Rail House Café

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£26 to £40
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Modern European

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A modern café with handsome bars and a diversity of spaces that evolve throughout the day. The international menu has a contemporary and relaxed approach, offering healthy choices for every day, with plenty of naughty stuff on there too.
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4.1
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HB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely food and atmosphere, very casual didn’t feel rushed it was lovely

TA
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I think your experience depends on part on the table you get.
Despite booking well in advance, we we were initially fobbed off with crappy table tucked away in a dead zone at the back, entirely out of view of the restaurant but en route to the toilets. We asked to move and got given a table in the drinks area which was so low it was really for drinks not dinner.
The chicken burger I ordered had clearly been cooked well in advance and just re-heated, because you could have broken bricks on the buttermilk batter. The bread roll and tahini butter was comedically priced at £3.50, and if the butter had any relationship to tahini it was at very best the culinary equivalent of a brief shag in the restaurant toilets. Dreadful.
Overpriced and under delivered.
Never again.

HL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

solid pre-Hamilton dining, broad menu to accommodate a large and varied group

HE
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The environment was great with lots of quirky design features in keeping with a railway station. I had high hopes of the menu before I arrived as it seemed quite different to other places I've been with various 'bowls' and the ability to mix and match with different skewers. However the execution wasn't quite so good. I had a small beetroot salad bowl which was very nice but only a third full. Of the 3 skewers I ordered the ginger chicken thighs were very good but the leek one was undercooked and therefore very chewy and strongly flavoured rather than the sweetness one expects with nicely cooked leeks. The broccoli skewer had a cold mayonnaise sauce on which rather detracted from the braised brocolli underneath and overwhelmed the flavour. The bread plates were ok - we ordered one of each sort in our party although looking at the menu again I'm not sure thats what we got. Other meal choices included belly pork, burger - both chicken(sandwhich la Sandwich) and applewood cheeseburger, mac'ncheese and cardamon and coconut dhal all of which were enjoyed.
I think this place could be really good and the food sounds great but some of it needs a bit of tweaking.

l
Liverpool
7 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Really disappointed! The shakshuka was so oily and gross, the halloumi on the veggie breakfast hadn’t been cooked properly, so it was cold and rubbery, the toast was soggy and potatoes undercooked. We asked to swap the fried egg for a poached egg and we were told they couldn’t do it - something to do with the fact that the different kinds of eggs were made in different parts of the kitchen?! The service was ok but felt like we were being rushed the whole way through. The manager came and took the meals off the bill which was nice of him, but we wouldn’t return.

RF
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Had a nice evening with a friend. Ambience, service and drinks were good but I did find the food a little disappointing. I had the cheeseburger which I order medium well but when it came the burger was very dry. Shame as ambience and everything else was very good but when you go out for dinner you are really going for good food.

GC
London
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Came for a business lunch. Asked for a table in a quieter area out of the way as it was a business lunch. Was sat in the middle of the room in a complete cacophony and couldn't hear a word. The food was ok not great and the table was cramped. Won't be booking to entertain clients here again.

KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The portions are very small, especially for how much you are paying. Not only the food portions, but also the wine sizes. The ambience is great and the food is tasty.

ND
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I chose this restaurant for its location as it is close to my office and I was organizing a team breakfast meeting. Food, service and ambiance was very good. The full English breakfast was delicious and plentiful. I will definitely visit again and I will organize further breakfast meetings here.

JH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service wasn't great, especially after waiter spilt my glass of water in my lap. Could have offered to take off our dessert, or something!

H
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food and great surroundings. Handy for Victoria Station too.

RM
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal. Food was really good and the atmosphere was great. We would absolutely recommend

LL
London
10 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Lovely setting, nice interiors and a great place to meet friends (provided you book as it was very busy when we went on a Saturday!), and the menu has a good choice for most people. However I'm a vegan and will say the options were fairly limited - there weren't actually any brunch dishes suitable for me so I had to order from the main menu. Whilst my food was tasty I think it was extremely overpriced - my main of chargrilled cauliflower was essentially just that - grilled cauliflower on some wilted greens with sauce - and that was £15. A side dish of pumpkin was £6 and literally two slices of pumpkin. So for over £20 I literally just ate vegetables which seems a little steep to me?
We were also meeting for a friends' Birthday which I had told the restaurant and asked if we could have a candle in my friends' dish or maybe Happy Birthday written on her plate but they totally ignored my request and did nothing to mark her Birthday which was a little disappointing as most restaurants will do this no problem.
Overall a good experience, but could go some way to improve.

OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch. Pancakes were ahhhmazing!

VV
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Staff was quite rude in accommodating our request of an extra person and made us move from one table to the other without a reasonable explanation.

SM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect for pre-theatre dinner. Even got a birthday cake -lovely surprise

G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was nearly all very good indeed, and I'd definitely go back and try other vegetarian and vegan dishes. The food is imaginative and tasty, with loads of veggie choices. The server did get confused over who had ordered what, which meant that I started eating a dish that was meant for someone else before I realized... It's a shame that the decaff espresso is so dire; I assume it's either instant, which it tasted like, or just cheap beans. Kinda spoiled the experience.

b
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Lovely meeting place and concept near Victoria station. Food ok and nothing to shout about. Though the spicy Bloody Mary was very good. Service was pedantic even though it wasn't particularly busy ... till we asked them to chivy up. Brunch menu too trendy... and needs too much time to choose between breakfast, plates, skewers, sides...etc.

Rail House Café
Responded on 29 January 2020

Hi Bijanyyoung, Thank you for leaving us your feedback. I can see your point, and I will pass that on. It can some times be difficult to guage the level of service some guests require, varying widely from one table to the next. What I can say is that we focus on creating a community hub and pride ourselves on repeat business, so the variety that the menu allows has been a selling point for us, allowing our guests to explore different choices on different occassions. Kindest regards, Douglas

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NO
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Really tasty food. Really different flavours and a better than the usual run of the mill restaurants offering the same boring menu.

