The Riding House Cafe

4.2
3050 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
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  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • 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.

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

Salads were good, mushroom falafel salad was too oily as mushrooms absorbed the oil. The small plates on sticks were excellent, especially the halloumi balls. The main course of mushroom Wellington was very good but my partners cheeseburger was very average. The roast potatoes as a side dish was literally smothered in oil. We shared the Apple tart tartin for dessert and the pastry was still raw.
Service was excellent and the organic red wine was very good.
Overall summary it’s a great venue and front of staff very friendly and very good service but the kitchen staff needs to improve the quality of some of the items on the menu.

MM
London
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was very average. Nothing was terrible, but nothing was particularly brilliant either. Waitress kept coming over while my friend and I were talking, badgering us about ordering - even though the place was practically empty. Another waiter spilt 3 plates of food over a lady, but it was an accident. I would go there again, but only for a casual meet up with friends.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Chorizo hash with eggs were over cooked, full English was cold, the pancakes with berries were burnt and cold.

GW
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

I was recommended this place and I have been myself before with the colleague who recommended it and had a lovely breakfast. This time I visited and even though the place was quiet 0900 on a Sunday the service was terrible and the food was cold, eggs not cooked and everything else on the plate was not hot or even warm. the pot of tea wasn’t even hot. Paid the bill but refused to pay a service charge and I was questioned and debated with over why I didn’t. Poor!!

m
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Dined here with friends on a Saturday afternoon. Wait staff were friendly and attentive, food was tasty and arrived in good time, good choice of drinks too. Loved the Mac 'n' cheese in particular!

AS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Having been a regular at Riding House Cafe and having always enjoyed their salads, I was very disappointed in the new Autumn menu and the quality of the "bowl" I ordered. Portion size greatly reduced and the quality of the salad very underwhelming. Poor description match to the menu.

CD
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice menu, good food, best pancakes, friendly stuff, clean area!

m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice food in a really relaxed environment - will be back

T
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Lovely meal as always though disappointed with the service this time.

CP
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Pancakes tasted re heated and more like vanilla sponge. It was not fluffy like pancakes should be. The potatoes from the full veggie were try and also tasted re heated. It was honestly not nice at all and definitely not value for money.

TW
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff- incredibly warm and accommodated our needs beautifully

GS
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A great place for brunch. Resssbly priced. Very buzzy the food was all freshly cooked. With good sized portions.
It was fully booked with a queue outside.

A
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were a bit pushed to get out of the restaurant after 1:30hours at the table... but the food was great

RK
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was great but the service awful. Asked to leave as someone else had a booked table. It was rather embarrassing and rude the way we were asked to leave. No one by the door to welcome us either. Had to wait 5 mins. Disappointing service, will not be back.

OT
London
31 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been with a friend for brunch. The service was quick and attentive, the quality of the food very good. Coffee was excellent. We enjoyed the buzzing atmosphere on a Sunday morning. A place to enjoy with friends.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food was completely stuffed and service was really good too

JV
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fab place to eat. Really comfortable and welcoming

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was really good and the place was amazing. The hostess was quite rude and the servers were nowhere to be found (except when paying the bill). Expect good food, bad service

CM
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great welcome, attentive but intrusive service, absolutely delicious food and just the right amount. No distractions or hassle. I loved it.

VS
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Extremely loud for a business lunch and the staff were not impressed that we did not want to order food straight away. Food was okay, very small. Drinks were lovely.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Need simpler menu, too fussy. Tried too hard to add novel twists without sufficient option for a simple meal

A
London
79 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We sat at the bar for brunch. I'd have expected much better service than we received. We often had to look for a waiter. One of the barmen accidentally overpoured a glass of champagne from the bottle we purchased. Fortunately, his manager was beside him and offered us a complimentary glass after we finished it to make up for it. He wasn't going to do anything about it. The food was very good and super quick. I'd suggest booking a table over the bar.

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent! Food was delicious!

S
Kent
10 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food. Beautiful restaurant. The waitress was lovely and the staff in general really nice. The dishes themselves were fairly priced for the quality and size. The bill was pushed up by the expensive drinks, which cost more than the food and I ordered the 'cheapest' wine. But other than that, it was a beautiful meal in a beautiful space and I look forward to going again.

D
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service with a lovely environment

PS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious mushrooms and poached egg ! Very friendly service though a little slow.

s
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I used to be a huge fan of this place but sadly I don't think I'll be back. We visited on Sunday and the main issue is that they had ran out of both roast chicken and roast beef by 2.30pm. This seems like really bad planning, as surely it could be predicted that these dishes would prove popular at Sunday lunchtime, and it's not like it was late in the day. I then had to choose something else and when I asked if a certain dish could have scrambled eggs instead of baked eggs I was told a flat out "no". To be honest I've not been in a situation before where the server does not even offer to check with the kitchen staff. I was additionally surprised seeing as the server had just returned to tell me my original order of a roast was not possible; in other places they would want to ensure they can sort you out if their menu is limited in other ways. That's without even getting into why on earth a professional kitchen cannot scramble an egg! Still a beautiful restaurant in a great location but it feels like a gamble these days rather than the solid place it used to be where you were always guarantee a good meal and nice service.

KF
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always brilliant service here. It is quite noisy and bustling so if you're looking for somewhere calm, I'd suggest elsewhere. Highlights definitely the food, cocktails and atmosphere.

L
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We went as a family to celebrate my birthday.
We felt quite rushed as we had our table for an hour and a half and were repeatedly told that the table was booked after us. It was very noisy and difficult to hear my family. The food was delicious

SB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and an excellent menu choice made for a delightful Sunday brunch. Staff are attentive and friendly and the food was delicious. Reasonably priced too. We shall be back!

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food, service and atmosphere

A
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous brunch at The Riding House Cafe. A real gem. A delightful respite from the hustle and bustle of busy Oxford Street. Delicious food and reasonably priced too. Looking forward to our next visit

MB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Teapot a little small
Portion size good
Quite pricey
Milk not fresh they was served with coffee
Refilling of water glasses great
Would have useful to be told 2 sausages in extra portion
Halloumi very overpriced

MD
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The quality of the food just isn’t up to scratch. Visited 6 years ago and hoped time would have changed it for the better. It hadn’t. Pancakes slightly burned, more like sponge cake than pancake. Veggie breakfast had two very small pieces of dry halloumi. Potatoes had a ‘plasticy’ flavour to them. Wilted and tasteless spinach. Tiny portion/half a slice of dry toast. I love brunch but I actually left some of this meal sadly. Similar experience noted by friends. As a Brit, sad to say the UK doesn’t seem to be able to compete on the world stage with breakfasts! Perhaps this place focuses on numbers through the door rather than quality of food.Real shame as ambience and staff great.

L
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, friendly staff and tasty food.... will definitely be heading back here.

D
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing breakfast for my fiances birthday. The staff were lovely and food was outstanding. As it was my fiances birthday they even brought out pancakes for him with a candle. A lovely touch. We will definitely return!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reunion with friends

WG
London
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend this venue and looking forward to my next visit.

SK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely breakfast of buttermilk pancakes with berries. Delicious. Absolutely satisfied. Will definitely return in future.

TF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant staff and inventive menu! Would thoroughly recommend

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