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More Cross of St. George than Coquille St. Jaques
Member Name: Buzz
Date: 28/06/00, updated on 05/07/00 (102 review reads)
Advantages: Great traditional food
Disadvantages: Always busy, booking advised
The only problem with Rule’s is the mouth watering choice. Perhaps you’ll have a tankard of ale while perusing the menu. Potted shrimps to start followed by real steak and kidney pudding served in a small pot with either a golden brown pastry crust or suet on top? Problem is that you’ve got to leave room for the treacle sponge and clotted cream afterwards!
The menu is excellent with something to suit most tastes. The quality really is first class and enough to silence the harshest of critics. There is always a seasonal selection of fresh game raised on Rule’s own estate on the menu. Fish and vegetarian selections are also available if that’s not your thing.
Service is excellent. The staff, who seem to be mostly of antipodean origin but none the worse for it, are very friendly and knowledgeable and will be happy to advise you on your choice. The wine list is very good and not extortionately priced. Wines used to be categorised as French, Italian and ‘From the former colonies’ to encompass America and Australia. Sadly, this categorisation has been done away with, perhaps in deference to American tourists who didn’t wish to be reminded that we gave them their independence!
The atmosphere is very plush, comfortable and traditional, the only outward signs of modern technology being the electronic ‘beaming’ of orders to the kitchen and the laminated menu cards. This is one of my favourite restaurants and I taken a number of people there. It never fails to impress. Admittedly it’s not cheap but it is well worth it, whether you are looking for a long lunch, pre or post theatre dinner. Booking is strongly advised.