For my twenty something birthday last year, we went all out and booked a table at the oldest restaurant in London, Rules. Expectations were high, having passed the place many times and always looking enviously through the windows at the seemingly very rich people inside.
Entering through the butler opened door revealed grand decor akin to the kind of thing you might see in a period drama stately home. We were seated quickly as booking over a month in advance only got us a two hour window to eat, which shows how popular it is.
First course was a Game Broth. Essentially a stock base intermingled with root vegetables, greens and bits of wild animals. It was totally divine and I can’t quite imagine how they managed to eek out such flavours from such seemingly simplistic ingredients.
Second course was a meat pudding which I ordered having found out that Oysters were off the menu that day because of a national issue at the time, a shame given that Oysters are what Rules are famous for historically.
The meat pudding was as traditional as they come, offering up a classical suet case with sumptuous red meats inside coupled with rich gravy poured all over. Even the bed of cabbage was seasoned to perfection making the whole meal a mouthwatering renaissance of a bygone age.
By this time, there was plenty of food in our bellies, but who could pass up the chance to try this absolutely scrumptious portion of home made lemon meringue pie? I am not one for deserts, but I can safely say that this is the best lemon meringue pie I think I have ever eaten. The picture also does not quite do justice to the sheer size of this thing!
So there you have it, a stellar recommendation from us for this age old establishment and some quite fantastic snaps of some of the best quality food I have ever eaten in London.