The Riding House Cafe

4.5
3734 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 3734 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very average food over all
Cajun stew was nice (from the brunch menu)
Lamb skewers were really badly cooked
Chicken Thai skewers were pretty good

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vippk32
London
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, ambience and food were all great.. lively atmosphere

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SarahG
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, food and ambiance, the full package I took my mum for the first time she loved it.

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Jade
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great moment, great english breakfast, thank you for this moment

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RalphandAli
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All food seemed very complicated!
Service was great

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Nate
London
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food as always.

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GeorgeR
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very busy so had a to wait a little longer than usual but great food and friendly service as always

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Alice
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and ambience as always. Well worth a visit.

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Oldguy
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a lively, energetic restaurant. The service was very good. They went out of their way to give us the table we wanted, and were pleasant and friendly throughout. Even though a staff shortage in the kitchen meant that a number of menu options were unavailable, this was handled well.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Hi there, thank you so much for your kind words. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit to us. I will pass your kind words on to the team. Looking forward to seeing you next time, Thanks, Ben

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MaryM
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Took ages for the server to arrive, and each " next step" (drinks order, food order, food delivery, check delivery etc) was always an extraordinarily long wait between.

Staff were very pleasant, just seemed either they were overstretched or maybe just not very organised.

Food was OK, it was perfectly nice bistro food.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Mary, Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. I am sorry that our service wasn't as fast as expected. Like many in this industry we are short staffed and struggling to find staff to fill vacancies. I am glad that you found our staff pleasant and I do sincerely hope you give us another try. If you do, please let me know at ben@ridinghouse.cafe and I will ensure you are very well looked after. Many thanks, Ben

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Nikki
Brighton
9 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely place for breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner. Top quality ingredients. Well staffed restaurant with the open kitchen where you can watch the cooks at work.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Nikki, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. However I would love to hear how we could get that final 5th star! If you could email me at ben@ridinghouse.cafe that'd be amazing. Many thanks, Ben

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EduV
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a really lovely spot. All of the food on the menu is superb. It’s a bit on the pricey side but I would say it’s worth it for the quality. The staff were very friendly and attentive and the restaurant warm and welcoming without any air of pretentiousness.

Will definitely come back but think it’s one for special occasions!

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vipSeja
London
34 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We only had the table for an hour and a half, but the service was so slow it was impossible to have more than one course in that time. When we enquired about staying longer we were told (rudely) that it was not possible. My elderly relative asked (nicely) that the service charge be removed & the waiter replied “I don’t want your service charge anyway!”. I understand that they needed the table but it was handled so poorly.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Hi there, I am so saddened to hear about your experience with us recently. I apologise profusely for the way you were spoken to, it is unacceptable and I have spoken to the member of staff in question. What you experienced isn't what we are about at Riding House so please can you email me at ben@ridinghouse.cafe and we can discuss further. I look forward to hearing from you, Thanks, Ben

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OpenTable Diner
London
29 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Really lovely service. Lovely place. Great cocktails. Main meal bowls a little underwhelming- but that may have been poor choice on my part. Overall a good choice for lovely night out.

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JustineG
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. I would definitely come back.

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SharminJ
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really enjoyed dining out at Riding House Cafe, food was amazing and wait staff were friendly. Would definitely go back

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 15 October 2021

Thanks so much Sharmin! We cant wait to welcome you back!

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Azol
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great service - the front of house attendee listened to my request to move to a quieter section as my meal was a business meeting, she was quick to react and very friendly. Perfect service.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 15 October 2021

Thanks Azol, we really appreciate it when people leave us positive feedback. See you next time!

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Izzy
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience, the blueberry pancakes were absolutely great and so was the service

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MJLow
London
21 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Tried the Taster menu - good value. Only fault would be the quinoa salad, we both thought why was that part of it. Odd salad! A great amount of food for a reasonable price.