Rail House Café
Responded on 29 January 2020

Thank you very much for your kind words Nick, it is hugely appreciated.

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Food was lovely. Service was appalling: the waiter didn’t know the menu at the end we were informed the booking time was up in a very unusual way and the waiter referred to us as “girls” on multiple occasions. Wouldn’t rush back.

Rail House Café
Responded on 29 January 2020

Hi Jessica, thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear about your experience with us. I suspect you may have had a nervous trainee but that is no excuse. If you have some time I would love to hear in more detail about your experience. If you would like to get in touch, you can reach me at info@railhouse.cafe. Kindest regards, Douglas

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V
London
25 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As we have eaten at the riding house cafe a few times, we thought we would give this one a go. Great food. Portions vary though, the small plate of mac and cheese was gorgeous but way too big for a starter and the fish main my friend had was tiny, so bit confusing with portion sizes. Two of our party had the taster menu with wine which was great value and they loved it. The apple sorbet was Devine too. All in all, a great find! Service was great until our server disappeared for a break, we were left hanging for awhile until she came back.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was delicious but HUGELY overpriced for what was on the plate.

Rail House Café
Responded on 29 January 2020

Hi Alexa, Thank you for leaving us your feedback. I would love to discuss your experience in more detail. We work hard to offer the best quaity produce, whilst never selling at a premium, focusing rather on organic or free range ingrediants, however, if there is something we need to look into I would really appreciate hearing from you. If you have a moment you can reach me at info@railhouse.cafe Kindest regards, Douglas

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JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Very handy to Victoria Station and Underground. Nice piazza type setting with other restaurants. The decor is well done too. Good choice of food, nothing too fancy and priced reasonably. But picked your time as it can be very busy and you’ll need to book. It can also be very noisy!

Rail House Café
Responded on 22 January 2020

Thank you very much

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I’ve been to the Rail House Cafe various times since it opened (having always been a fan of sister restaurant Riding House Cafe) and this was by far my best experience to date.

When it first opened there was a real issue with rude, incompetent staff and poor service, but I’m pleased to say this time was completely different! Front of house was wonderfully warm and welcoming and table service was efficient and friendly.

Our food (brunch) was absolutely delicious!

My one peeve was that they have this 1hr30 min turn around time that they seem to stick to rather rigidly. When our time was up, the bill was brought over without us asking for it - and actually we would have liked another coffee!

There were a few other empty tables and seemingly no queue, so it felt unnecessary...particularly when we had paid the best part of £50 for 2 for breakfast.

This definitely restored my faith in the group after a few not so good experiences, it was just a shame about the last bit with the bill.

Rail House Café
Responded on 22 January 2020

Hi, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. I am really glad to hear we have restored some of your faith I wasn't around for the opening of the Rail House, but I am proud of the team we have now I am sorry about the bill, and I would like to ask you in more detail about this. Please send me an email via info@railhouse.cafe for my attention and I will get in touch. Kindest regards, Douglas

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j
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great venue with good food, perfect place to catch up with friends and enjoy the sharing plates. Nice decor and good service.

Rail House Café
Responded on 22 January 2020

Thank You!

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food. Good options too for vegans. Staff really go out of their way to be helpful. We have been twice now and it never disappoints.

Rail House Café
Responded on 20 January 2020

Thank You!

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Didn't love the food, but that's probably just my personal taste! Everything else was great x

j
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our first visit to Rail House and we will definitely return. Excellent food menu catering for everyone. Good drinks menu with some interesting cocktails. Really friendly and efficient service.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team were really great, organised, friendly and it is a very nice atmosphere.

MI
London
10 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant and the waiters have the best customer service ever. The menu is exhaustive so took me 15 mins to decide ! The food was great - Only shortfall was three of our dishes were served cold. This was quickly rectified once we made the waiters away.

m
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good atmosphere, helpful and friendly staff. Excellent service

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always do something special as a family on Christmas Eve, and we booked this for lunch before a matinee. We wanted somewhere quite casual, with a variety of food to a give choice for everyone, and the menu online looked like it would be good. The staff were friendly, the food was lovely and fresh, there is a variety of cocktails, which were fun. Within the group, our choices went from a hearty belly pork dish to a light and delicious freekah salad bowl. A few of us chose the mini doughnuts for pudding, and I would definitely recommend them. The decor is based on a railway station theme. It was nice to have a choice of somewhere that isn’t a chain.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really interesting restaurant with lovely ambience, excellent service and a unique menu.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and friendly service and quick

I
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the atmosphere fantastic

KC
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

A little haphazard as they could not find my booking and then found my guest was already at the table! The burger I ordered had a piece of bone in it. They were very apologetic and it was replaced immediately. The very nice staff made up for the inadequacies

J
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really attentive service. Decent food but a little pricey.
To noisy for my tastes but ok for groups etc rather than a business lunch

K
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic. Shown to table immediately even though a little early. The staff were warm and friendly. The food was yummy. Would recommend a visit.

z
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a baby and our waitress was so good - so friendly and accommodating and really helped with our one year old. Love this place 🚂 perfect for a date or a family get together 😋

a
London
22 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I frequent both Rail House and Riding house but on this occasion, things didn't go quite right. Having booked for a birthday and confirmed a something on the way in, nothing was done for this. We weren't offered desert menus despite remaining seated for a good hour after finishing. We eventually gave up and went elsewhere.
The dish I ordered also arrived without key components - the chard or seed elements of of the florentine. Sides also failed to emerge.