Maiden Lane in Covent Garden has a whole host of dining choices but Rules has been a staple of the street for many years. Grab your top hats, your favourite shoes and step inside to experience the finesse of “London’s Oldest Restaurant.” This week, the Private Dining London team do just that…
The Rules experience starts from the very beginning when diners are greeted by a doorman into the warming, characterful reception area of the restaurant. Reds, browns and gold colours run throughout the interiors. Divided in a circular arrangement, the main restaurant can be found on the ground floor and is adorned with paintings, photographs, flower arrangements and stained glass. For events, there are two wood panelled private dining rooms on the first floor of different sizes. For small groups, The John Betjeman Room (named after the Poet Laureate) seats up to 10 guests and is at the back of the building. The larger private dining room, The Graham Greene Room (named after the novelist) which seats 18 guests overlooks Maiden Lane at the front. Flush white table clothes, sparkling silver cutlery, booklet menus and fresh flowers adorn the tables and give the sense that every detail has been thought of by their team. The private dining rooms keep to the old-fashioned style to purposefully embrace the essence of the restaurant and we cannot doubt that there are groups that are attracted to this quintessentially British style.
Choosing Oysters for starters on a hot day was both refreshing and satisfying with three varieties offering different tastes whilst the asparagus salad is a tasty light choice to start off the meal. For main course we opted to share the Rib of Beef between us and we definitely weren’t disappointed. The Beef came perfectly pink alongside two humongous Yorkshire puddings, some creamed spinach and jus/gravy to accompany. The potatoes are delicious and our favourite side dish. Beautifully presented and if you had a large group, this dish would be a real party piece for the centre of the table. Moving on to puddings (note: not dessert) the apple crumble with hazelnuts and almonds was crunchy and rich over large chunks of apple, yummy! We aren’t surprised that Rules, named after the founder Thomas Rules, has become a British institution since first being registered on the site in 1798. They’ve had many famous visitors in their time and even featured in a Bond film. Choose Rules for delicious food, old-fashioned service and historical ambience. Choose their private dining rooms to celebrate English tradition in style and we can tell you that you will have the most excellent time in the hands of the Rules team.
Rules Restaurant, 35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7LB