The Riding House Cafe

4.2
2663 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£26 to £40
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Modern European
Top tags:
  • Brunch
  • Casual
  • Lunch
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.
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Modern European
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday: 7.30am - 10.30pm

Friday: 7.30am - 10.45pm

Saturday: 9am – 10.45pm

Sunday: 9am – 9.30pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
020 7927 0840
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress Code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking Details


There is a very limited amount of street parking on Great Titchfield St, Little Titchfield St and Riding House St.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public Transit


The Riding House Café is located a 5 minute walk from Oxford Circus underground and a 10 minute walk from Tottenham Court Rd. The restaurant is served by numerous bus routes within a very short walk. Boris Bike bays are located on Foley St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

View Private Dining Details
What 2663 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.0
food
4.0
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
4.0Dined 4 days ago

Great ambiance close to, but just far enough from, the bussle of Oxford St and the other main drags nearby.
On this visit the Smoked Haddock Kedgeree had little flavour and little haddock.
Service and environment were very nice. Would try again in the hope of tastier food.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Unfortunately we didn’t have a good father’s day brunch. Short staffed and poor food
What a shame

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

We booked a table for two with a friend for a Saturday brunch, trying the shakshuka, eggs Benedict and berries pancakes, as well as the goji smoothie. Everything tasted great and the waiters were all really friendly.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on 13 June 2018

My boyfriend ordered the full English breakfast, I order the egg Benedict with Avocado and we enjoyed it very much. The atmosphere is lively but not too crazy. I’d recommended this place for breakfast and brunch with special ones.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on 12 June 2018

Service wasn't great to be honest, it lets the place down. Waiting staff are not attentive and seemed stroppy. Good ambiance when busier, nice booth style tables. The food was nice - good variation of options.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on 10 June 2018

It's good in general!

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on 10 June 2018

I’ve been to the Riding House Cafe a few times and it’s always been great but today was shocking.
Poor service at the start- the waiter had tremendous attitude and halfway through our order haughtily told us he couldn’t hear us because of the air con (!) Then the food was just terrible. I had the buttermilk pancakes, which were so tough you could use them for coasters. Slapped with some underwhelming bacon and a bit of syrup on the side. My friend ordered the fruit salad tabouleh which sounded delicious but came as some plain, bland couscous with a couple if strawberries and mulberries on top. Missing the basil and the yoghurt, and absolutely tasteless. Really disappointing all round.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Amazing brunch menu. I could eat the entire menu it was that good. Fabulous coffee. Pancakes were awesome. A real find. Would book in advance.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Amazing food and atmosphere. The range of food available is just right and the combination of the chilled atmosphere and top class food meant this is a place to go to if you want nice food without the effort of dressing up

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Fab breakfast - food great service great atmosphere great

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Excellent food and service

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

First time but definitely won’t be my last. Great little spot for lunch or brunch.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on 6 June 2018

The Riding House Cafe is one fits all in a good way. The menu is catered for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. You can find a quieter table for a date dinner or share a large table, probably the largest in London, with friends. Come and try it to love it!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on 1 June 2018

Loved my pancakes and so accommodating i wanted bacon and the sweet berries and cream and they made it happen!! Very happy

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 31 May 2018

The Riding House Cafe is a great little find. Lunch with a friend was lovely, our server was warm and welcoming, the food was fresh and beautifully cooked. The applewood cheeseburger with chips and the confit duck salad with orange and mozzarella were both really delicious. The poutine is not like the true Canadian version, unfortunately. Gravy too thin and not near enough cheese melted over it. But can be improved! Overall we loved the place, discovered by accident, we will be back.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on 28 May 2018

lovely restaurant - we had breakfast, which was very tasty. Only down side was that it was very noisy.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Went for breakfast with my mum. Lovely place lovely decor. Staff were very friendly and attentive. The food was stunning! Very good portion sizes and not stupidly overpriced.
Defo visit again!

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on 22 May 2018

Service was poor. Food was dull and lacked flavour. This place used to be incredible. It's lost it's way.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Sourdough bread (not sourdough)
Titchfield burger £20!!!!
Lemon tart not a baked tart just a shell filled with some very average lemon curd
Cheesecake, just a mushy slab of plain cheesecake with a few splashes of measly fruit purée
Ordered 2 flat whites which were very poor, would have been much better off going across the road to kaffeine

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Very lively for a Sunday, so booking is recommended. We had a late lunch at 2.30pm and ordered small plates to share, and a main each. The pancakes are a very good portion! But my favourite was the small plates, especially the Mac & cheese and the belly pork.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Brunch as fun not to busy food was the same as usual very consistent

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Lovely brunch. Friendly staff. Great atmosphere. Will definitely be back!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 18 May 2018

