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The Riding House Cafe

4.3
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3340 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.
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Offers

London Restaurant Festival Tasting Menu £25

Oct 1-31, 2020·Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00 17:30-21:00

Enjoy all dishes from our Tasting Menu, add wine pairing for £15.

Dine Local: Eat out to help out extended

Sep 1-30, 2020·Mon-Wed 09:00-11:30 12:00-15:00 17:00-21:00

50% off the guests' food bills, to a maximum of £10 per person, at breakfast, lunch or dinner available Monday to Wednesday only

What 3340 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.2
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4.4
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4.0
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Pegah
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The meals were wonderful, however, a main dish would not be enough without a side. The total cost was a bit expensive.

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London4Food
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Really poor prices displayed on the menu- we were charged incorrectly which was really disappointing. £20 set menu is for 2 people (you pay £40 not £20!
so the portions came and were larger than usual- its because they are for 2 people!- The menu doesn't state this.

Service is pretty slow as well- I think maybe they were short staffed.
Food was tasty and to a decent standard.
They didn't end up charging us for food for the extra food, BUT they didn't apply they discount that they have on at the moment for September- bit poor in my eyes!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my friend for a brunch and we really enjoyed the food and service:)
I saw table next to us receiving their order and looked so delicious that we topped our order with additional pancakes to share! Absolutely fabulous! Not mentioning lovely staff who was very attentive! Definitely will be back for more:)

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KehO
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic breakfast choices, portion size generous.

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FrancescaA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A lovely meal out, a nice range of drinks and food for a reasonable price. The service was brilliant and couldn't have asked for it to be better!

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NeilB
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service, lovely food and great value even without the Eat Out to Help Out discount that they were offering.

Last of the sunshine meant that we were able to sit outside, the Covid measures both inside and out were clear with none of the tables laid up and single use menus destroyed once we had ordered. We felt very safe without losing all of the good experiences when eating out.

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Kyle
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Very nice setting on a sunny Sunday morning, pedestrianised roads created seating outside. Unfortunately the poached eggs were cold, clearly pre cooked and then refrigerated. Annoying as the restaurant is in a nice spot...

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Emily
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff & really tasty food. The growlers are great value

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LaraY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Although menu is more limited there is still a good choice. Service is excellent and it’s a great location for brunch/lunch or dinner.

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BeaB
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and the food YUM. Always a great night

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Alichay
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great burger. Excellent value as part of deal. Thoroughly recommend.

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janeh
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambient gorgeous evening. Food delicious and can recommend it

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DaisyC
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely day to sit outside. Food was quick and reasonable

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DavidR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch - super tasty pancakes and fun atmosphere

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SineadM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and great staff. I would recommend.

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AimeeC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I’ve been to. Everything from the food to the service to the ambience is excellent

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RebeccaB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

had a great dinner on Tues evening. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely and attentive staff. Food was good and came really
Quickly. Have been here a few times and it’s always good. Breakfasts here are always good.

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Natacha
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I enjoyed the food but I was expecting to be blown away, and it was just decent. My friend ordered the burger it was just average. Nice restaurant, big table with booth seating, good service. The hygiene can be improved. I noticed there was a bit of old tea stuck to my tea filter and the female toilets were rather dirty.

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ilianaG
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a nice place to catching up with friends. The food was very nice and good prices, not expensive at all. I’ll go back for sure.

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ChrisK
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Unfortunately the food was expensive and not worth it.
Small portion -I had a fry up and it was small compared to other restaurants
They also did not take my mushrooms off when I asked .
They also forgot to bring my friends chips.
Overall disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked for 6 of us for brunch after a night out and stay over in London.... warm welcome, lovely friendly service. We had mixture of dishes and all were lovely. One wasn’t very hot so whisked off and new dish provided with big apols and fresh pot of hot crispy bacon. No one minds things not being perfect when they are sorted so graciously and efficiently. All round great experience for the morning after the night before!

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sarai
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service, huge portion sizes so you might want to share!

