The Riding House Cafe

4.5
3510 reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European
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 3510 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
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4.4
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4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TemiW
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food here was amazing but the service really let the place down. Our server was really unfriendly and then when we were tried to get the manager's attention for the bill she ignored us. We thought she might just have not seen us. But when we tried to get her attention again she hushed us. It was bizarre and the experience of both people being rude really dampened our afternoon.

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MadeleineC
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

great evening despite the weather. Fabulous service.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 12 hours ago

Thanks Madeline! It was certainly a terrible evening weather wise but glad you still enjoyed !

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were just beyond fantastic. There was terrific rainstorm, yet the staff’s chirpy manner made us totally forget about the downpour (and slightly wet food / diluted drinks)

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 12 hours ago

Thankyou for noticing the hard work of our brilliant team. Its awful to work in those conditions but Im glad they still had a smile on their faces!! See you soon!

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MillieG
London
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff were lovely and the pesto rigatoni was delicious

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 12 hours ago

Thanks Millie! We appreciate the lovely comments!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely experience, staff were very friendly and chatty. Quick service and food was delicious.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 12 hours ago

Thanks so much!!!

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ChrisL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was good. No fireworks and 250£+ for 4 people, so slightly on the high end of things .

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ReeceM
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place. Breakfast was great. Full English is very overpriced for what you get. But the rest of the food totally worth the money. Drinks are amazing and staff are even better

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 12 hours ago

Thanks Reece for the comments, i will pas on the message to the team! I will also look into the dish to see how we can improve! Hopefully see you soon!

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ChrisA
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great wine selection - also the heaters on outside tables are very effective so I'd recommend even if it's a little chilly!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks Chris! hope to see you soon

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vipGreedy
London
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Ridinghouse Café is always a treat, with an interesting menu, and speedy and charming service. You don't really go for the food, but for the ambience. And well done with the outdoor dining arrangements

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 4 days ago

Glad you enjoying coming to us!!! Our menu is constantly changing so we appreciate the feedback

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We didn’t eat but I had to select a score! Drinks were good and staff friendly

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you! Hopefully next time you get to sample some of our delicious food!

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Laura
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food - great service and nice and warm!

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Ajei15
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is really good. Not sure it’s great value for money but it was good nonetheless. It’s not far from Oxford Street and easy to get to.

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Alfa2
London
8 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing fluffy American pancakes. Can’t wait to go back to have them again!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely and attentive staff. Great spot for outdoor drinks with the heaters. Highly recommend. Thanks G!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 4 days ago

Thanksn so much! I will pass on the thanks to G!

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CharlieN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely food and top quality service. Slightly on the expensive side but it is a central London location.

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Laura
London
10 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a table outside and was pleasantly surprised with the good service. There's enough space and heaters to stay warm. I will be coming again when restaurants are fully open again.

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AlexandraD
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never visited before but booked it because it looked nice and had outside space. The menu was really extensive and diverse, the food was delicious and the service was great. Our waiter even apologised at the end of our 90 minute reservation because there was another booking, obviously this is in no way his fault or the fault of the restaurant it is just how things are at the moment but I thought that was really sweet. Would definitely go again!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for the kind words Alexandra! We know the times on the table are a little tight somethimes, so we appreciate your understanding. Hopefuly see you soon

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Georgia
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pancakes were out of this world! Definitely would come again!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks Georgia! See you very soon!!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch with friends ... chilly, wet and windy day but the outdoor heater kept us warm. Great service and food was delicious!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks so much.....sorry about the lovely British weather!!!

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MarkN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for a breakfast on a rainy Saturday morning. The sitting area outside was well covered and heated and the staff was friendly and attentive. The food was nice and the quantity was just right.

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KGreview
London
13 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service and most tables had heaters so made eating outside bc of Covid wok but I was not aware on the time restriction of 2 hours until I got there

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really friendly staff and great to be back c

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EmilyR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely food, brilliant heaters and strong menu (definitely get the donuts for desert!) we were sat at a table round the corner and a little out of sight, so service was a little bit slower, but lovely team, so can't fault the service itself.

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CassR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A nice meal where we were looked after by a pleasant team. The only downside was being given a warning every ten minutes on how much longer we had the table for; it really felt like we were being hurried out.

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WendyM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was so cold as we were outside due to social distancing, no fault of the restaurant of course but perhaps if they had blankets to hand out that would have really helped.
But our waiter was lovely and seated us under a warmer heater after she saw that we were freezing.

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MeghnaS
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was really nice. They even made me a hot toddy because I was freezing! Was a lovely experience.

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EAJA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was great. We had a very powerful heater next to our table so even though it was about 5 degrees outside at least the top half of us wasn't totally baltic! Starters were great, but the mains were pretty average and quite expensive. We were surprised to be charged £15 for a martini (given all the cocktails on there were around £10).

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vipAndrewM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Alessandro was a great waiter and the food was excellent. A regular venue for breakfast and one of the best around.

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NCH8
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and attentive service and cute set up outside - not to mention the food was so yummy!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Our waiter Alessandro was great. He even brought us a candle to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday. We were happy with the food as well.
Only thing we were not happy with is that reservations are only for 1.5 hour. 10 minutes to the end of our reservation, we were brought the bill and reminded that the reservation was about to be ending. I think the management should change their strategy in this sense.
If it was possible to have a longer reservation, I would definitely go there again

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JennyI
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a very nice experience in RHC for a bank holiday brunch. We showed up ten mins early but were still offered our table, didn’t have to wait. Our drinks and food order was taken promptly and with a smile by Ana and everything was served in good time with food and drinks arriving hot. Very tasty meal, especially the pancakes were outstanding

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Eliza
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of my favourite brunch places in London! Just wish our time slot had been longer!

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AlexC
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was poor and very overpriced for the quality. Had the full English - sausages and black pudding felt like they had been cooked the day before and reheated, unbelievably dry. Not sure Lincolnshire will be happy with you claiming those are Lincolnshire sausages! Toast was what looked to be a thin slice of the cheapest white bread available. Really quite poor, especially for the price (c.£14).

Service was quite good in the main when serving drinks/food, but had staff members circling the table far too quickly. Cleared plates while one diner was still eating (unacceptable in my opinion), and clearly in a rush to get us out. I understand restaurants need a lot of covers having been closed for months, but service like this is a way to lose business.

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EstherT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, charming waiters and lovely atmosphere

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priyankaa
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good and service was good! Would defintely go back

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 2 May 2021

Thanks for your lovely review and 5 star rating Priyankaa, we look forward to welcoming you back! Fiona

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OpenTable Diner
5 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was good. Food was cold. No time to send back as table on limited time.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 4 May 2021

Hi there, i'm sorry to hear that the food was cold on your visit. If you can, email me the details of your visit to nick@ridinghouse.cafe I will pespond personally Nick

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our outdoor lunch here. Attentive, friendly staff, great food, fantastic wine, busy vibe!

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Justin
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good heaters, good selection of wine

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 4 May 2021

Cheers Justin!!! Hopefully see you agaion soon

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
13 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good despite the fact that we were compelled to be outside. Good value

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 2 May 2021

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review and a great rating, we hope to see you again soon! Fiona

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PShah25
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Raspberry Soda was delicious. The food was tasty and good portions.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 2 May 2021

Thanks for the great review PShah25. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again! 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 3510 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.