― Elizabeth von Arnim, The Enchanted April
Last week I headed with a group of colleagues to Rules for a Christmas dinner.
It's nestled in Covent Garden's Maiden Lane and is famous for being the oldest restaurant
in London. It's a bit like stepping back in time, from the doorman to the decor and I love the
waiting seats, pictured above, they're very regal! It's very well known for it's Christmas decor,
even the bust statues had Santa hats on.
Tip; there's a cocktail bar upstairs but it has limited room so don't bank on being able to get in
before your meal.
Now you may know by now I'm a bit of a fussy eater, so we called ahead to ask them to
reinstate the fish and chips to the menu which they gracefully did. It's mainly game that is
served, they have their own fisheries and farms and everything is so tasty and fresh. However
it's not really a restaurant I'd recommend for vegetarians as the choices are a little limited.
We started off with the Kate Middleton cocktail, which was a blend of vodka, gin and
crystallised violets. It was scrummy, but at almost £15 I can't pretend it was good value!
I swiftly moved onto cosmos, served at the table from the shaker - a nice touch. I didn't have room for dessert, but there was a golden syrup sponge pudding that I had my eye on it looked delicious. The service at Rules is amazing, our waiter even brought me a bottle of Heinz finest on a doily which I loved as I'm a ketchup super fan. Everytime our glasses were low they'd top up the wine, beats Zizzi!
For a celebration or treat meal, Rules is perfect for the meat loving gang. Book ahead as it gets really busy.