The Riding House Cafe

4.2
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3169 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.***
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.1
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.9
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OT
London
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience1

Been a regular here for years, so I arranged to have my birthday dinner with a friend here. There were a couple of massive tables of office Christmas parties, full of shrieking drunk people and the consequently harassed staff made the ambience so loud, oppressive and unpleasant to be; not the elegant, slick, buzzy place that it usually is. Whilst waiting for my table, I got hit in the head by the contents of someone’s Christmas cracker, had a long wait to get a drink at the bar and was generally pushed around as I was in absolutely everyone’s way because it was so rammed. Thank god the quality of the chefs’ output was still up to the usual standard, that is what saved the dinner. (Especially the crab cake/squid starter!). I love Christmas, but the drunk office parties could have all been kept in the same area instead of in both dining rooms, just for the throats and sanity of those who prefer conversation instead of shouting.... Go for the delicious food, but wait til January!

GC
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Overall I had a good experience. Great for meeting a friend for brunch. I didn’t give full stars as the portion sizes were extremely small given the price. I ordered a large eggs royale and it was half a muffin, 1 egg and around 30g of smoked salmon - it was very nice but I have no idea what a small portion would be. The staff were lovely and it was a cool space. I’d go back.

p
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was amazing, service was good. Really enjoyable evening with friends

JA
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

This is a great restaurant, the service is often a little slow.
The rest rooms also a little smelly and might need to be checked more often.
Food great! although generally one would expect the drinks to arrive before the food.

SE
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great buzzy atmosphere, attentive service and the food is amazing.

JB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great experience, nice place, quiet and good food

Easy to find

A
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great service and lovely food, thanks for a great lunch!

N
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

Very expensive for very average food. Small portions. Service was slow and not very friendly.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Food came out cold

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Excellent food, good service. Restaurant area was cold

LO
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice ambiance and cosy vibe. Food was all delicious although I ordered a large salad and it was pretty small.

PH
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Lovely venue - good service, standard of food below average.

j
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We went for the thanksgiving meal

Food: Quality of the whole meal was okay (nothing spectacular, but well executed), I was disappointed with the pumpkin pie... was there any egg in it because it didn't taste like a custard. Proper pumpkin pie is actually a large custard, not a pie... Also the pie crust was not very crumbly. The Whole Foods pumpkin pies are much better.... But for £40? Also they gave us 3 slices of turkey.... for 3 people.... seriously?

Ambience: too loud for conversation.... you have to yell at each other

Service: It was a busy night, so we were given 1.5 hours. That's pretty damn short esp for a celebratory meal like Thanksgiving... Should really give at least 2 hours. The waiter rushed us several times, yet would get to give us cultery to each dessert with... and then they slapped a mandatory 20% service charge for us (we were a table of 3... so not even a large party). That was really too much.

All in all, the meal was mediocre for the price paid (ended up paying £61 per person for the thanksgiving meal + 1 bottle of wine shared between 3). If they lowered their prices, then it would be ok, but for the price, the quality of food and service was not worth it. Wouldn't recommend to others and I won't be coming back.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Rushing people out, particularly when a customer isn’t brought to their table until 15 minutes after they arrived for their reservation, provides a very poor customer experience.

AT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We went for Thanksgiving. The meal was nice, but they seemed more concerned with turning the tables over than with us. They mentioned three time during the meal that we only have the table for 1.5 hours and asked us to leave at 7pm on the dot, which put a damper on it. They forgot our cranberry sauce and gravy. But otherwise a good experience.

AP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Great menu and stylish interior where you want to stay! Delicious cocktails and friendly but professional staff. Great vibe all round.

B
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Lovely little spot, but the service could do with a bit of additional training, also, a couple of items were left off of my Breakfast which was a little annoying.

TJ
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

The food was great, but the service was pretty poor. We had no drinks with our meal, our plates weren’t cleared for 20 minutes after we had finished eating, and we had to ask for a dessert menu after another 20 minutes had passed. A shame, because the food was delicious.

FC
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great evening and great vegan option for me. Nice atmosphere also

JB
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service and delicious food. No real downsides but a bit quiet when we went at 18:00 (good for hearing each other, but not much buzz).
We had a lovely table though so still nice. Easy 4/5.

JC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience2

Good food and service. Bit loud in restaurant but only a little niggle. Would recommend for brunch

K
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service, delicious food, great atmosphere. Service was a little slow because they were busy but we were never rushed in finishing our meal despite there technically being a time slot for the booking

MT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always love the food and the decor. I do think the toilets need sprucing up a little

V
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Don’t bother going if you have not booked. Place is extremely busy for brunch. Even with booking there will be a bit of a wait. That said, staff is very helpful, friendly. Food is absolutely excellent. Definitely recommend... if you’re not in a hurry!

OM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Fantastic menu, which made it hard to choose.

We went for the pancakes, which were amazing.

My only issue was that I'd ordered a side order of poached eggs, which were cold. Nothing too major as they were they were nice and runny.

Service was quick and relatively friendly.

Would definitely go again.

OT
London
17 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yum! Great place as always

MD
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great but noisy. Food is good and there are good veggie/vegan options.

AC
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

Coffee machine not working at breakfast..... only reason a three and not a four

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

It’s very loud and hectic, service is touch and go but the food is excellent

LE
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great place but book in advance and don’t be late, then you will enjoy to the max. They do have a time constraints.

SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Whilst service was fast, there was a lack of care and food was plonked on the table without much thought. Pancakes were burnt which isn’t really good enough.
Added a donation to the bill without telling us what it was for. Relies on the bill payer asking what it is, then feeling too guilty to remove it so just have to pay it.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Really great brunch! Service could have been better as had to wait for a table even though we booked and the place was not full.

F
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Great place for brunch. Come here for the atmosphere rather than the food in particular (although the food was good)

TB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great venue for a leisurely get together with friends. Fab service, friendly maitre de - all great.

AV
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wondeful experience. Great food, excellent service and beautiful venue

NB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food amazing and service amazing! Third visit on the back of a recommendation by a professional property agent dealing in the restaurant industry. Never fails to disappoint!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Staff were very nice and helpful. Food came out cold for 2 out of 4 people. The restaurant was super cold and never really warmed up. Food was pretty good but nothing extraordinary.

EK
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Booked a table for myself and a friend for breakfast after having had a very good experience here a couple of years ago. However the food was absolutely appalling, looked and tasted like something from a cheap roadside cafe. It was as if the chef couldn’t be bothered to cook what was probably the last breakfast of the day before moving on to lunch menu. It was embarrassingly bad. Service was incredibly slow. Will not be returning and will not be recommending.

JT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Cheeseburger patty and its fiddly presentation on a small plate - too small once the chips arrive - leave room for improvement.

S
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely food and good atmosphere. Really enjoyed the coconut chicken bowl