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The Riding House Cafe

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3383 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European

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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.


***NOW taking bookings for the Christmas period from 25.11 - 24.12. Also our doors will be open on Christmas Day to welcome friends and families, for a feast to remember. View the menus on our website.***

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

Offers

London Restaurant Festival Tasting Menu £25

Oct 1-31, 2020·Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00 17:30-21:00

Enjoy all dishes from our Tasting Menu, add wine pairing for £15.

What 3383 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
Value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PennyF
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Our first trip to The Riding House Cafe and we will definitely be back! Great service and the food was amazing. We came for breakfast and there’s a great choice on their menu.

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RebeccaB
London
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

As usual, had a nice meal here, it's my 'go-to' place for dinner when I'm in London.

Such a shame restaurants have to close at 2200 now as it does cut the evening short. No fault of RHC of course!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Rebecca, Great to hear you always have a good time here and thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Hope to see you again soon! Fiona

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Nate
London
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was amazing. Staff very pleasant. Best Pancakes in London.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Nate, Thank you for your lovely review, the team is chuffed and we hope you'll beback for the pancakes again soon1 Fiona

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Silvasista
London
17 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Pancakes were delicious and the atmosphere was pretty relaxed!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Silvasista, Glad to hear you enjoyed the pancakes. Hope we get to welcomeyou back soon! Fiona

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SophiaL
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Really lovely, I enjoy a brunch every time I go and the team were so helpful!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

Hi SophiaL, Thank you for the lovely review, great to hear that you always have a good time here. Hope to see you again again soon. Fiona

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Tp1234
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Decent place . Nothing wrong . Portion sizes are small but I like teh atmosphere but I guess depends where you sit .
Food was small portion so I want full and tbh nothing special .

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vipDavidB
London
43 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a great place to eat. Food is delicious. Service is great and attentive.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

Hi DavidB, Thanks for you lovely review, that's great to hear. We're looking forward to welcoming you back. Fiona

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BriceD
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent ambience, staff were great although sometimes difficult to get a hold off but the exquisite food more than made up for it. Strongly recommended if ever in Fitzrovia

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

Hi BriceD, Thank you for your kind rating and taking the time to leave us a review. We'll make sure the team are on point on you next visit which hopefully won't be too far away! Fiona

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Nicola
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Normally go for brunch, first time for dinner and would go back! Lovely food, great atmosphere, in Covid times we felt comfortably sitted away from others with a buzzy atmosphere still!

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U3131
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A perfect place to go to for friends catch ups. Relaxing cool vibes. Following Covid guidelines. The only thing is they were not able to be flexible in the set menu as my friend doesn't eat beef and they couldn't swap other dishes to replace the beef dish.
Otherwise, great night out.

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FleurR
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Nice restaurant to go out with friends or for couples! Food was nice but not super great.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

Hi FleurR, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great rating, hopefully we'll be able to wow you next time! If there's any further feedback you'd like to pass on, drop me an email at fiona@railhouse.cafe Fiona

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JohnH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Very good food and excellent service

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ScarlettB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing , always like coming here, very hard to get a table sometimes but food and menu is great

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Mars
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

The tasting menu was pretty disappointing. We should have stuck to brunch. Given it was for restaurant month the flavours were ordinary and the pairings quite average. Not what I expected from them.

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YoungSpeckledHen
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

A great spot in Soho for working remotely or grabbing an early evening drink. Service was below par on this occasion (took far too long for drinks to arrive, a few rounds took nearly 10 minutes to arrive) but put it down to the tough times we're all facing. Gladly recommend.

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vipEzemcol
London
43 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience3

Food was superb (I had salmon in miso broth with vegetables and my colleague had coconut chicken). Nice service - attentive but not too much so. Tables a little close for comfort and very noisy because it was busy but one of my fave places to eat near my office.

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KiranG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Service was not great. They gave me the wrong order and forgot my drinks. Also the bread on the muffins were not nice

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 14 October 2020

Hi KiranG, We're really sorry to hear that you didn't have a good time on your last visit to us. We've rebriefed our team on double checking orders and have passed on your feedback on the muffins to our chefs to ensure they run quality checks. We're always striving to improve, and so appreciate you taking the time to leave your review. We hope to see you again and leave you with a better impression next time. Fiona

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WilliamL
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Great typical London brunch, very good food, and nice place!