Our waiter, Mariusz Sliwk was friendly and we had great service from him.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 15 October 2021

Thanks MJ! I will pass your thanks back to Mariusz! Hes such an key member of our team! See you next time!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Opened later than normal 8:30am and service was slow

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 15 October 2021

Hi there, I'm sorry to hear the service was slow on your visit. We are working on this at the moment to make sure we have enough people on to make sure the service is to where we want it to be. On opening late, please can you give me some more info as to what time as I can see from the reservation system that we has seated people at 8.30/8.31/8.32 etc. Thanks so much

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Veryrudehostessstaff
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Very rude hostess when we came in. Everyone was being spoken to at the door whilst in the queue but when it came to us she rudely shouted at us to "come over then I can't hear you" and had a really bad attitude, no customer service, no niceties, not a hello or a smile.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 13 October 2021

Hi, I apologise profusely - our staff are the warmest team I have ever worked with so I am shocked to hear about your experience and would like to hear more about when you visited. Please could you email me at ben@ridinghouse.cafe so that I can look into this further. Many thanks, Ben

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LuciaR
London
8 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Simply amazing. We had the tasting menu and everything was delicious, great quality food specially the beef and great service despite being warned they were short of staff and service might be slow.

One of my favourite restaurants in London!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 13 October 2021

Thank you so much for this lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you again to our venue! Thanks, Ben

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saphiam
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

I went to the riding house cafe on friday night to celebrate my 18th birthday with my boyfriend. Ive been a few times before and it has always been wonderful however we ordered our main courses at 19:50 and they came at 21:20! Ive never experienced terrible service like this before so i wasnt sure what to do. We did chase our food up twice however it still took an hour and a half unfortunately. They apologised when we asked where it was but i dont think this should be an acceptable time to wait.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 13 October 2021

Hi there, I apologise profusely for what you experienced when you came to dine with us. Please could you send me some more details as to what happened when you visited us at ben@ridinghouse.cafe. I can assure I will be looking into this as we have much higher standards than this. Many thanks, Ben

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TiggyO
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a lovely lunch with girlfriends. It felt quite noisy when we got there but it didn't actually bother us.
Service was very good.
Lovely venue
The only downside to improve was the toilets let a bit to be desired. There weren't regularly checked on. Toilet paper lacking, olds cartons on the floor etc.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 13 October 2021

Thank you so much for your lovely words & I am glad you enjoyed your experience with us. I will be looking into how well our toilets are kept and ensuring that they aren't found in the state that you found them. Many thanks for taking the time to leave us this feedback. Ben

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George
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was great, but the service quite poor. We were at the last table outdoors, therefore the waiter came only once by the table to take the order and I had to walk inside twice to ask for an extra order and for the bill.

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DisappointedDiner
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

I’ve been to RHC many times and chose this as our first girlie get together post COVID but have to say we were disappointed with our visit and not planning to come back. Firstly it was so loud you could barely talk to one another (a suggestion to turn the music down when it’s that loud with people), secondly there were too many items not available on the menu at 12:30 for a brunch sitting and lastly with the turnaround time on the table, after being asked if we wanted more drinks or some dessert, the server came back to say sorry you actually can’t have anything and have to leave because your time is up. To say, no we weren’t a rowdy table needing to be thrown out (!). If they hadn’t had issues with the menu meaning we had to keep changing our order (they could have said at the start vs handing menus with at least 4 dishes unavailable meaning we chose food and then had to look over again to try again) or if they hadn’t taken so long to deliver basically eggs on toast, we would have had plenty of time. They also had various spare tables so felt like we were being chucked out to have an empty table vs a waitlist of people, which was the part that annoyed us most. As you could walk in and get a table they basically were prioritising new people vs looking after us (people that booked a month in advance). They wouldn’t even wait for the whole party to be at the table to take payment, they took three that were there then came back for the final one when back from the bathroom?! I suspect part of their reason was because a few members of our party were late at the start, which seemed to annoy them. I understand that but as they had spare tables and had their own issues that meant less time for us, I felt they could have been more understanding and less rigid. So sadly it’s the end of an era for us going to RHC and will head elsewhere in the future, where we will get service that is just as good as the food.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 13 October 2021

