Head to Rules in Covent Garden and dine on Wild Game like Pheasant and Squab in London’s oldest restaurant.
Rules was established by Thomas Rule in 1798, as a promise to his family that he would say goodbye to his wayward past and settle down. Since then, the restaurant has only passed through three families during its history. Famously it changed hands just before the First World War when Charles Rule decided to move to Paris and swapped restaurants with Tom Bell, a Brit who owned a Parisian restaurant. It remained in the Bell family until his daughter sold it to its current owner in 1984.
Dining at Rules is an event. It makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time as the waiters are still dressed in tuxedos and they serve game based on the season. The waiters are very knowledgeable about the meat and creepily enough will bring you one of the stuffed game birds displayed around the restaurant to show you what you’ll be eating. I opted not to try the squab pigeon and settled on a traditional Rib of Beef on the bone with the largest Yorkshire pudding I’ve ever seen. It was almost as big as my head.
Fabulous surroundings, fantastic food, it makes you feel posh for just one night. I just wish someone had told the lady who walked in with full sequined velvet track suit with “Juicy” scrawled across her ass…
Rules 35 Maiden Lane Covent Garden, London WC2E 7LB