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Nidal
London
8 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I've always loved the Riding House Cafe and now more than ever our favourite places need our support. Excellent food (coconut chicken, sourdough and black tahini butter were both huge wins) and friendly service. Would 100% recommend and i'm going back next week,

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taniyaj
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A very pleasant experience overall . The children enjoyed and our server was beyond friendly

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KatieH
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Serves good food in a nice atmosphere with friendly staf

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PatrickS
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The bartender was extremely rude and did not wear an adequate face mask. They sat us at the counter even though there were plenty of tables available.

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Vinaylondon
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Great tasting menu with exceptional value for money. Had to wait extra 15mins for table and had to ask several times for water for the table. Despite this the ambiance and and food made up for this and given the current climate and given the offer period.

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JessicaW
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We went for the set lunch menu during Eat Out to Help Out. It was clear they didn't want to offer it when we got there - we had to ask to see the menus for it ourselves and it wasn't mentioned by the waiters. Although the food was delicious, it was slightly let down by the service - all of the food came out at once so our table was completely crammed. We also paid £15 extra for wine pairings, but the glasses came out two at a time with absolutely no accompanying description of why that wine had been chosen to go with the food (one of the waitresses had actually forgotten the name of the wine) so that felt like slightly wasted money. If it weren't for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, I would have been disappointed with the lunch overall despite the quality of the food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

The food was very average and poorly presented. Service was average - only one waiter was polite. Ambience was non existent - they need to revamp their outdoor area

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Anna
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Service from the staff in the bar was great. Service from their colleagues managing reservations and allocation people to tables was poor.

Despite several free seats around me (for the 1.5 hours I was sat there), my friend could not join me in the bar for breakfast when she arrived without a reservation. At the same time (and maybe due to our dissatisfaction), I was asked to leave my seat; it had in fairness been 1.5 hours so my time had "run out" - but no one was waiting for my seat and several seats around me were still free.

I experienced a low level of service-mindedness and "can do" attitude - and even a slightly hostile tone when being "thrown out".

The food and the atmosphere are great, but do not off-set the poor service.

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RichardP
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed atmosphere and serious about the food and the service. Excellent place

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Victoria
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Absolutely lovely restaurant in a great location. Quiet when we went and not at full capacity but totally understandable under the current global circumstances. One of my favourite places to eat in London.

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Zapper01001
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Good food, nice portions, very quick service, very attentive staff, cocktails could have been better for the price.

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JennT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had Shakshuka for brunch and it was delicious.

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SKKldn
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Staff were brilliant and very friendly. It’s a really lovely space. The coffee was delicious and very strong. However the food was not good. The shakshuka was flavourless; a bland tomato sauce with giant slices of uncooked pepper and a rock hard overcooked egg. The scrambled eggs were quite dry. The quality of ingredients is clearly a priority (the smoked salmon was delicious), so it’s a shame that they weren’t cooked well.

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FoodLover
London
13 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service with lovely staff. We had for our starters a king prawns, fennel, sesame, Aleppo chill and trued mac & cheese, shallot rings, capers, both delicious. The crispy rocket and shallots made the macaroni dish simple and stunning. Then our main course of jerk old spot pork belly, sriracha slaw and smoked Applewood cheeseburger, relish, mayo, brioche bun, gherkin was right for us.
However the only complaint was that there was a noisy neighbouring table with a particular individual who was obviously exercising his vocal cords to the nines.
A quite relaxing evening with good service and reliable food.

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PaulW
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely service. Bit of a limited menu, presuming Covid related. Wines by the glass weren't the best imho and didn't offer great value. Bit surprised last orders for drinks was around 10.15pm. Again i am guessing due to Covid. All in and most importantly had a great evening.

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Sbear
London
21 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great buzzy atmosphere, counter seating meant we could watch the pass which was really good
Excellent “eat out” menu; good quality food and amazing value. Wine pairing was a great little addition and we bought from the store after dinner as well
Staff where really lovely

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vipTastechaser
London
16 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Cote de Boeuf experience with my pal including a 4 stage wine pairing. Riding House Cafe you win me over every visit with your new dishes and consistently genuine service. Thanks!

FAQs

The Riding House Cafe offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7927 0840.

The Riding House Cafe is rated 4.3 stars by 3340 OpenTable diners.

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