The Riding House Cafe

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3082 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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S
London
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Riding House Cafe never disappoints. We had a great Friday night dinner and drinks. Good atmosphere and service.

B
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I would recommend Riding House Cafe I loved the food and the look however our service was appalling. Our waiter was not interested and was quite surly in the language that he used.

SB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply Excellent food - absolutely delicious! Fantastic Venue - will return!

OT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yum brunch! Beautiful place, great vibe and friendly staff.

D
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service. Best pancakes in London

JM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The ambience and service were good, but my food was not. The bacon was thick and hard to cut, and the buttermilk pancakes were dry. I found it really indigestible. We were also sitting directly below an air conditioning unit which made it a little unpleasant.

BM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very friendly service

AS
London
10 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and friendly staff. The decor is beautiful!

TB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience!
Great staff and great food! I’ll be looking forward to coming back!

Z
London
52 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

I visited the Riding House Cafe for brunch with a friend. The staff were very attentive and helpful when we arrived, and my coffee was lovely. I ordered the scrambled eggs with cherry tomatoes - the tomatoes were perfect, but the eggs were rubbery and overdone. Nobody came to ask whether the food was okay, and my plate was cleared too quickly for me to mention anything. Generally the cafe has a nice atmosphere and I'd go back, just not for brunch.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable and wonderful service.

s
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I generally love the Riding House cafe but on this visit my breakfast was not good. I ordered eggs, avocado, mushrooms and halloumi. The scrambled eggs tasted overcooked and bitty and the halloumi tasted like it was reheated rather than freshly made. Overall I love the atmosphere there and the service is great, though. I would go back but not great breakfast and in the future, would probably tell the waiter if there was a similar issue with the food.

S
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The food was lovely with the Mac and cheese being tasty. However the service was extremely slow from the kitchen.

a
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The full English breakfast at an eye-watering £14.50 was extremely basic.

RW
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, great ambiance, considerate service. We had a lovely evening and will return.

B
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The worst scrambled egg I’ve ever eaten, the smoked salmon was pretty bad too

n
London
8 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

It is unfortunate, but lately, every time I have come to the Riding House Cafe the food is increasingly worse and worse.

s
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect brunch menu - something for everyone and some excellent cocktails as a bonus. We'll be going back to try everything!

ZK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, had a young baby with us and he was happy. Great service and didn’t rush us out.

SN
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was really busy and buzzy. I had booked for brunch shown to a table with a stool as one of the chairs.
Tea pots leaked
Sourdough toast very chewy
My chorizo hash was disappointing. Eggs over cooked, chorizo over cooked and potatoes undercooked.
Smoothie was nice. My friends ham and Eggs was good. Just a little disappointing as mine was so dry

JA
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was busy and noisy but this did not change our experience, the staff were great and attentive. Space is tight.

OT
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Fun brunch. Good food, excellent Benedict, reliable grub. Wish the service was on point.

g
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious breakfast food and really comfortable seating. Very comfortable atmosphere and good customer service.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the Smashed Avo on Toast + Feta 👌🏻

L
London
27 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service is excellent and attentive; the food, amazing. I had the best shakshuka I’ve ever tasted here and can’t recommend it highly enough, although would suggest you get extra toast as it doesn’t come with a lot. There’s a lot of noise, so good for more of a lively brunch feel rather than for a long, lazy morning.

HS
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The staff were very helpful and catered to all our requirements. The only thing they could improve was clarifying who was in charge of the orders for our tables so that we knew whose attention to try and get.

EC
London
23 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I’ve been to this restaurant many times. It is generally very good. However Sunday evening doesn’t seem the best time to go. We were a table of 6 by the window in the bar area and it was very cramped. They have a new high table in the centre and the chairs are fixed so the 2 members of our party closest to them were bumped every time someone walked past. We asked if we could move but the only option was the high table which wasn’t suitable for 2 of our party due to mobility challenges. The restaurant area was empty. I understand the operational reasons for putting people in the bar area but I would expect guest experience to trump operational convenience. Our waitress was lovely but overworked so the service was slow. The food was good. I do really like this place but please sort out the layout of that room and think about the comfort of guests!

MP
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The place feels lively, yet relaxed. The service is very attentive. The food is great, I indulged in the buttermilk pancakes with the berry compote and it was great. The portion was very generous. I have been before, and I will go again!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I’d have paid them the bill again for the quality of the food and not batted an eyelid. For bob on the centre of London, you’d go a long way to eat such a decent meal for the price I paid (about £45 for two inc. drinks etc.)

I’m a Brummie so I’m never going to be happy unless we’re all sitting in one-another’s laps, but there was a bit of an insular experience despite the long communal bench.

Staff friendly and attentive without pulling a chair up to the table and giving it the “hi guys” thing.

f
London
39 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
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.

GW
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Teething errors in service - service was a bit too casual and way too many servers around our table
Can’t fault the food except the portions were smaller than expected given the price
Sticks were lovely

MM
London
9 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
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 on 18 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

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

GU
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good!!

GW
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
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 on 17 August 2019
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 on 16 August 2019
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
8 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

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

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