Rules
Rules is quite a London institution – of course we love it!

Rumoured to be, the oldest restaurant in London, established in the late 1700’s. Serving real traditional English food, to include : Pies, fish, game, roasts and oysters. Everything is hearty, freshly cooked and delicious!

Rules

At the door, we are greeted by a cheerie  fire and liveried footmen! Very Downton Abbey!

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We booked a table upstairs, first floor. More roaring fires and liveried footmen…

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The menu changes with the seasons. There is beef from rare breed cattle – these are reared eating outdoors and only about half a dozen or so are ever killed each year.

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Traditional british meal with all the trimmings. Bread sauce, gravy, game, roasties and some very good wine. Deserts are simple and include, spotted dick, golden syrup pudding as well as cheese selections.

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I love the cosy interiors, comfortable plush velvet sofas and crisp linen. The fireplace made it for me – such a delight after a harsh day running about in London.

The first floor dining room is my favourite, decorated with traditional hunting scenes. Those were the days... ( thankfully fox hunting is now illegal)

The first floor dining room is my very favourite, decorated with traditional hunting scenes. Those were the days… (thankfully fox hunting is now illegal and most of us no longer hunt as a sport. This wall mural is a piece of history.)

A little bit of. Architectural detail, "monkeys tail" staircase rail. Isn't it a delight?

A little bit of. Architectural detail, “monkeys tail” staircase rail. Isn’t it a delight?

Hunting dogs paintings keeping up with the theme.

Hunting dogs paintings keeping up with the theme.

Dress code is smart, I wore dark denim, Chanel cashmere and my bashed up Kelly... It was cold and raining and was delighted to sit and have a meal by the fireplace.

Dress code is smart, I wore dark denim, Chanel cashmere and my bashed up Kelly… It was cold and raining and was delighted to sit and have a meal by the fireplace.

RulesIs a popular destination and reservations are recommended. Having said that, we often pop in for a quick drink and usually manage to find a place to sit, or stand by the fire.
35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7LB

© Ladysarahinlondon

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7 thoughts on “London delights: Rules

  1. happyface313

    🙂 This place looks lovely. I especially like the fire places and the plush decor. Having said that I think you “bashed up” Kelly is the best 🙂
    HAPPY weekend to you 🙂

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  2. Virginia

    Fascinating details, thank you Lady Sarah. Wonderful that they have their own beef, raised the way they should. Your meal and wine look quite good. I know about spotted dick due to Downton, but have not heard of golden syrup pudding, sounds tasty! Hope you and LSH had a very nice night out. And, of course, great outfit.

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    1. lady sarah in london Post author

      😃 ha ha golden syrup pudding is a fairly plain sponge with golden syrup . Very sugary and traditional! Most people now are too health aware to eat that sort of thing, but we shared one with the LSH for old times sake…

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  3. dottoressa

    Really delightful! Cheerie fire on the cold rainy day!
    I like the athmosphere and am going to bookmark it
    Dottoressa

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  4. Susan

    I have been to Rules for dinner with family and friends, and it is great. Exceptional menu and the food is prepared to perfection. Presentation is wonderful. The atmosphere is old world and luxury. Thanks for bringing me back to Rules. Very fond memories. Must re-visit soon.
    Susan

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