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!
At the door, we are greeted by a cheerie fire and liveried footmen! Very Downton Abbey!
We booked a table upstairs, first floor. More roaring fires and liveried footmen…
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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
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