The Riding House Cafe

4.3
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3241 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European

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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.

Private Dining

The private dining room here boasts an original stable that was rebuilt downstairs to provide a cosy escape for 14 guests. Additionally there is the long refectory table in the dining hall for up to 20 and part of the lounge is available to book at the weekends for drinks receptions for up to 15.

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C
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my boyfriend as a belated birthday present and to celebrate pancake day. We had lovely service from as soon as we stepped through the door until we left. Our waiter (named Ben, i think) was very kind and attentive! The pancakes are also the best we’ve ever had. Will definitely be back 😍

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat and the staff especially the French manager Levi are a joy. Great food and service.

m
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Yes. We could only have the table for 1 hour and we wanted coffee after which we ran out of time for!

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Busy and pretty poor service - everything came in the wrong order - haphazard.

TW
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd visit. Many more to come for brunch, lunch or dinner

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Does some of the best pancakes in London and always a great atmosphere

j
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Don’t have the kedgeree. Mostly rice and you need a magnifying glass to find any fish. Sent back twice but no improvement even after a 15 minute wait.
Decided to have the English breakfast instead. Eggs were tiny ( probably from a pullet and not chicken) and bacon high.Average.

A real disappointment and expensive.

Seems to be a tourist place.

N
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Nice decor and atmosphere, decent service, but food disappointing. Overpriced.

J
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I really liked the place but food was ok and they forgot our orders that we had to claim.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

They were overbooked and understaffed. We waited for our table, had slow service, an incorrect drinks order, overcooked food and were told they needed the table back just after we ordered some drinks! Shocking service and expensive given the food average at best.

EF
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bon petit-déjeuner et une bonne ambiance.
Le service était à la hauteur.

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TK
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Outstanding service, honest tasty food off a simple menu, reasonably priced

MV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. An electic menu with a good variety of choices and it certainly caters for my vegan needs. A relaxed atmosphere but congenial to business lunches.

S
Italy
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Very unfriendly staff with attitude, not kids friendly at all (we had a 6 months old in a pushchair). We got kicked out after our brunch in a very unfriendly manner... We do not recommend this place at all

OG
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Good, not great, coffee was relatively poor for the competition in the area. Food was tasty but not brilliant

YC
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and atmosphere good. Let down by only one restroom being operational, which is unacceptable for a place of this size.

A
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love the food! Small portions though.. beer 330ml bit overpriced for 7.50GBP
Overall - love it, but if someone else is paying :) would go back

AC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Have always loved RHC, but had a bad brunch experience this time. My wife’s shaksuka came out with raw eggs. The waiter took it to get them done some more, but when it came back out they were well overcooked. It took a few minuites to rectify the situation, but we were pleased the manager refunded all the food off our bill. Thanks for your excellent service.

ND
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Very dangerous baby high chairs
Must remove these my baby fell through the bottom of the high chair

m
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor service. Mediocre food that we had to wait a long time for. Also messed up our order.

JJ
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Asked for a dish without capers. Half way through dish was told they forgot and capers still in dish.
Asked for a beer that never came. Asked another 2 times to receive.
Good location, nice food!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean, vibrant, great service.

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bunch of our friends got together for brunch and a big catch up. They put us on a lovely sized round table so we could hear each other and speak to everyone easily which was great. The service was incredible and the menu was varied with high quality food. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best start of the morning! The staff was just amazing and very kind. It was my second time here and again I was very satisfied! They have the best pancakes you could ever wish for! Definitely coming back again!

S
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was slow, and portion sizes need improvement!

JF
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food options were bizarre. Far too expensive for poor food options. And quality of food was standard at best. Nice enough ambience and service, not good enough to make up for poor menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

The pork was cold making the whole dish inedible. We complained but there was no apology and the full price was charged.

FC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service was amazing but unfortunately the food and drinks let it down. I had shakshuka which was quite watery and also just didn't have very much flavour and my partner had kedgeree which, for £16, was poor quality - it lacked flavour and we had to search for the haddock in it. To add to this it was also cold. The coffee was good but the cocktails we had weren't great and they weren't cheap either!

JH
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

I had the crispy pork belly main. It was like warm, and soft and chewy. Given how quickly it appeared - i can only assume it was pre-prepared and just reheated. I’ll not go back.

AD
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The Riding House cafe used to be a favourite. Unfortunately, the quality has significantly slipped. The service is still excellent, the cocktails similarly are very good. However, the kedgeree was a bland bowl of undercooked rice, undistinguished fish and sad, overdone poached egg. The truffle mac and cheese – once enough for a visit – is without a hint of real truffle or even truffle oil to grace it's one note cheese sauce. The burger, which used to be an unctuous, oozing, greasy treat, has been downgraded to something resembling a Findus frozen quarter pounder – all dense meat and papery bun. Overall it feels as though the restaurant has implemented cost-cutting measures: the primary casualty being the quality of food.

c
London
17 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service - lovely interior and great atmosphere - would highly recommend!

FL
London
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Really disappointed eggs. Attentive staff and nice ambiance just food was a real let down and unexpected given I really enjoyed my experience and the food at your Victoria restaurant.

m
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I like this place, good buzz all week round. Some of the starters were not as tasty this time - humus and one of the pastas - but the food is generally very good.

ET
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely smiling staff who were great at catering to special requirements , we very very well attended to.

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall a great experience. Service for little slow but food was amazing. Great for all occasions, even when you want to work/study/read a book, pop in for coffee and some delicious bite.

IH
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

very disappointed with the GF double egg breakfast, one slice of very small bread cut in half with 2 eggs

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was exceptionally nice and the service quick and efficient. The food was particularly good, and overall the bill was relatively affordable!

NB
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed it, great atmosphere lovely setting & the staff could not be more pleasant

AB
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

One of our dishes had to be taken away as it was far too salty & the other mains tasted like they had just come out of a bag & but in a microwave.

Despite having to wait for a replacement main, we were still reminded that our time slot was up.

RE
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great space, really busy but we didn't feel rushed. Friendly service and surprisingly good value for this location