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The Riding House Cafe

4.1
2624 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
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  • 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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Modern European
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Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday: 7.30am - 10.30pm

Friday: 7.30am - 10.45pm

Saturday: 9am – 10.45pm

Sunday: 9am – 9.30pm
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Phone number
020 7927 0840
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Parking Details


There is a very limited amount of street parking on Great Titchfield St, Little Titchfield St and Riding House St.
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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.

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What 2624 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
4.2
ambience
3.7
value
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined a day ago

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.

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5.0Dined on 15 April 2018

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

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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.

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4.0Dined on 13 April 2018

They do an excellent choice of breakfast options here. I found it strange though that they seat everyone in the same area when the restaurant is not busy, it would have been nicer to be more spread out.
The waiter said they could only do 2 poached eggs not 1, which again I found odd.
The food was excellent though and the service was very good. Would definitely return.

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2.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Booked a table for 4 for a casual dinner with friends mid-week. I'd been before for Weekend Brunch with a friend, so thought we'd be in good hands. We arrived early with the plan that if the table wasn't ready, we'd have a drink at the bar. We were directed to the bar but no offer was made of coming to get us when our table was ready. At the Bar there were plenty of staff around but for some reason only 1 bartender was preparing drinks. The others seemed busy tidying up and ignoring us. I had to ask for a drinks menu and then again to actually place our order. Not a great start. Since the bar didn't have enough room for the 4 of us, we asked if we could be seated as the long table in the cafe section was half empty and a table for 4 ready and waiting near the entrance. However, we were told we had to wait since our table wasn't ready yet despite seats being available. At our booked time we were then seated in the restaurant section. Our server was friendly and helpful but seemed a bit overwhelmed. The food took a while by which point we were hungry enough to forget that the starters we'd ordered also hadn't arrived. Then it turned out that 2 of the main courses we'd been given were actually meant for another table. The food itself was good but the overall experience at Riding House Café was not. The decor is great but the customer service leaves a lot to be desired.

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5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Decided to go for mini plates instead of one main course. Great selection - the pork belly was amazing, aubergine dip delicious. Love this place to catch up with friends. Definitely will be returning.

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4.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Tasty food, interesting decor, attentive service. .

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4.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Lovely brunch place. I must say that it is quite hyped and slightly difficult to get reservations but it is simply a nice place to have brunch rather than anything spectacular. The service is definitely very good and I enjoyed the food and coffee.

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4.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Went for late dinner on Saturday and wasn't as busy as usual, so atmosphere not as buzzing as usual. Food was good , particularly the duck livers- sublime. Waitress Elixabeth was excellent, explained dishes and was very friendly.

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4.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Overall a lovely meal, I've eaten here several times before and always recommend it to friends. The lady on reception was very friendly and even accommodated 3 of us when the booking was only for two. Unfortunately the service once we sat down was pretty bad from both the people who served us our food and drinks.

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4.0Dined on 5 April 2018

Our waiter -was it Andre from Portugal? - was excellent and attentive. We had a good time.

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2.0Dined on 3 April 2018

Food was disappointing. Especially the kedgiree which was blended like a baby food?!

Previous visits have all been very good, this one was not

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5.0Dined on 3 April 2018

Second time I've been here. First for breakfast then lazy lunch. Just love it. Great food. Fab retro interior.

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3.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Whilst the venue is nice I was somewhat underwhelmed by the food and the high prices for what were very small portions

The Reuben sandwich was sent back as the meat was too chewy and the salads ordered were missing half the advertised ingredients

However to their credit the salads were replaced and the sandwich replaced by another dish which was not charged for hence the higher score for service as the mistakes were handled well

However the wine was expensive and the overall bill a high surprise so not sure I would go back again

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Great food and nice staff in a great location with good interior design.

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4.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Great atmosphere, good service and good food, really enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on 28 March 2018

Impromptu visit with my best friend and we were not disappointed. It's just a wonderful place to go for a nice evening out. Service was great. Perhaps more water next time?

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3.0Dined on 28 March 2018

Food was good, service a bit slow - the dining room is super noisy. I found it hard to hear the conversation I was having. It is a nice place for lunch or dinner though.

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3.0Dined on 26 March 2018

Love this cafe but the waiter was inattentive, forgot one of our orders and ignored us until he had to deal with us.

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2.0Dined on 24 March 2018

I had been to the Riding House Cafe a number of times when it had first opened. Never great value but always worth it. Great cocktails and interesting menu. I booked a table on Saturday, it was the first time I'd been there for about 9 months.

