The Riding House Cafe

4.5
3430 reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European

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Casual
The Riding House Café is an all-day, fun and informal neighbourhood brasserie situated amidst Fitzrovia's creative and media community, split across a variety of areas to eat, drink, meet and socialise. A bustling canteen, more formal dining room and a relaxed lounge are all joined together by the large dining bar and open kitchen. The predominantly Modern European menu features a range of small and large plates to suit any time of day. Dishes are wholesome, with an emphasis on fresh, light ingredients.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 3430 People Are Saying
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SiDavis
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and great service! Recommend for breakfast/brunch.

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GigiR
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Utterly delicious! Love the carribean twists to things and the lemon doughnuts were to die for!!

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Stanislav
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Overall the cafe looked good, the service was great, and the outdoor space was much bigger than in some other places in London. However, the food quality was low, in my opinion. I did not quite get the concept of the place, and the menu seemed to have a mixture of everything. The food that we had was not tasty, and the ingredients did not seem to match. Unfortunately, this was a very rare occasion when restaurant food was just simply not good, and I really wanted to forget the taste of it for the rest of the day. I would not recommend this place if you want to have a nice lunch.

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ClementG
Kent
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere and services but the food is not worth the price it has on the menu. Average chain restaurant quality. Wouldn't go there for dinner again, maybe just for drinks.

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jesme
Kent
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

AMAZING PANCAKES! The only flaw with the food was that the flat whites we ordered weren't very hot, and the goji berry smoothie was a bit bland and thin - nice but not worth £5!

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CHoo
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

11 pounds for small glass of wine !
Asked to leave after 45 minutes
Outside heating inadequate
Food mediocre
Oh well

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vipccjc
London
50 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Good food and service but we were unlucky and got one of the only tables without heaters. We and our food literally froze!

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Matt
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very nice food and cocktails. Service was a little rushed but this was understandable as the place was quite busy.

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Alicia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Outdoor space is on the street - crucially with heaters! Good selection of good food and delicious cocktails. Pricey but then again it's in central London! The service was pretty slow though which is frustrating when you only get a 2 hour slot.

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FionaM
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just great to be back at this local restaurant, service was very good as was the food. My only criticism would be that we were sat at of one of the tables that did not have a heater near it and it was an extremely cold evening.

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Amanda
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Poor service - we were encouraged to order more wine and pudding and then asked to vacate the table without warning, before finishing our meal

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Amanda, I am sorry to hear that you felt like this. When booking a table and when arriving at the venue we are clear as to how long each table has to dine - for diner reservations, that is 2 hours. On the evening of your visit, we informed you that we needed the table for another reservation a number of times, even moving bookings to accommodate you for an additional 30 minutes. Despite a lot of communication, you still made little effort to understand our position.

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TerenceB
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by our daughter who works nearby. We managed to secure a table undercover with a heater which was a blessing. Food, staff and service first class, could not fault it.

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Grace
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely breakfast! So wonderful to be back eating out again. Delicious food and brilliant service. The heaters were a great bonus too!

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maevem
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience on first day post lockdown. Staff super friendly and upbeat, the food was awesome which is a huge accomplishment after restaurants being closed for so long. Can't wait to return

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vipmitchel
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pour first meal out for some time. They have done a great job of setting up outside space that is cover compliant and the breakfast (pancakes) are worth the journey.

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DavidP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lively and fun place to visit
Good food and very friendly and helpful staff

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RosalindS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food good, a little noisy. Toilets a bit dirty too

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Leah
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely coffee and atmosphere, and the staff are friendly. The food was a bit hit and miss. Two whole muffins for eggs royale is very generous but given they were whole and unbuttered, it was quite difficult to get through! My poached eggs were perfect, and the hollondaise sauce was lovely. I'd definitely go back but a few minor issues need ironing out.

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The eggs in the shakshuka were overcooked - hard and rubbery. The servers replaced it, but it took a while and my friends all finished their meals before I was served. We also had to wait for our pre-booked table. Drinks were nice, waiters were friendly but busy so it was difficult to order.

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KarlaB
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good place for work, friendly staff and lovely ambiance

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MarjanM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We ordered shakshuka, wasn’t nice as before, it looks like just they over cooked left over onion and pepper in tomato sauce.

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KarenB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Fantastic food flavours are excellent. The service was slow however it was busy. Would defiantly go again.

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FebeP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A huge THANK YOU to our wonderful and friendly, Andre. He was mostly on his own but gave us more than sufficient attention. He is a great asset to your establishment.

The food was astonishing and superb! Melt in your mouth pork was my favourite. The rest of our group absolutely loved every dish as well. (just a small one though as sticky toffee pudding is my favourite, the bottom bit was just slightly starchy... but still enjoyed it!).

I have been to your place before hence I did not hesitate to recommend it to our social bubble to celebrate Christmas before we head to our respective family for the Holidays. My friends thoroughly enjoyed the evening and thanked me for taking them there. So I would hands-down recommend you again.