Hi there, First of all I apologised profusely for your experience with us. This is not the standard we expect from our team and I will be investigating this further. Unfortunately coming out of lockdowns and with Brexit we have been experiencing a lot of supply issues which unfortunately means we have to pull items from the menu - this absolutely should have been disclosed to you when you were first greeted at the table & I will be personally making sure that this is happening. I do hope that you will give us another chance, if so, please email me at ben@ridinghouse.cafe & I will ensure that you are well looked after. Thank you so much for taking the time to provide this feedback, it is vital that we know where we fall short & how to improve. Thanks again, Ben

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Great food, nice ambiance and good service as the waitress was very helpful with our order and gave her some great recommendations.
However, I understand that face masks are not mandatory anymore , but I would expect at least the waitress to be keeping some distance from us! She was right next to my face , keeping zero distance and although I was clearly not comfortable as I put on my mask, she continue not to be keeping any distance at all. None of the staff was also wearing and overall it seems like they are not bothered at all about Covid.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 13 October 2021

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback. I am saddened to discover how uncomfortable you were made to feel during your experience with us. I will be discussing with the team how to manage the difficult situation we are all in, with regards to distancing and COVID guidance for restaurants. If you would like to email across any further details I'd love to hear it at ben@ridinghouse.cafe Thanks, Ben

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GiovannaB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The place used to serve amazing food but now this doesn’t seem to be an option anymore. A real pity

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jmags
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great restaurant. Once of my favourites. Lots of tasty menu choices. My only issue is I always find it difficult to get served.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 13 October 2021

Hi there, Thank you so much for the 5*! We are working really hard to improve the service we provide as it is a very difficult time, thank you for being understand & we look forward to seeing you again soon. Thanks, Ben

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vipjodo
London
67 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great meal at Riding House Cafe (first visit)! Great service from the moment we arrived to the moment we left, really good menu choices and the food was delicious. Portions are big too, you won’t leave hungry. Will definitely be back.

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EllaK
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Hello
The food was disappointing this visit and the service was absent

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 13 October 2021

Hi there, I am terribly sorry that we did not perform to the standard we expect. I would really like to hear more details about your visit, if you could email me at ben@ridinghouse.cafe I can investigate further. Thank you & looking forward to hearing from you, Ben

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MelissaC
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great service and a nice quiet table as requested, great for discussing all things business!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 13 October 2021

Thank you so much for this lovely review. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Thanks, Ben

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Louie
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal. Went for the taster menu which was great fun.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 7 October 2021

Thanks Louie! Glad you enjoyed it!!!!

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sparky
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was a comfortable but special place to meet

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really thought out place, love the decoration and attention to detail. Everyone was really friendly and polite. Food was really nice however a little pricy for breakfast and slightly noisy but also close to the kitchen. Overall really enjoyed our visit.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 7 October 2021

Thanks Lisa! Thanks for the comments! Yes unfortunately it can get a little crazy at peak times around the kitchen but will make sure your'e on a nice table out the way next time! Have a great week

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IsabelleS
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was slow but the food was lovely! Nice place to go for a weekend brunch with my siblings.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 7 October 2021

Thanks Isabelle! We are working at getting more staff in to speed up the service so apologies it was slow on your visit! Best Nick

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Rits
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Service was awful with the waitress slamming our coffee down on the table spilling it. A lot of the items including sunday roast wasn't available but we weren’t told this until we went to order. Dessert which was called “Chocolate creme brulee tart” was nothing like a crème brûlée tart but more of a chocolate cheesecake. So disappointed with the whole meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience, super attentive staff who can’t do enough for you.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 7 October 2021

Thanks so much!

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womblesbleed
London
12 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always lovely to visit The Riding House, our favourite casual dining gig in the West End. Really nice that everyone remembers us and our favourite booth, even though we're not in every week. Special shout out to our server and the kitchen for making us a chorizo hash even though it wasn't technically on the menu

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 7 October 2021

Thanks for the lovely feedback!!!! Its always a pleasure welcoming back regulars! See you next time!!!! Nick

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DeggsyDiner
London
11 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic way to stay a day. Great food with great service.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 7 October 2021

Thanks Deggsy!!! much appreciated!!!

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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 3734 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.