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  • 35 Maiden La. Map It
  • Covent Garden
  • British
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Come, escape the 21st century. Opened in 1798, London's oldest restaurant is, according to some, still London's most beautiful. The main dining salons are, indeed, an old-world wonderland, what Maxim's is to Paris. The decor begins with plush red banquettes, lacquered yellow walls, and spectacular etched-glass skylights. Then, in High Victorian fashion, every cranny is covered with vintage needlepoint, Regency oil paintings, figurines, antlers, antique clocks, stuffed pheasants, and endless framed prints and etchings. Little wonder Rules has been a stage across which everyone from Charles Dickens to Sir Laurence Olivier has pranced. Be sure to ask for a table in one of the "glass house" skylight rooms, the bar area, or the Margaret Thatcher corner, then dig into the menu's historic British puddings and pies, like jugged hare, steak-and-kidney pie, or roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. For a taste of the 18th century, you can choose game specials from the restaurant's High Pennines Lartington estate, including roast grouse, partridge, woodcock, snipe, and ptarmigan.

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35 Maiden La., London, WC2E 7LB, England

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Published 08/18/2015


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