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TaniaL
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great experience. The food was good. I ate the best Mac and cheese there!!

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Katie
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Great truffle Mac and cheese. Terrible service. They took a long time to bring the food and then rushed us out giving us only a 5 min warning. They also have me a large portion when I ordered a small.

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vipzoobook
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing brunch- best pancakes! Great sever too, definitely will go again

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FionaP
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place but a bit noisy. Food was lovely and service was mainly excellent

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FayeW
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Our food was slightly burnt and and one member of the party said the burnt muffin effected the overall taste a lot.

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NatalieP
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I had the shakshuka which was amazing but the pan was scorching hot and even though i tried to avoid it, it burnt my skin and i now have a huge red raw blister on my hand - not ideal! and quite dangerous

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AmyJ
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

Great food but absolutely terrible service - table not laid when we sat down and wasn’t laid for about 30 mins. 20 mins before anyone came to take a drinks order. 20 more minutes for our food order. I had to find a waiter to order another bottle of wine as nobody came anywhere near our table. No one cleared our plates or brought us desert menus. We were just brought the bill whilst our plates were still on the table. Service is always really bad here. Great food though. Wine incredibly overpriced

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sarahy
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great meal, restaurant well set up with Covid rules, felt safe and a pleasant place to spend an evening

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vipNikkiR
London
84 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The festival menu is great value with delicious dishes, although some work better than others. The accompanying wine flight is more hit and miss. You'd be better off choosing your own wine separately.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful breakfast for my birthday week. Love the decor and the seating. Food was lush and our server was lovely, friendly and attentive.
Would definitely come again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary brunch

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great brunch experience here! Recommended going again

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Jamie
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely service, staff wearing masks and shields. Food was fresh and full of flavour (brunch)

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Rieee
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food came out on the more chilled side, could have been hotter. Service Decent welcome from the front of house, the waiter was perfect And in job. Overall value for money.

Would dine there again.

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Jennifer
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

This is a nicely designed, pretty trendy bar + restaurant in the Oxford Street area. If you can get a booth or bench seat - great! I've managed to both times I've been. The decor is stylish. It can get a bit loud, even during the pandemic so do note that. I like that there are different option sizes for the bowls. There are pretty good options for vegans too. The cocktails are excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had only been to The Riding House Cafe for a business breakfast before but when my friend and I came for dinner last Saturday we had such a lovely time. Service was attentive and he read the table well. Food was super- cannot fault our evening and my friend was really impressed with my choice :-)

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AnnaC
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I enjoyed the food and the ambience generally but the noise level was too great for my taste.

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Matt
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Always excellent for brunch and lunch. Great food

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HannahB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good atmosphere, near to oxford road so easy to get to

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anon
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

I have previously been here several times where the service has been good. On this occasion I attempted to call twice to tell them I would be running 10 minutes late (even less) to which my calls were not answered. I was then quite rudely met at the entrance and cut short when I tried to explain this, almost like being told off by a teacher. Understandably they were in a rush to close their kitchens however I had arrived before that time and therefore do not expected to be treated so coldly. Won’t be coming back which is a shame because it was one of my favourite places. You don’t know what people are going through so always try to be kind and understanding.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on 5 October 2020

Please let me apologise for your experience with us, these are certainly not the standards that we strive for. We really appreciate you taking the time to get in touch and empathise that your experience was a disappointing one. Our kitchen does have a specific closing time, so it was more the host's intention to ensure you got your order in and were able to dine with us. However, we can empathise that his tone may have made you feel rushed, but this was not his intention. Kind regards Fiona

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Crmn
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing brunch! Loved it! Only two possible complains: shakshuka slightly pricy and americano coffee too bitter (although this is quite personal)

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deliciouslytasty
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Have been to RHC on many occasions and it never fails to please. Very lively atmosphere, great food and service too. Highly recommend it.

FAQs

The Riding House Cafe offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7927 0840.

The Riding House Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 3383 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 reservations at the moment.