The Riding House Cafe

4.2
2952 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
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  • Brunch
  • Casual
  • Lunch
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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OT
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ben was such a kind waiter and made our experience wonderful!

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P
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Nicely set out restaurant with diners mainly spread along the building's windows, so it always feels very open and comfortable though music was a little loud and too energetic for an early evening meal. Food and service good.

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AG
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Great service and a nice atmosphere but sadly the food was very average.. my poached eggs were cold..pancakes were like hard cakes.. shame as location is good.

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AK
London
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent breakfast, great menu choice. Really good, will be back again

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Classy place, great looks, friendly ambiance, nice neighbourhood. Very commendable for informal meetings.

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JR
London
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good service and an enjoyably comfortable ambience.

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HG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the place, food is fresh, awesome oats cappuccino, lovely ambiance. Quite pricey.

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AV
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall. The food was excellent. The only downside was that the room was very loud. Mostly due to one group of diners who felt the need to shout.

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H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Great spot in Covent Garden, but exceptionally loud. I could barely hear my two friends over the noise. Portion sizes were on the small side too.

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JG
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for a quick breakfast

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F
London
88 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Business breakfast, quiet enough but with good ambience. Food nice as usual. Good-size portions. Great staff

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KW
London
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a quirky cool setting. Staff were super efficient.

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KS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Didn't eat but survey made me answer. Great location & service was attentive

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been here a number of times for breakfast. It is good quality food and service in a relaxed environment.

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AC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been here many times and still a great casual venue with fabulous food and flavours.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely service especially the front of house gentleman.
Nice food, nicely presented and pleasant place to sit.
Only issue is how noisy it got making it hard to hear each other

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NE
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch, great choice and lovely food plus they cater for gluten free!!

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ZP
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 5

It was my husband Birthday and we have been looking forward to roast lunch which we had there before and it was really good. This time we have been informed that there is not roast beef or chicken at 2pm which was very disappointing. I don't understand how they can run out of roast lunch on Sunday so quickly. Even the waiter said that there was 8 portions of roast lunch available 1pm which sound such a small number of portions for that size of restaurant. We had choose another option form menu which was good but I must say this Birthday lunch was very disappointing. We had made special trip especially for their roast lunch.
I would only go only back if I can be guaranteed that there will be sufficient amount of roast lunch available. I think they need to work out their portion numbers!

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ST
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was really great, listened to our requests and were patient and polite with us. Everyone in our party was happy with the food. The only downfall was the noise. Luckily we were at a table a bit separate from everyone, but still noticed when we left that our ears were ringing a bit (we hadnt noticed inside). Overall great! Thank you for a good time and great food :)

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DH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pretty-much heaving at 2pm on a Saturday -- there's a reason this place is so popular: good food, good atmosphere, and pleasant surroundings. It's a tried-and-tested winner!

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JN
London
17 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great menu - had truffled portobello and sweet potato wellington which was delicious. Lovely ambience (but a little loud in the evening), good location and friendly staff.

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p
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly staff and lovely atmosphere. Would highly recommend the French toast and hollandaise eggs.

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d
London
12 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable as ever - from accommodating front of house to the consistently brilliant service and food, RHC never gets old.

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FR
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Was really excited to try this cafe, however the food was something below average; I ordered a salad and was sold old, soggy, lettuce and watery dressing. To make matters even worse, the cafe over-charged me. I was told the price, the server took my card, tapped it contactless and did not offer me a reciept. I didn’t think much of this at first, but when looking at my bank account later, I was over-charged almost £2. I contacted the restaurant and recieved no response. Taking money like that is absolutely deceitful. I will not be returning.

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p
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

They ran out of roast beef on Mothers' Day, the one thing the mother wanted. And then used the fact that it was Mothers' Day as the excuse. The food overall was decidedly average.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere and great prices

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MG
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great service by all staff. Delicious food. Great location. We weren’t hurried at all, even when we stayed a few mins past the 90min we had allocated.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Breakfast was well enjoyed however found an eye lash in our maple syrup putting us off our French toast

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IR
London
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

As we arrived and waited for our last guest to arrive to the table we were told that we had an allocated slot and had to leave in 2 hours which didn’t make us feel comfortable. We ordered a few starters and two of us got sick due a bad piece of seafood. Overall experience not great. Won’t recommend.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was below average and bland, the salad I had was completely dull. The waiter checked back and we told him we were disappointed but he made no comment at all.

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I
London
9 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Ambience is very relaxed, we went on a Sunday for brunch, it was quite loud. Food is very good, classic brunch menu and very tasty. Service was a bit slow but on a. Sunday lunch timr it was probably understandable as it was busy.

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OT
London
20 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Place was as busy as ever but the quality of the meals was slightly lower than the last few times I’ve been. Still remains a go to brunch place but may need to try other quality options in the area.

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CM
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Some of the staff were charming. Some were not.

We ordered post brunch coffees and were then told to leave the table swiftly after their arrival because the next sitting was waiting - don't let us order coffee then. We were also not told there was only an 1.5 hour time slot.

the pancakes were average.

the toast was cold but this was replaced with fresh toast when asked but it should not have been served.

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i
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved our recent dinner at the Riding House Cafe. The food was lovely, ambience was buzzy and service was good and helpful. There was a hen party in and were a bit loud, but they were having a good time.
Would definitely come again.

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CH
London
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I return here again and again. The place is comfortable and relaxed, with a good atmosphere. The food is reliably good, too.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Service a little slow. Nice atmosphere. Price wise you get what you pay for

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L
London
16 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Really wasnt impressed with the food. The Pancakes were chewy - how pancakes can ever be chewy vs fluffy melt in your mouth defies comprehension. I also had the "burgerdict" which was tasteless. The poached egg was also put on the side instead of on top of the burger or muffin (which was also really thick) which meant the yolk pooled on one side. My friends dishes were equally unmemorable.

The service was also spotty. I ordered a drink and had to chase someone before it arrived 20 mins later, only to find out that they billed me twice for it.

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit, great place to have breakfast or brunch. Food’s wonderful and great service. We like to visit when we are in London. Booking a table is the smart way to go, it can become quite busy. The buttermilk pancakes even got better from the last time we’ve been! The Shakshuka was spicy and so tasty, definitely recommend if you like spicy breakfast that fills you up real good!

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was lovely, very nice brunch and I think price to quality ratio is good.I thought the service was fine but the rest of my group weren’t impressed. They gave my friend a complimentary birthday drink which I thought was very generous! I highly recommend the shakshuka.

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KV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Pancakes were sent back twice, first burnt then undercooked. Then when is was acceptable turned out it was underwhelming.
Server was very friendly and concerned but not much she can do with bond pancakes .

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