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|Address:||35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB|
|Tel:||020 7836 5314|
|Price: £62.00||Wine: £24.50||Champagne: £67.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11.45pm (Sun -10.45pm)|
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The idea of Rules gets me frothing at the mouth. An institution of British tradition, well sourced British ingredients, particularly the meats, and well heeled serving staff that know a thing or two about service and traditional food. I've eaten here a couple of times recently for business lunches and I have been disappointed both times. The service is slow, inattentive and on occasion annoying. My spicy tomato juice was so heavily spiced it was brown in colour and acidic, perhaps I thought a bit of over enthusiastic seasoning until the waiter reassuringly informed me that it was in fact I who was wrong and that the recipe was over 200 years old. He later came back with a replacement admitting that my first had been an anomaly! The food was good but took a long time to come and it was almost impossible to get the attention of one of the many serving staff to enquire of its whereabouts. Tradition is all well and good, but the year is 2010 and I for one feel the need for a blend of modern standards when it comes to service. I suspect things will have to change if the management intend to get another 200 years of loyal local patronage – if this is indeed who Rules is even trying to appeal to.