1 September 2014

Back To British: Rules Restaurant

I've been lucky enough to do a fair amount of travelling this year; lazing in St Lucia, blogging in Barcelona, relaxing in Rhodes. There's nothing I enjoy more than discovering new places with my favourite people but when push comes to shove, there really is no place like home. Alex and I were on a date night and after all the tapas and delicate tasting menus I've had recently, I was craving a big plate of something comforting and delicious; something brilliantly British.

I turned to Rules to fulfil my longing. Established in 1798, it's London's oldest restaurant spanning the reigns of nine monarchs. They serve traditional British food, specialising in classic game cookery, oysters, pies and puddings. Yippee!

As we were sticking to water, I didn't sample the cocktails although I couldn't help but spy the Kate Middleton's "Royal 29" on the menu - Sipsmith, Pinky vodka, Lillet and crystallised violets. Sounds intriguing!

Both Alex and I kicked off our meal with a salad. Alex had the cured duck breast with endive, candied pecans and Stilton dressing, I had the smoked duck and fig salad.

Both were lovely; crisp, fresh and flavoursome. Figs are right in season at the moment and I'm a big fan.

Unsurprisingly though, it was the main courses that stole the show. Alex went for the chicken, bacon and tarragon pie with hand-raised pastry crust...

But for me it was all about the steak and kidney pudding, especially as I hadn't had one in such a long time! I added an oyster on top for an additional pound and had side dishes of leaf spinach and mash potato.

I can confirm that Rules certainly know their pies and puddings! The suet pastry was mouthwatering and I was impressed how much succulent sauce-coated meat was packed inside. The thick gravy was fabulous and the oyster added that extra little bit of excitement! This is what hearty, homely food is all about!

Our desserts were just as scrumptious. We enjoyed the golden syrup sponge with a wonderful creamy custard and sticky toffee pudding with caramelised walnuts. 

It's easy to see how Rules has stuck around so long and why it's so consistently booked up. The food is great and the service highly professional and friendly. If you love your comfort food as much as I, this is the perfect pre-theatre venue.

For Alex and I, it was onwards to the Savoy Theatre to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. I love the hilarious 80's movie with Michael Caine and Steve Martin so was keen to see the West End show, this time starring Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound. I enjoyed every single minute of it. It's really funny, entertaining and not in the slightest bit cheesy (I don't really like cringy West End musicals!). Robert Lindsay puts his all into the performance and is brilliant. Both Alex and I thought it was great - highly recommended!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! x


  1. My dad does shooting/loves game so I gave him vouchers/money to go here and they've yet to book a table. I've just sent my parents your blog post to encourage them to book it up!


    1. Great present! I'm sure he'll love it!

  2. That steak and kidney pudding looks so good! I love your orange dress too, where's it from?

    1. Thank you! It's Ted Baker but I got it last year so not sure it's still around

  3. Those pies looks scrumptious, and what I'm really craving now it's raining and colder! I really want to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the movie's a fav in our house. Glad you enjoyed it.

    Rosie xx

  4. Wow! Rules looks right up my street, there's nothing I love more than a pie! I'm going to look at booking right now. I went to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels a couple of months a go and thought it was fantastic. Soo funny. Looks like you had a great night x

  5. This looks like my perfect restaurant - I never really knew how lucky I was when I was growing up eating all the game my dad shot at the weekends! I love a good stodgy pudding. I'll definitely be taking my parents here when I get the chance!

    Katie <3

  6. I've walked past Rules so many times, but after this write-up I'm going to make sure I visit in the not too distant future!


  7. Must try out Rules sometime, would be a great place to take my visitors from abroad. I love the colour of your dress!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  8. this place looks so glamorous yet cosy - love it. sounds like the perfect date night to me, and you're right - there really is no place like home. x

  9. Ooh think I'll take my hubby there for his birthday next February - he loves steak and kidney pudding. Then I think we'll go to the theatre. Great idea. XX My grandad used to love Rules so shows you how long it's been around. xx


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