Great food overall and a great table, though the steak was a little undercooked! The main waiter was brilliant. They forgot the poutine dish but it did arrive later and they discreetly asked me on checking in who the birthday girl was when we arrived ( put it on the booking), but then nothing appeared for the birthday girl at any stage of the dinner - no candle - nothing :(
Was a shame....and disappointing as my sister in law had travelled down to London for the weekend.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on 18 May 2018

Came for breakfast. Lovely service but a very poor meal. I had scrambled eggs and a sausage and toast. The waitress advised I order separately as cheaper than ordering scrambled eggs on toast with a side of sausage. But each item came In a separate dish and I had to ask for a plate to use to put it all together. The sausage was very poor quality. More bread than meat. And the clincher was the butter came in little packets from Kerry Gold. At this level of establishment and for this price I want proper butter and a decent quality sausage. My guests ham and eggs was swimming in oil. She barely touched it. Will try to avoid returning. Overpriced for this quality of breakfast.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on 17 May 2018

Excellent staff serving. We were a party of 4. Ordered beef wellington 2 steaks and kedgeree. We did some sharing of starter and dessert helped by the second spoons etc. Good enjoyable served quickly. Dessert not their specialty perhaps (coeliac flourless chocolate cake supply exhausted) cheesecake disappointing. Couldn’t complain as not charged on the bill. Only concern we had was very busy time (8 pm) and difficult to hear each other speak.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on 13 May 2018

We booked a table for 15:15 and unfortunately one half of our party arrived at 15:30. They were forced to order pretty much before they sat down because the kitchen was closing, this would have been fine but I called the restaurant to see if I could have an earlier table and they said that they were full so it wasn’t possible (perfectly fair), but they did not say that their kitchen closed at 15:30. Further to the disappointment of having to rush (even though you are allowed to book a lunch table for times as late as 16:00??? Don’t know what they’d eat if the kitchen is closed?) But the most disappointing thing was that they genuinely had 2 options left on the entire main course menu left to choose from. The starters were also running out. So all in all a hugely disappointing restaurant after having heard that it was amazing. This all would have been acceptable if, on booking, I was told that the menu would most likely be reduced by that time of day and that the kitchen would close almost immediately after our arrival, just so we were prepared. Perhaps they could have even suggested visiting on another day. Lovely staff to take our orders and apologized for the rush but really don’t know why you’d offer tables to be seated so late if you normally have no food left by that time.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on 13 May 2018

I hadn't been to this place for a year or so, so came back expecting the same high level of food and service I had experienced previously. Unfortunately, the place seems to have gone severely downhill. Service was very poor in terms of the quality of staff (slow and inattentive). By the end of our meal, we were virtually the only people left in the restaurant, but 3 coffees still took 15 minutes to come, and we had to ask for the bill twice before receiving it. At the price you pay, you expect a quality brasserie experience, but this was very much not that. Absolutely would not recommend.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Great spot for lazy weekend lunch also great for sitting back and people watching

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

Great place, bright and airy! Wonderful staff and fantastic pancakes!
Only niggle is I would love some more veggie options that aren’t so heavy on eggs - I know that’s a tall order when you’re talking g about brunch though! Will def return x

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Great food & wine. Fun bar. Service started good but sadly declined.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Lovely ambience, service and food... great experience.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on 1 May 2018

Good food as always. A lovely atmosphere and decent service. Riding House Cafe rarely fails you

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on 29 April 2018

When asked to re-do something due to allergen presence, they just brought it back 30 seconds later with that part removed. Not really acceptable.

Great food, however had to wait 15mins in spite of having booked.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on 28 April 2018

A generally good experience, cold tea that was rectified quickly, good but nothing special.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on 27 April 2018

Great service, friendly but not intrusive. It was very busy when we visited but still felt staff were organised and responsive.
Food was good, brunch menu had a good range. Coffee was delicious!
Lovely lively atmosphere.
A great location in Central London.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 24 April 2018

This place was wonderful! I was in town for work and need a place to sit for a while to get some work done and grab a bite to eat. They were super accomodating and sat me near a table with an outlet. Food was super delicious, perfect balance between healthy options and comfort food. Great late night space.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on 23 April 2018

Sadly all the tables are far too close together so really struggled to hear anything. The food was yummy though!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on 22 April 2018

Great venue for brunch, for small or big parties. Pancakes were heavy but really good. Berry Smoothie wasn’t great but my coffee and friends latte were good.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 15 April 2018

Food was very nice. Service quite slow and also very noisy in there

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Met a friend for brunch on a Saturday and we had a great time. I had a yummy chorizo hash and she had the kedgeree, we were both very impressed. Good coffee, nice atmosphere and quick service, would recommend.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
67