The Riding House Cafe

4.2
2704 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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.
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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 2704 People Are Saying
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food
4.0
service
4.2
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

was disappointed with the food as eggs were hard and bread was stale, however they did take off the price of a meal for it. However the staff were lovely and attentive

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service good for business meetings and people watching

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3.0Dined on 7 August 2018

Food good. Slow but friendly service. No diet non alcoholic drinks and wine is expensive.

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4.0Dined on 6 August 2018

I enjoyed the experience a lot and the food was excellent. The staff were a bit uninterested though.

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5.0Dined on 5 August 2018

Wonderful place with generous portions.

The berries pancakes were awesome and I am so glad we went there.

I will definitely go back in the future.

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Very pleasant staff and delicious food with a twist

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3.0Dined on 31 July 2018

Nice but the food is pricey for what is on offer. I came here around 4 year's ago and the standard seems to have dropped off somewhat. Still a nice place to go in a central location.

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2018

Easy to book. Food was great. Slight mistake with our order that the staff were very apologetic for and sorted out very quickly.

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4.0Dined on 28 July 2018

really great place for Brunch, tasty food, creative dishes.

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3.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Food was good but there’s room for improvement in other areas.

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4.0Dined on 27 July 2018

This is a lovely restaurant with a good bar. It can be noisy, depending on who is in, but generally it has the vibe of a decent local restaurant, as it's slightly off the beaten track.

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2.0Dined on 25 July 2018

I was greeted warmly at the restaurant but unfortunately things went down hill from there. We ordered a cocktail to start which wasn't as tasty as I had hoped. Saffron infused gin with champagne and rhubarb, unfortunately it looked and tasted more like berocca. We wanted to order the whipped feta but that was off the menu on the day we visited. I ordered the chicken and my friends both ordered burgers. Due to Westminster regulations no burgers can be served medium anymore, it has to be medium well or well done. Shame. My chicken was overcooked and a bit dry.
The waiters were functional but certainly not happy.
Overall its not an experience that has inspired me to return so I think I will find an alternative when I am next in the area.

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4.0Dined on 25 July 2018

Only one reservation I thought the drinks particularly the wine were overpriced otherwise excellent. Particularly liked menu variety my salad was excellent.

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2.0Dined on 23 July 2018

Very priced with unfriendly brisk staff. Went for cocktails for a special birthday and were treated with extreme indifference and met with a huge bill for average drinks.

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2.0Dined on 22 July 2018

Very mediocre. Over priced for what you get. Very standard Full English for the cost. There are far better places for brunch.

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4.0Dined on 21 July 2018

We booked for a Saturday brunch after some recommendations. The food was really excellent (big portion sizes!) and reasonably priced. The service was a big hectic though and it took a long time to get our bill and pay, even though there was a queue of people waiting for tables. The staff were really nice but seemed rushed, hence four stars.

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4.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Classic dishes served in a classy but relaxed restaurant. The place has a nice bustle to it. Full of hip young things. Only let down our waiter making it clear that waiting tables was not his passion in life. Other waiting staff were excellent.

Highly recommended for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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5.0Dined on 19 July 2018

Love this place. Every time!

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2.0Dined on 18 July 2018

My experience was very poor. I ordered the pancakes with berries and they came to me cold. I told our waitress and she changed them for me and they came back burnt! By this point I was starving and ate what I could but the bitter taste become too much! I told the waitress I couldn’t finish the pancakes due to the bitterness of the burnt pancakes. The manager ended up taking these off the bill as I complained again. I was very disappointed as I heard such great things about this place. I don’t think it’s worth going to. I won’t be going again.

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5.0Dined on 18 July 2018

Lovely breakfast, courteous staff, and a great location/vibe. We thoroughly enjoyed it :)

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3.0Dined on 17 July 2018

Vegan option wasn't actually vegan. Misleading menu for that reason, quite disappointing.

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2.0Dined on 16 July 2018

I'm never impressed every time I come here. Glasses dirty, it's expensive and just not that great. Mac and cheese was good though.

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1.0Dined on 15 July 2018

The service was very poor, ham was 80% raw when it was served and waited another 20 minutes for a fully cooked one to come up. Service was just lacked, and understaffed all the time hence waiters and waitresses were stressed out and almost rude all the time.

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5.0Dined on 15 July 2018

Always love Riding House. Staff and venue are great. Food is always delicious and the menu changes so you don't get bored!

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4.0Dined on 11 July 2018

Good - mains are quite small portions though..... my £15 kedgeree meal looked a little lost in the bowl.

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2.0Dined on 11 July 2018

I love the ambience at riding house cafe, but was disappointed in the breakfast as portions were v small and I felt I could make better scrambled eggs. Service was very average and unfriendly.

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5.0Dined on 9 July 2018

A lot of space family loved the food and good staff

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4.0Dined on 8 July 2018

Service could be better. We were there for brunch for 2 hours and then were denied an item on the menu because it switched to lunch.

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

Beautiful dining rooms - we sat in the room to the left of the bar around a comfy round table and we’re looked after briliantly by the attentive waiting staff.

The food came in good time and was delicious - a note that you don’t need toast with the chorizo hash though!

Overall, a great place to meet friends for a weekend brunch.

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Waitress Anna was amazing, so very friendly and engaging and lovely.

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Had a great brunch with my wife and three boys as part of a 50th birthday weekend celebration in London. There was something on the menu for everyone. Great buzz in the restaurant and very attentive and friendly service. Was recommended to me by a good friend and did not disappoint. I will be passing on the recommendation to others.

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Lovely atmosphere, fantastic service and the best blood Mary's!

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3.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Considering the main food vibe is brunch: avocados, kedgeree etc, nothin we had exceeded what what was on the menu. You ordered eggs on toast... you got eggs on toast. Boring and not even good quality for the price. Asked for hot sauce, got tobasco??!

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5.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Victoria Derbyshire was there!

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5.0Dined on 2 July 2018

Excellent service and good food. We had the burger and beer for £10 - bargain!

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4.0Dined on 1 July 2018

The staff were very friendly and the food was very tasty. However, it was extremely busy (Sunday midday) and we had to wait 50 minutes for our food to arrive. Additionally, we also ordered pancakes but were told after an hour that the batter was not good enough to be served. We were given complementary french toast however which was great!

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5.0Dined on 26 June 2018

Advise booking but fantastic place, lovely atmosphere and 1st class food. Staff superb.

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1.0Dined on 24 June 2018

Overpriced, and pretty tasteless, uninteresting food

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5.0Dined on 24 June 2018

The food was outstanding and perfect for brunch, the waiters were extremely friendly and helpful, would recommend to anyone

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Very nice restaurant. Lovely attentive staff and great food.

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