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July 2019: Rules has introduced an afternoon tea; it's served on the first floor where once Edward VII and his mistress Lillie Langtry dined in private.

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£77
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“If one wants to wow a visitor to London” then this superbly atmospheric Covent Garden “old timer” – the capital’s oldest restaurant to operate continuously on the same site (since 1798) – is just the ticket. The “amazing”, “traditional” panelled interior is “very impressive”; and although the “classic British cooking” (rib of beef, game in season, steak ’n’ kidney) is decidedly “not cheap” and doesn’t please everyone, it mostly makes a decent fist of flying the native culinary flag. Given its prime location, it can inevitably be “overrun with tourists” at times, but it’s still a big hit with many locals too.

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£78
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Like stepping into a time warp” – London’s oldest restaurant (in these Covent Garden premises since 1798) is a magnificent period piece, complete with a gorgeous panelled interior. Inevitably it’s “very touristy”, although many Londoners also harbour a very soft spot for the old place. That said, its “old-school British cooking” has been better in living memory and many reporters continue to find “prices are high for rather indifferent food”: “our American friends were happy, but we were not impressed and the steak ’n’ kidney pudding was not as good as we remembered!” Top Tip – “unbeatable game in season”.

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£78
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Step into London’s history” on entering the capital’s oldest restaurant (established 1798), whose “stunning” panelled premises near Covent Garden have a “timeless feel – Victorian diners wouldn’t look out of place, nor modern, open-collared business folk”. For “so-traditional British fare” (“wonderful game” and “top steak puddings”) it can still deliver “old-school perfection”, and though “foreign visitors love it”, it’s still “an absolute favourite” for many locals. That said, they need to watch the ever-more “inflated prices” here: “step this way and empty your wallet!”

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£78
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Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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.

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Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair, Portions
8, 16
No shorts
133
Yes

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£12.95 £28.95 £8.25
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £32.00
Filter Coffee £3.95
Extras  
Service 10.00%
35 Maiden Ln, London, WC2E 7LB
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑10:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑10:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑10:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑10:30 pm

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