One of London's oldest restaurants (reputedly started by Thomas Rule in 1798) - and throughout the years sticking fervently to traditional British cooking. Over the last period of time, there were signs that the restaurant was 'going through the motions'; although even in bleak times, the game season always livened things up. However, during the last few years, a new enthusiasm has returned to the kitchen - making Rules again a real 'destination restaurant'.
The menu follows the seasons and their list of suppliers has been built up after years of experience, but depending on the time of year, expect to begin with the likes of 'Mutton Broth'; 'Smoked Roe Deer and Wiltshire Rabbit Terrine with Pistachio's'; 'Potted Morecambe Bay Shrimps with Melba Toast' or of course 'Oysters'.
Maybe follow with 'Hand Raised Pie of the Day with Hot Savoy Cabbage'; 'Steak, Kidney and Oyster Pudding'; 'Salmon and Crab Cakes with Tomato Relish and Spinach'; 'Whole Roast Squab with Potato Rosti & Cabbage' or 'Fillet of Sea Bass with Endive, Cauliflower Purée & Curry Oil' - plus a the choice of a feast of game during autumn and winter months.
If you have room, 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce' or 'Crème Brulée with Lavender Shortbreads' might tempt you - as will their choice of award-winning British Cheeses.
Their dress code of the past has gone, although they still prefer smart casual - and definitely no shorts, or mobile phones!
Excellent service, from friendly staff.
- Food Style: British Traditional
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-23.45 (Sun 22.45); mains about £19 to £36
- Dinner: all week, 12.00-23.45 (Sun 22.45); mains about £19 to £36
- Seats: 93
- Wine: a mainly French list, specialises in the more prestigious French regions and kicks off in the high £20's
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Covent Garden Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: a few days at Christmas, please enquire
- Air conditioned