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Come, escape the 21st century. Opened by Thomas Rule in 1798, London's oldest restaurant is, according to some, still London's most beautiful. The main dining salons are, indeed, an all-round olde-world wonderland, what Maxim's is to Paris. The décor begins with the plush red banquettes, lacquered yellow walls, and spectacular etched-glass skylights. Then, in High Victorian fashion, every nook and cranny is covered with vintage needlepoints, Regency oil paintings, antique clocks, stuffed pheasants, antlers, bronze figurines, and hundreds of framed prints. Little wonder Rules has been a stage across which everyone from Charles Dickens to Laurence Olivier has pranced. For your shining day—be sure to ask for a table in one of the "glass house" skylight rooms, the bar area, or the cute Maggie Thatcher corner—dig into the menu's pricey and historic British dishes, such as steak-and-kidney pie, jugged hare, or roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. For a real taste of the 18th century, you can choose, in season, daily specials of fabulous game from the restaurant's High Pennines estate, including grouse, partridge, snipe, and woodcock.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 35 Maiden La., Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7LB | Map It
  • Phone: 020/7836–5314
  • Website:
  • Tube: Covent Garden.
  • Location: Covent Garden

    Restaurant Details

  • Jacket required.
  • Reservations essential.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 03-06-2014

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    Great Pre-Theatre Dining

    We dined at Rules in Sept 2006. The decor was terrific: red velvet booths, lots of British bits & pieces to look at. I started with a Pims Cup and had the foie gras appetizer. My husband had the lobster bisque and it was absolutely delicious. Hubby also had the Irish Beef and thought it was the best steak he had ever had. He didn't bother too much with the Bernaise sauce because the beef was so good on its own. Dessert was also good - I went for the Queen of Puddings (what else? I was trying to have the most British of Experiences).
    Dinner was pricey - about $200 US. But we had a lovely time and then headed to the theatre.

    by halfapair, 3/1/07

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