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23 July 2014
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Rulesone star

35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB

£62.00 British Covent Garden

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  • Wine: £24.50
  • Champagne: £67.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-11.45pm (Sun -10.45pm)

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Established back in 1798, London’s oldest restaurant remains a paragon of patriotic virtues – despite the odd wink to modernity. Its splendidly archaic decor and aristocratic menu have stood the test of time, as antlers, grand paintings and sketches of notable patrons such as Charles Dickens look down from the crowded walls of the cosy panelled dining room. Not surprisingly, Rules has been used as a set for Downton Abbey, but don’t expect high drama on the plate; instead, dapper staff serve up reliably good renditions of evergreens such as potted shrimps, trencherman steak and kidney pie or apple crumble with custard. Game from the restaurant’s Yorkshire estate is a real draw in chilly months – think rich venison rillettes, wild-rabbit hotpot or roast pheasant with bacon and Calvados cream – all backed by a great selection of rustic Rhône reds.

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  1. Rules

    35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB
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    Continental Diner
      Platinum Reviewer  (110)

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 6

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    35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB
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    Richard E.
      Platinum Reviewer  (129)
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 7

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  3. Rules

    35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB
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    Natalie B.
        (5)
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 3
    • Service: 2
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 4

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  4. Rules

    35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB
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    Chris M.
        (1)
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 3
    • Service: 4
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 3

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  5. Rules

    35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB
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    Christopher J.
      Gold Reviewer  (54)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 7

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  6. Rules

    35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB
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    Paul E.
        (4)
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 5

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  7. Rules

    35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB
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    Emyr T.
      Gold Reviewer  (26)
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 7

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  8. Rules

    35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB
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    Eddie
        (7)

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 6

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  9. Rules

    35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB
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    Michela P.
        (1)
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 1
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 2
    • Value: 1

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  10. Rules

    35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB
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    Mike H.
        (4)
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 3
    • Value: 3

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  1. Published : Monday, 17th March 2014

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    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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