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‘Let’s go to Rules. It’s my treat!’ declares Lady Mary Crawley in an episode of Downton Abbey. Fans of the show will know that several scenes have been filmed here – and London’s oldest restaurant (opened by Thomas Rule in 1798), with its plush carpets, wood panelling, old paintings and period sketches, needed little dressing for its star turn. Readers love the “old school charm” and most praise “top-notch service”. The cellar of beefy Rhône reds is another plus, backing a patriotic menu that’s as British as a rousing chorus of Rule, Britannia. Think potted shrimps, steak and kidney suet pudding, Lake District lamb with haggis bubble and squeak, or roast grouse shot in season at the restaurant’s own estate in Yorkshire. Traditional puds range from apple and quince crumble to golden syrup sponge. We’re sure that past patrons, from Charles Dickens to Charlie Chaplin, would approve.

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  1. Published : Monday, 17 March 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: Rules, Covent Garden

    Established in 1798, Rules is London’s oldest restaurant and even featured in an episode of Downton Abbey; the highlight of a long and lustrous existence you could say (jovial winky face!).

    It was a handsome restaurant with velour banquette seating and plush carpets. Hundreds of framed pictures and paintings, along with deer heads, hung on the wood panelled walls; it felt like old fashioned glamour. There was also a gorgeous bar upstairs which I never knew existed; definitely worth remembering...
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  1. Rules in Covent Garden is London’s oldest restaurant and after many months of thinking that I needed to check out their Gluten Free Dining options, I made a super last minute Sunday lunch reservation to see what was on offer.

    G and I both have a sweet tooth so we always check what’s on offer in the dessert section first before deciding if we want to order starters – on this occasion there were some fabulous desserts on offer so we avoided the starters in favour of something sweet later on...
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  • Address: 35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB
  • Telephone: 020 7836 5314
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-11.45pm (Sun -10.45pm)

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