Happy Christmas!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 11 December 2020

Hi FebeP, We really appreciate your lovely review as well as your feedback on the sticky toffee pudding and it's great to hear that your group all had a good and enjoyed the foo.! We'll be sure to pass on you compliments to Andre, it'll make his day! Merry Christmas! Fiona

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BowaleO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best brunch spots with the best pancakes!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 11 December 2020

Thanks for your lovely review about our brunch and our pancakes dish, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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FionaC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

So lovely to have the opportunity to dine out with the lovely folks at the RHC! A great alfresco Sunday lunch with friends - great food, super friendly staff and helpful as ever. The new out door heaters worked a treat! We'll be back soon - thanks.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 11 December 2020

Thanks for the great review FionaC, it's good to hear you really enjoyed your visit and appreciate the new developments made on the outdoor space. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Fiona

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Martyna
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the lychee martini cocktail was great. The waitress was friendly and welcoming. The only minus was the wait time for the table despite the booking and that the place seemed a bit too crowded. Will be coming back in the future

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GeorgieH
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really tasty food and great service, very attentive even though we were at an outdoor table and the indoor restaurant was busy.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 11 December 2020

Hi GeorgieH, Thank you so much for your kind words, it's great to hear that we made your visit enjoyable and looked after you well. We look forward to seeing you again! Fiona

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MartinB
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed brunch here the best eggs benedict ever. High quality food the pancakes are great too. Just a little odd due to covid

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 11 December 2020

Thank you for the lovely review MartinB, great to hear you enjoyed you brunch visit. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Fiona

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BiancaV
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our third time at Riding House Cafe & it didn’t disappoint. Great service, excellent safety measures in place for patrons & staff & the food & drinks were tasty. My eggs Benedict was sensational.
We were offered to stay longer than our allocated time as there were no other bookings & had some great chats with the lovely team. Looking forward to our next visit.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 11 December 2020

Hi BiancaV, It's great to hear that you've become a regular at the Riding House and we're chuffed that you enjoyed both the food and service on your last visit. We're looking forward to seeing you again too! Fiona

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Jojoada
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really good buzzy place for lunch. Food was good and a good atmosphere. Love it that it’s not part of a chain (I don’t think!).

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 11 December 2020

Hi Jojoada, Great to hear that you enjoyed your lunch visit to the Riding House. We are indeed independently owned, but do have another site in Victoria, The Rail House Cafe, which is equally lovely. We look forward to welcoming you back at either venue! Fiona

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KV96
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Atmospheric, beautiful decor and really yummy food. Great for brunch.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 11 December 2020

Thanks for the great review KV96, looking forward to welcoming you back soon! Fiona

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Lori20
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience at Riding House Cafe. They did a make up American Thanksgiving meal that was amazing. They were also able to cater for one person who was lactose intolerant and me as a vegetarian. They didn't just give us the vegan option and call it good. Instead the GM came over to speak to us, had the meal specially prepared for us, and checked we were happy. Both of us thought our meals were delicious. We will definitely be going back to The Riding House Cafe!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 11 December 2020

Hi Lori20, Thank you for leaving such a lovely review! It's great to hear you enjoyed you visit on our Thanksgiving evening. We take pride in doing our best to accommodate our guests and are glad you were well looked after. We hope to see you again soon! Fiona

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LeeF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The service was efficient and the staff were friendly. I feel the value of the quality of the food vs. the cost was slightly wrong.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 15 November 2020

Hi LeeF, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we always appreciate our guest's feedback. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the service, but please do feel free to drop us an email if you'd like to give us more feedback regarding the food. You can reach us at fiona@ridinghouse.cafe Fiona

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Sangi
London
23 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and service. The cocktails were fantastic too.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 15 November 2020

Thanks for the great review Sangi! It's lovely to hear you enjoyed your last visit and your kind words about our cocktails will be passed on to the bar team. We hope to see you again soon! Fiona

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Anon
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and super friendly service - well worth it!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 15 November 2020

Thank you for your kind review! We hope to welcome you back again soon! Fiona

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SDfraeDalston
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The aubergine dip is 🤤. I really enjoyed a small rigatoni bowl with prawn and chicken skewers. All washed down with a tasty Albariño. Deeelish

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 15 November 2020

Hi SDfraeDalston! Thanks for taking the time to leave such an awesome review. It'll be passed on to our team when we re-open who can't wait to welcome you back! Fiona

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JORP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and atmosphere, an overall great dining experience.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 15 November 2020

Thank you for leaving such a lovely review, it's greatly appreciated. We hope to see you again soon! Fiona

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ZoeKV
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This is the first restaurant I have been impressed by since moving to London. I shared the tasting menu and was astonished at its value for money. I am excited to visit again as soon as possible. The only downside to the tasting menu is that the main is not suitable for vegetarians.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 15 November 2020

Hi ZoekV, Thank you for leaving such a lovely review and also for your feedback on the tasting menu. It's great to hear how much you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again when we re-open our doors! Fiona

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AilsaB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great vibe/atmosphere - 10/10!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 15 November 2020

Hi AilsaB, Thank you for your lovely review, it's really great to hear that you enjoyed your visit! We're looking forward to welcoming you back when we re-open. Fiona

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HelenaB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love dining here as you can guarantee a great meal.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 15 November 2020

Thank you for your lovely review Helena, its great to hear that we can always be depended upon. We're looking forward to welcoming you back! Fiona

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FAQs

The Riding House Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. The Riding House Cafe also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7927 0840.

The Riding House Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 3430 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.