Harden's survey result
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“History oozes out of the walls” of London’s oldest restaurant (established 1798) – still one of its most “iconic”, whose “olde-worlde, panelled interior” has a “priceless warmth and depth”. Many a Londoner still considers it “a reliable old favourite” for “traditional British roasts, games, pies and oysters”, but it has seemed more and more “overpriced” in recent times – any more, and it will achieve the Covent Garden tourist-trap status it’s heretofore miraculously avoided.
“Even if you would normally avoid tourist spots like the plague”, London’s oldest restaurant (Covent Garden, 1798) satisfies even sceptical visitors with its “truly historic” interior and “proud-to-be-old-fashioned” menu, majoring in meat, game and “old-school puds”; one caution though – it’s getting “oh oh so expensive”.
“For tourists, but not touristy”; with its “beautiful” antique interior, London’s oldest restaurant (Covent Garden, 1798) may be perennially packed with visitors but – with its “true” English fare and “seamless” service – it mercifully transcends its tourist-trap potential; game a speciality.
“Full of wealthy tourists”, it may be, but London’s oldest restaurant (1798) has a genuinely “lovely”, “old school” ambience, and still strikes many (if not quite all) of the natives as “living up to its history” – the beef, in particular, is “excellent”, and the game “the best in town”.
Rules Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Racist and rude staff. Also when manager was confronted about the unnecessary hostilaty towards our table, he denied racist attitude, and mentioned server was upset because one person on the table did not order an entree and instead choose a few appetizers, side dishes, and dessert! apparently they have an unspoken rule about every single person on table ordering an entree, even-though we ordered ~70GBP worth of food dishes per person (more than price of any single entree)!! bizarre and twisted service!! They also happen to mention the rule after they took our money and disrespected the whole table during the meal...Will never return!"
"It's Rules. You know what you're getting - good English food, wonderful game and a superb Bloody Mary in the bar upstairs."
35 Maiden Ln, London, WC2E 7LB
all day noon - 11.30 pm
Last orders: 11.45 pm, Sun 10.45 pm