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English Restaurant££££
City of Westminster, London
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  • The experts at Epicurious and New York Habitat recommend this place
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  • Natalia Q.
    "Rules has the distinction of being the oldest restaurant in London"(7 Tips)
    Mark M.
    "Try the steak and kidney pudding downstairs - incredible."(4 Tips)
    Maipear C.
    "Try the Sticky Toffee Pudding - Love it"(3 Tips)
    Luke D.
    "traditional British food such as game"(2 Tips)
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  • Andy G.
    Andy Grover2 weeks ago
    Best steak and kidney pudding anywhere!
  • Brian B.
    Brian BilboAugust 23
    Stroganoff is good here
  • Kevin D.
    Lovely interior. The venison stroganoff was delicious! Great cocktails as well.
  • Mirella🐚 D.
    Almond hazelnut crumble...nothing else
  • Stefan S.
    Stefan SvenssonOctober 28, 2016
    Nice drinks in the bar on the first floor, good getaway from the crowds in the pubs on street level.
  • Carlis L.
    Carlis LollieJune 22, 2016
    Disappointing!
  • Tony B.
    Tony BurkeJune 14, 2016
    Great food in a very individual atmosphere
  • James S.
    James SApril 22, 2016
    Great cocktail establishment upstairs, superb British restaurant downstairs - a must do when in London.
  • James S.
    James SApril 22, 2016
    Cocktails, chin wags, chintz.
  • Martin
    MartinApril 7, 2016
    Rib of beef for 2 was incredible!
  • Caroline W.
    Caroline WilsonMarch 27, 2016
    Like a cold school dinner sadly. Resting heavily on its laurels.
  • 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).
  • Mark M.
    Mark MakinMarch 5, 2016
    Best place in London for Martinis. Try the steak and kidney pudding downstairs - incredible. Sublime service 5 stars!
  • Luke D.
    Luke DawkinsFebruary 26, 2016
    Quints entail English
  • Steven W.
    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...
  • Paul G.
    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.
  • Jurij S.
    Jurij SubbotinSeptember 18, 2015
    It's expensive and rating of 2 poundsigns is wrong.
  • Kelly F.
    Kelly FergusobJuly 2, 2015
    The oldest restaurant in London. The food is nothing spectacular, but the experience may be worth the trip.
  • Guy C.
    Guy CorbetJune 19, 2015
    Very attentive service. Old school, as you'd expect
  • 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
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah TaylorFebruary 16, 2015
    Negroni Rosas. That is all
  • Rylan H.
    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.
  • Being Fatty
    Being FattyJanuary 9, 2015
    Loved the golden syrup dessert
  • Allyson G.
    Allyson GDecember 18, 2014
    Cocktails really nice but service is diabolical. Staff are rude and snooty. I wouldn't recommended it and I will not be returning.
  • Aidan H.
    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.
  • Jeremy B.
    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.
  • Jeremy B.
    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.
  • Being Fatty
    Being FattyNovember 27, 2014
    Wild game is delicious here.
  • Oscar T.
    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.
  • Paul L.
    Paul LauNovember 14, 2014
    The daube beef is basically the best beef stew ever.
  • Kit&kafoodle
    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.
  • 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
  • Hervé
    HervéSeptember 6, 2014
    Amazing restaurant, the duck was perfect!
  • Oliver S.
    Oliver ShreeveAugust 7, 2014
    Games restaurant, and I really don't know where you would get game elsewhere in London.
  • 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
  • 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
  • François T.
    François TomasJune 22, 2014
    Unbeatable in his category ! It rules !
  • Randolph D.
    Try the Lamb 😃
  • Geoff S.
    Geoff StearnsMarch 28, 2014
    Go up the stairs.
  • 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 :)
  • Ed S.
    Ed SNovember 17, 2013
    Phenomenal. As always.
  • Nil Y.
    Nil YrtsvnOctober 16, 2013
    Apple & sultana crumble is a must !
  • 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!
  • John G.
    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.
  • Nataly C.
    The oldest restaurant in London. It serves traditional British food, specialising in classic game cookery, oysters, pies and puddings. A Must!
  • 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)
  • Alex S.
    Alex SarcoJune 5, 2013
    The place is nice, but the food and service were nothing out of the ordinary. The best thing was dessert.
  • Tim V.
    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.
  • Fer V.
    Fer ValenzuelaFebruary 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    1. Rabbit on Toast 2. Roast Rump of Lamb 3. Golden syrup sponge pudding 4. Heaven
  • Maipear C.
