Why You Must Dine at Rules Restaurant, London’s Oldest Restaurant
Established in 1798, Rules Restaurant has been feeding guests classic British cuisine for centuries. Located near Covent Garden in central London, it serves as the ideal conclusion to a day of sightseeing.
Rules Restaurant prides itself in being one of the few restaurants in London offering solely British cuisine. Sunday roast, leg of lamb, and pheasant are just highlights from its plentiful menu. You may be wondering for a British cuisine exclusive fare, where in the world is the Beef Wellington? Well, readers, do not fret. It is still available upon request; however, note that it will only be made for parties of 4 or more. (My husband and I were disappointed that we weren’t able to order this for our anniversary being a party of 2.)
Inspired by seeing my cooking mentor Mary Berry feature Rules Restaurant on her latest series, I was intrigued to give it a try. We booked a table for our first wedding anniversary dinner. To state that this restaurant was elite and sophisticated would be an understatement. The interior reflected old-time British decor, Union Jacks adorning the furniture, and walls accented with antlers collected from their exclusive hunting ground.
After being seated in the beautiful dining room, we ordered our drinks. As it was a special occasion, we therefore, indulged. I ordered “Kate Middleton’s Royal 29” – a beautiful mix of Gin, Vodka, Lillet & Crystallized Violet Petals. The drink had me at Crystallized Violet Petals. My inner-chef gravitates to gastronomic innovations using real flowers.
The drink was a refreshing fusion of flavour. It was strong, but very satisfying to the palate. And, it came with a maraschino cherry- the perfect garnish.
My husband ordered a Guinness. Keeping with traditional presentation, he was brought his drink in a frosted tankard. What a beautiful way to present a beer, a beautiful way to begin your experience, a beautiful way to wash down your dish. My husband felt like Benjamin Franklin!
Our appetizer of duck pâté was divine. It was creamy, smooth and the perfect starter. The caramelized onions added a tangy complement to the pâté and resulted in a delicious and satisfying flavour.
Our mains followed of quintessentially British rump roast with Béarnaise sauce and a grilled leg of lamb. My rump steak was cooked to perfection and served with the Béarnaise sauce, proved indulgent and succulent. My husband raved that his lamb was grilled beautifully and proved ultimately satisfying.
And then the finale of our 3-course meal: a celebratory dessert. The staff at Rules Restaurant presented us with this beautiful wish for our anniversary. We were touched by their thoughtfulness. Truly a classy restaurant that goes the distance for its customers.
Needless to say, we left full, happy and with everlasting memories. I hope you are inspired to try the legendary London restaurant that’s been inspiring eateries and treating guests like royalty for centuries.
If you have eaten at Rules Restaurant, what did you think? Were you crowned royally?
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