The pet project of Thomas Rule is no less than London's oldest restaurant, dating from over 200 years ago. Located in Covent Garden and featuring traditional uniform-sporting waiters, the place speaks of its owners' determination to preserve the genuine aura of the time: the polished bronze door-handles, velvet upholstered furniture and an impressive collection of photographs (portraits of Clark Gable, Charles Dickens et al) on the wall are all witnesses to decades of history. The resulting complete feel of authenticity alone is well worth paying a visit. A reasonable approach to gastronomic pleasures should be recommended, however: do not put off your meal at The Rules until the late hours. This is exactly what traditional British cooking is like: rich and substantial. The whitefish is literally swimming in melted butter and a hefty dollop of clotted cream is sitting on the plate next to the apple crumble pie. The helpings are on the small side; however, there is still the pudding to follow...
It would be a crime to say a single word of complaint against the service: it is top class. The restaurant is not one of the cheapest in London; the people you are most likely to notice among the patrons of the restaurant are admirers of the rich British cuisine and ancient traditions. Incidentally, the proprietors of the restaurant also own Lartington Estate, a manor with its own hunting grounds; all meat, including game, is farmed (or hunted) on family-owned land.
35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7LB
Phone: 020 7836 5314
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