    Maipear ChDecember 22, 2012
    Try the Sticky Toffee Pudding - Love it
  • Peter K.
    Peter KimmelDecember 17, 2012
    Game, Roastbeef & Sticky Toffee Pudding!!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pdouble0k ⚡.
    Pdouble0k ⚡️July 22, 2012
    Pea soup, Pork cheeks and pork belly are awesome!
  • 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.
  • Jose P.
    Jose PardoJune 23, 2012
    Good food bad service. If management is reading this please ask your employees to smile and behave, otherwise the restaurant will loss clients (i am not going to repeat not to reccomend to anyone)
  • 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.'
  • NiKkOs@n (ニコラ)
    NiKkOs@n (ニコラ)April 16, 2012
    The Venison Fillet is to die for!!! #YUMMY
  • 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.
  • Nick R.
    Nick RiggallApril 9, 2012
    The cod is awesome. And the fried egg and spinach are surprisingly complimentary.
  • 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.
  • Evi F.
    Evi FetsiFebruary 11, 2012
    Try the Roast Beef
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BonnerFebruary 11, 2012
    Start off upstairs in the bar for quintessentially old school cocktails. Venison always a solid item
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nimrod K.
    Nimrod K.November 12, 2011
    strictly come dancing
  • 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.
  • Lizzy N.
    Lizzy NakielnyOctober 27, 2011
    Old school British cuisine. Specialising in game
  • Eric H.
    Eric HuangOctober 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The clientele are very Christian and do NOT like swearing.
  • AskMen
    AskMenSeptember 15, 2011
    Brian Silva makes the best drinks in London, and the first shuddering sip whisks us right back to the French Quarter. Read more
  • Nico S.
    Nico SolitisSeptember 2, 2011
    My humble opinion, Rules rules!
  • 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.
  • Michael D.
    Michael Davis-MarksAugust 24, 2011
    The rib of beef on the bone (for two) is the best in London.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HuangAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Lots of celebs spotting, though tonight's visit was the first star-free night.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WhiteJuly 30, 2011
    Don't go with anyone likely to order a Mojito - as they refuse to make them! Do order a Martini. Read more
  • Alessio B.
    Alessio BrottoJuly 28, 2011
    Tarte Tatin here rocks
  • Lizzie M.
    Lizzie MJuly 10, 2011
    The bar upstairs is great; Brian Silva is one of the best cocktail makers around.
  • 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
  • Dave R.
    Dave RApril 30, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The rabbit on toast is awesome
  • Dave R.
    Dave RApril 30, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best Dirty Martini in London
  • OVP
    OVPFebruary 6, 2011
    Try the gin martini with cucumber on the rock (it's more like a iceberg, hence the singular).
  • 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.
  • Alison R.
    Alison RothwellJune 25, 2010
    Look at the amazing decor and make sure you ask for a seat at the back of the restaurant where you get the best views :) Read more
  • Darren W.
    Darren WomackApril 23, 2010
    Private dining rooms are incredible with lots of the history of past diners on the wall - try The Dickens Room with its secret staircase or The Graham Greene Room with props from Our Man in Havanna
  • 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.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SilverMarch 8, 2010
    Sticky toffey pudding
  • AskMen
    AskMenFebruary 19, 2010
    If you're looking for the the perfect Sazerac than look no further. Also one of the oldest restaurants in London. Check it out.
  • Olav A. W.
    Olav A. WaschkiesAugust 13, 2016
    Ältestes Restaurant Londons. Top Service, sehr britisches Essen und ein kaltes London Pride im Silberkrug. Top!
  • Maria P.
    Maria PaccianiOctober 29, 2015
    Todo los a comí
  • Yener G.
    Yener GÜLAugust 3, 2015
    Londra'nın en eski restoranı olması ve bunu hissettiren ambiyansı pahalı oluşunu karşılar mı iyi düşünmek lazım. Gerçi öle abartı pahalı da değil sonuçta, ziyarete değer 😊
  • Federico M.
    Federico MencucciFebruary 2, 2015
    La cacciagione è il top e il bar al secondo piano con il caminetto acceso è da visitare
  • Dimulka D.
    Dimulka DanilenkoNovember 7, 2013
    Потрясающе
  • Andy
    AndySeptember 7, 2012
    Культовое место, приятная обстановка, запись за неделю. Все вкусно. Попробовать Эль. Свежие устрицы.
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