The Riding House Cafe

4.5
3493 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 3493 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLaura
London
4 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food - great service and nice and warm!

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Ajei15
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is really good. Not sure it’s great value for money but it was good nonetheless. It’s not far from Oxford Street and easy to get to.

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Alfa2
London
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing fluffy American pancakes. Can’t wait to go back to have them again!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely and attentive staff. Great spot for outdoor drinks with the heaters. Highly recommend. Thanks G!

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CharlieN
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely food and top quality service. Slightly on the expensive side but it is a central London location.

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Laura
London
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a table outside and was pleasantly surprised with the good service. There's enough space and heaters to stay warm. I will be coming again when restaurants are fully open again.

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Georgia
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pancakes were out of this world! Definitely would come again!

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AlexandraD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never visited before but booked it because it looked nice and had outside space. The menu was really extensive and diverse, the food was delicious and the service was great. Our waiter even apologised at the end of our 90 minute reservation because there was another booking, obviously this is in no way his fault or the fault of the restaurant it is just how things are at the moment but I thought that was really sweet. Would definitely go again!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch with friends ... chilly, wet and windy day but the outdoor heater kept us warm. Great service and food was delicious!

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MarkN
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for a breakfast on a rainy Saturday morning. The sitting area outside was well covered and heated and the staff was friendly and attentive. The food was nice and the quantity was just right.

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KGreview
London
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service and most tables had heaters so made eating outside bc of Covid wok but I was not aware on the time restriction of 2 hours until I got there

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really friendly staff and great to be back c

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EmilyR
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely food, brilliant heaters and strong menu (definitely get the donuts for desert!) we were sat at a table round the corner and a little out of sight, so service was a little bit slower, but lovely team, so can't fault the service itself.

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CassR
Oxford
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A nice meal where we were looked after by a pleasant team. The only downside was being given a warning every ten minutes on how much longer we had the table for; it really felt like we were being hurried out.

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WendyM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was so cold as we were outside due to social distancing, no fault of the restaurant of course but perhaps if they had blankets to hand out that would have really helped.
But our waiter was lovely and seated us under a warmer heater after she saw that we were freezing.

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MeghnaS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was really nice. They even made me a hot toddy because I was freezing! Was a lovely experience.

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EAJA
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was great. We had a very powerful heater next to our table so even though it was about 5 degrees outside at least the top half of us wasn't totally baltic! Starters were great, but the mains were pretty average and quite expensive. We were surprised to be charged £15 for a martini (given all the cocktails on there were around £10).

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vipAndrewM
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Alessandro was a great waiter and the food was excellent. A regular venue for breakfast and one of the best around.

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NCH8
Dorset
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and attentive service and cute set up outside - not to mention the food was so yummy!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Our waiter Alessandro was great. He even brought us a candle to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday. We were happy with the food as well.
Only thing we were not happy with is that reservations are only for 1.5 hour. 10 minutes to the end of our reservation, we were brought the bill and reminded that the reservation was about to be ending. I think the management should change their strategy in this sense.
If it was possible to have a longer reservation, I would definitely go there again

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JennyI
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a very nice experience in RHC for a bank holiday brunch. We showed up ten mins early but were still offered our table, didn’t have to wait. Our drinks and food order was taken promptly and with a smile by Ana and everything was served in good time with food and drinks arriving hot. Very tasty meal, especially the pancakes were outstanding

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Eliza
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of my favourite brunch places in London! Just wish our time slot had been longer!

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AlexC
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was poor and very overpriced for the quality. Had the full English - sausages and black pudding felt like they had been cooked the day before and reheated, unbelievably dry. Not sure Lincolnshire will be happy with you claiming those are Lincolnshire sausages! Toast was what looked to be a thin slice of the cheapest white bread available. Really quite poor, especially for the price (c.£14).

Service was quite good in the main when serving drinks/food, but had staff members circling the table far too quickly. Cleared plates while one diner was still eating (unacceptable in my opinion), and clearly in a rush to get us out. I understand restaurants need a lot of covers having been closed for months, but service like this is a way to lose business.

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EstherT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, charming waiters and lovely atmosphere

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priyankaa
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good and service was good! Would defintely go back

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 2 May 2021

Thanks for your lovely review and 5 star rating Priyankaa, we look forward to welcoming you back! Fiona

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OpenTable Diner
5 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was good. Food was cold. No time to send back as table on limited time.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 4 May 2021

Hi there, i'm sorry to hear that the food was cold on your visit. If you can, email me the details of your visit to nick@ridinghouse.cafe I will pespond personally Nick

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
13 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good despite the fact that we were compelled to be outside. Good value

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 2 May 2021

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review and a great rating, we hope to see you again soon! Fiona

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PShah25
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Raspberry Soda was delicious. The food was tasty and good portions.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 2 May 2021

Thanks for the great review PShah25. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again! Fiona

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RosieC
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great set up with an overhead heater to keep us warm. Delicious food as usual and quick service which was great given the current timing restrictions. Definitely recommend!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 2 May 2021

Thanks for the great review Rosie, we hope to see you again soon! Fiona

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing and the service was perfect!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 2 May 2021

We're glad you enjoyed both the food and service on your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back!# Fiona

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good and the service great. Would definitely recommend.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 2 May 2021

Thanks for the great rating and review. It's always great to hear when our guests have enjoyed the food and service! We look forward to welcoming you back! Fiona

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vipParky
London
12 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely meal and attentive service in the outside gazebo. Excellent service and the food was really tasty - I had the vegan truffled portobello & sweet potato wellington with porcini cream with crispy new potatoes and it was seriously delicious. Grateful to be eating out again!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 4 May 2021

Thanks Parky! We appreciate the positive feedback. Hoipefully see you soon

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viplulu
London
12 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely spot, always a pleasure! will be back soon.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 2 May 2021

Great to hear you enjoyed your visit Lulu, we can't wait to see you again! Fiona

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor area, attentive staff, delicious food

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 30 April 2021

Thanks for the comments!!!!! Hopefully see you soon

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

egg benedict is only breakfast.
alternatively I ordered the salad with skewers. It was also good.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 2 May 2021

Thanks for taking the time to leave us such a great rating. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your food on your visit and look forward to seeing you again! Fiona

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelieveable food and fantastic waiting staff! One of my favourite spots in London!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 30 April 2021

Thanks for the wonderful comments!!! See you on your next visit!

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LeoH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely food, staff were great - did have to rush a little to keep to the 2h slot but totally understand this is due to COVID and trying to fit people in! The canopies outside were great and heater MUCH appreciated.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 2 May 2021

Thanks for the great rating and lovely review Leonora, we look forward to seeing you again soon! Fiona

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HuwR
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of the better places to eat with some atmosphere on these days when it is eating outside only.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 30 April 2021

Thanks HuwR! Thanks for the positive feedback! We have tried our best given the circumstances!

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CatherineS
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Servers attentive, seated quickly. A bit rushed due to hour and half time slots - would recommend restaurant creates 2 hour time slots as a minimum for eating. Food generally good, mac & cheese a little watery. Heaters in terrace a nice feature. Would come back.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 28 April 2021

Hi Catherine, Thanks for the feedback. Sorry you felt a little rushed. The demand recently had been huge. We do offer the 2 hours on the evening bookings, but will take into mind going forward. Next time we will make sure you have plenty of time on your visit Nick

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ng21
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and cosy outside tables with heaters even in the morning when it’s sunny

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 28 April 2021

Thank you for the kind words! Hopefully we will see you again soon! Nick

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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 3493 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.