what you like — they're extremely knowledgable and happy to make a drink just for you.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    London's oldest restaurant, dates back to 1798 in Covent Garden and is as classic British as it gets, serving game, steak, kidney pie, and puddings. Read more
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatApril 10, 2012
    This might be the oldest restaurant in London, but that definitely doesn’t mean it’s antiquated! The service is fantastic and the classic game cookery simply delicious.
  • Simon W.
    Simon WillisonDecember 16, 2017
    Best syrup sponge I've ever eaten - and it came with outstanding custard
  • Zoran L.heart icon on user image
    Zoran LorkovicJuly 31, 2021
    Sugar Cured Bacon Chop. Top! Highly recommend it. But please be aware, you’ll struggle to have a pudding after that meal.
  • Nataly C.
    The oldest restaurant in London. It serves traditional British food, specialising in classic game cookery, oysters, pies and puddings. A Must!
  • Luke D.
    Luke DeardsOctober 22, 2012
    Oldest restaurant in London. Established in 1798 by Thomas Rules, the restaurant specializes in traditional British food such as game, oysters, pies, and puddings.
  • Mark M.heart icon on user image
    Mark MakinMarch 5, 2016
    Best place in London for Martinis. Try the steak and kidney pudding downstairs - incredible. Sublime service 5 stars!
  • Kristina B.
    Kristina BosakDecember 14, 2017
    Great traditional British Restaurant in the heart of London! Amazing meat choice, venison is highly recommended.
  • James P.
    James Pimentel-PintoAugust 18, 2012
    My grandfather was a world leading patisserie chef in the 40s-60s who worked in some of the best restaurants. He always loved Rules and so do I. Nostalgic and reminders of another ago of England.
  • Jamesheart icon on user image
    JamesApril 22, 2016
    Great cocktail establishment upstairs, superb British restaurant downstairs - a must do when in London.
  • Stefan S.heart icon on user image
    Stefan SvenssonOctober 28, 2016
    Nice drinks in the bar on the first floor, good getaway from the crowds in the pubs on street level.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousMarch 24, 2015
    The creamy pheasant pie is good, though save some room for the raspberry trifle, which is anything but a trifling thing. Read more
  • BarChick
    BarChickFebruary 2, 2012
    This place has charm, some seriously good drinks and downstairs has some delicious food and to top it all off there's a fireplace in the bar - dreamy! Read more
  • Adam P.
    Adam PepperNovember 2, 2011
    The cocktail bar above the restaurant is the perfect spot to escape the crowds and recharge with drinks and nibbles during a Covent Garden shopping spree. Bliss.
  • Martin T.
    Martin TiedemannMay 20, 2012
    2 August: Founded by Thomas Rule in 1798, this is London's oldest restaurant. John Betjeman described the interior as 'unique and irreplaceable, and part of literary and theatrical London.'
  • Sally Doris K.
    Sally Doris KimJune 15, 2013
    The slow cooked short rib was by far the most delicious meal. It was on a par with the short rib from Dinner (Heston)
  • Kit&kafoodleheart icon on user image
    Kit&kafoodleOctober 18, 2014
    Very expensive but well cooked game meats, the venison was nice but needed mash to fill it out. Loved the foie gras terrine. Nice interior decor.
  • Jeremy B.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy BassinderDecember 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The cocktail bar upstairs is a perfect place for a quiet drink and the cocktails are fab.
  • Nick R.
    Nick RinkOctober 10, 2013
    If you've got room for dessert then you can't go wrong with the syrup sponge & custard. Proper tasty!
  • Kelly F.heart icon on user image
    Kelly FergusobJuly 2, 2015
    The oldest restaurant in London. The food is nothing spectacular, but the experience may be worth the trip.
  • James M.heart icon on user image
    James MartinJanuary 22, 2023
    Smoked eel starter - delicious!
  • Yue W.heart icon on user image
    Yue WangFebruary 24, 2018
    Excellent steak and amazing environment!!
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 23, 2010
    London's oldest restaurant hasn't changed much since it opened in 1798 and we aren't complaining. Try the traditional steak & kidney pie, buttery on the outside and tender on the inside.
  • BarChick
    BarChickNovember 22, 2011
    Squeeze past the liveried doorman & head up the side stairs and you’ll find a fantastically camp old school gentleman’s cocktail bar Read more
  • Barry G.heart icon on user image
    Barry GuettlerMarch 12, 2018
    Lovely old school place...excellent food and atmosphere.
  • Lauren R.
    Lauren Rubin TileyFebruary 19, 2012
    Technically a restaurant, and one of the oldest in London at that. Enjoy the history along with great drinks.
  • Kenneth S.
    Kenneth SnyderJune 29, 2012
    Just thought people might want to see the menu (attached). I'm still waiting to order so no views on the food but the service is friendly.
  • Brian B.heart icon on user image
    Brian BilboFebruary 9, 2018
    Have 'Sunday Roast' at this traditional english restaurant!
  • Martin
    MartinApril 7, 2016
    Rib of beef for 2 was incredible!
  • Amber A.
    Amber AldredAugust 26, 2011
    Don't go passed the cheese after dinner, it is a real experience, I have never had anything like it! Stilton to die for.
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BonnerFebruary 11, 2012
    Start off upstairs in the bar for quintessentially old school cocktails. Venison always a solid item
  • Marcus I.
    Marcus IlesMarch 31, 2010
    Lovely restaurant, food's traditional but yum and the wine list is fantastic. The sort of atmosphere you could get lost in on a cold night in London.
  • M A.heart icon on user image
    M AmourDecember 2, 2018
    Classic recipes perfected👌🏻over 💯 plus years!
  • BarChick
    BarChickFebruary 1, 2012
    To accompany your classic cocktail you get a slab of Stilton and a biscuit! Random, salty and fattening but low carb, so it’s fine, if you give a sh*t. Read more
  • Tim V.heart icon on user image
    Tim VetterFebruary 22, 2013
    When a man is tired of Rules, he is tired of Life. -- Samuel Johnson, if he had lived 14 years longer.
  • Natalia Q.
    Natalia QuinteroMarch 19, 2016
    Operating since 1798, Rules has the distinction of being the oldest restaurant in London (as they point out, their existence has spanned the rule of eight monarchs).
  • GinMonkey
    GinMonkeyMay 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Old school cocktail bar in Covent Garden. Brian is an absolute legend and creates truly stunning cocktails. Read more
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