I have to say, it seems to have gone down hill. Greatly reduced cocktail menu and the food menu seems to have lost its pzazz.

When we were eventually seated, our waiter failed to mention that they were out of the Ruben sandwich (15:30 on a Saturday). When we tried to order it he just said "we're out of that" and then looked pretty put out that we didn't have a backup order ready.

We ordered cocktails for 3 out of 4 of the party and a bottle of red. We had to chase up the wine twice and in the end the waiter left it on the desk by the door (6' from our table?!) for a good five minutes.

Apart from that the service wasn't too bad and the food was tasty.

It's just not the place it was when it first opened.

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3.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Nothing special or unique about the menu items, the food was average and only luke-warm. Taking this into account, the value for money is not good, and they’re charging alot for something you could make better at home at half the price.

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3.0Dined on 22 March 2018

Nice ambience. Food ok. Totally understand they need the table back after requisite time but they missed a trick - they could have been more welcoming by offering that we sit at the bar for coffee afterwards which we did anyway but could have easily gone elsewhere. 90 minutes table limitation not quite long enough for what we needed.

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4.0Dined on 22 March 2018

We met for breakfast and were pleasantly greeted upon arrival. The staff were nicely attentive, the food was tasty and the atmosphere relaxed and pleasant. Would definitely recommend for breakfast/coffee, etc!

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4.0Dined on 20 March 2018

Lovely experience until we realised there were squirrels hanging on the wall like... lamps??, at that point, we were glad we just had a coffee and didn't have brunch and realised afterwards about those creatures...

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

This is a stylish restaurant, instagrammable décor, an excellent menu and an even better cocktail list. The staff are the perfect level of tentative, leaving you to enjoy your meal yet ensuring that you are always fed and watered. I organised for two cocktails to be delivered to our table upon arrival and sure enough they arrived almost as soon as we sat down. My mum was so impressed and made her day out just that little bit better. Thanks guys, would definitely recommend.

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3.0Dined on 17 March 2018

We enjoyed our afternoon here however the food wasn't as good as I expected and the service was a little disappointing. Cleared plates without asking how it was and never offered drinks when glasses were quite obviously empty. I'm not one to usually write negatively however I've heard such good things about this place I was surprised by my experience.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

A fabulous substantial breakfast in a beautiful restaurant. Everything was perfect.

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2.0Dined on 16 March 2018

The service was great but both the juice (‘gold’) and the kedgeree we ordered were bland and lacking in depth of flavour. Disappointing.

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2.0Dined on 15 March 2018

Hour and a half not really looking good enough for girly lunch. Juice and main course I ordered not available at 12 noonot they had run out! No time for desert my friend was delayed by both public transport and crowded reception area so ...
What we did eat was very good but we won't be going back.

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4.0Dined on 15 March 2018

Delicious breakfast, great coffee and smashed avocado - quite loud and bustly but still good

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5.0Dined on 12 March 2018

Outstanding preparation of the Scottish Salmon, both tastes and aesthetics were done to perfection. Friendly and well-timed service, even threw in a complementary pint after my second main order.

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4.0Dined on 12 March 2018

Super cool

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2.0Dined on 11 March 2018

We had a late lunch booking. The Sunday Roast was no longer available which was s shame. But the food is very average. Nice buzz to the place but nothing like it used to be. Just average and there are a lot better places in London to eat at this price and location.

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

A buzzing brunch spot with delicious options including yummy pancakes and perfectly cooked poached eggs. The service is always good and the staff are all polite and helpful. Well worth a visit.

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

We had breakfast for the mother's day. It was lovely and the waiter was really kind to explain us the ingridients of every dish in the menu!

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3.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Pretty average, lot less enjoyable than when they first openend

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3.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Nice decor and ambience but nothing special. The staff were delightful however.

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Had a great lunch with two girlfriends! Wonderful food and great table service. Could have been friendlier at the front desk but overall excellent. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Great atmosphere for an evening meal. Nice selection of meals and drinks to choose from. Staff were attentive and the service was very good. Would definitely come again.

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5.0Dined on 9 March 2018

This was my second visit to the Riding House Cafe, this time for lunch. The cheese burger I had was simply excellent, beautifully cooked and presented and utterly delicious. One of my accompanying diners had the beef Wellington and said it was some of the best beef he had ever eaten...! Looking forward to going back, as and when.

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