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The Riding House Cafe

4.3
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3345 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

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 3345 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.2
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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anon
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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CCab
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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.

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MHCW
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Haven’t been in years but good and coffee still remain high standard. Great service by all staff.
Only down side was how busy and noisy it was inside - it was hard to hear, so we chose to sit outside. Still found the staff attentive especially to dietary requirements.
Would visit again sooner.

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TomE
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great food. Good lighting and ambiance. Great for brunch/lunch.

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Pegah
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The meals were wonderful, however, a main dish would not be enough without a side. The total cost was a bit expensive.

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London4Food
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall1Food3Service2Ambience1

Really poor prices displayed on the menu- we were charged incorrectly which was really disappointing. £20 set menu is for 2 people (you pay £40 not £20!
so the portions came and were larger than usual- its because they are for 2 people!- The menu doesn't state this.

Service is pretty slow as well- I think maybe they were short staffed.
Food was tasty and to a decent standard.
They didn't end up charging us for food for the extra food, BUT they didn't apply they discount that they have on at the moment for September- bit poor in my eyes!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

Hi London4Food, We're really sorry to hear about your experience, these certainly aren't the standards that we strive for. We've passed on your feedback that the menu pricing lacks clarity and have re-trained the front of house team working that evening, as yes, they do need to take more care to ensure that relevant discounts are applied. Please drop me an email at fiona@ridinghouse.cafe so that I can send you a voucher to compensate you for not receiving the discount on the night. Fiona

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my friend for a brunch and we really enjoyed the food and service:)
I saw table next to us receiving their order and looked so delicious that we topped our order with additional pancakes to share! Absolutely fabulous! Not mentioning lovely staff who was very attentive! Definitely will be back for more:)

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KehO
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Fantastic breakfast choices, portion size generous.

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FrancescaA
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A lovely meal out, a nice range of drinks and food for a reasonable price. The service was brilliant and couldn't have asked for it to be better!

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NeilB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly service, lovely food and great value even without the Eat Out to Help Out discount that they were offering.

Last of the sunshine meant that we were able to sit outside, the Covid measures both inside and out were clear with none of the tables laid up and single use menus destroyed once we had ordered. We felt very safe without losing all of the good experiences when eating out.

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Kyle
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Very nice setting on a sunny Sunday morning, pedestrianised roads created seating outside. Unfortunately the poached eggs were cold, clearly pre cooked and then refrigerated. Annoying as the restaurant is in a nice spot...

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Emily
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff & really tasty food. The growlers are great value

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LaraY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Although menu is more limited there is still a good choice. Service is excellent and it’s a great location for brunch/lunch or dinner.

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BeaB
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service and the food YUM. Always a great night

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Alichay
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great burger. Excellent value as part of deal. Thoroughly recommend.

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janeh
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely ambient gorgeous evening. Food delicious and can recommend it

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DaisyC
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely day to sit outside. Food was quick and reasonable

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DavidR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great brunch - super tasty pancakes and fun atmosphere

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SineadM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food and great staff. I would recommend.

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AimeeC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants I’ve been to. Everything from the food to the service to the ambience is excellent

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RebeccaB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

had a great dinner on Tues evening. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really lovely and attentive staff. Food was good and came really
Quickly. Have been here a few times and it’s always good. Breakfasts here are always good.

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Natacha
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

I enjoyed the food but I was expecting to be blown away, and it was just decent. My friend ordered the burger it was just average. Nice restaurant, big table with booth seating, good service. The hygiene can be improved. I noticed there was a bit of old tea stuck to my tea filter and the female toilets were rather dirty.

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ilianaG
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was a nice place to catching up with friends. The food was very nice and good prices, not expensive at all. I’ll go back for sure.

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ChrisK
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

Unfortunately the food was expensive and not worth it.
Small portion -I had a fry up and it was small compared to other restaurants
They also did not take my mushrooms off when I asked .
They also forgot to bring my friends chips.
Overall disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Booked for 6 of us for brunch after a night out and stay over in London.... warm welcome, lovely friendly service. We had mixture of dishes and all were lovely. One wasn’t very hot so whisked off and new dish provided with big apols and fresh pot of hot crispy bacon. No one minds things not being perfect when they are sorted so graciously and efficiently. All round great experience for the morning after the night before!

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sarai
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great service, huge portion sizes so you might want to share!

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Nidal
London
8 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I've always loved the Riding House Cafe and now more than ever our favourite places need our support. Excellent food (coconut chicken, sourdough and black tahini butter were both huge wins) and friendly service. Would 100% recommend and i'm going back next week,

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taniyaj
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

A very pleasant experience overall . The children enjoyed and our server was beyond friendly

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KatieH
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Serves good food in a nice atmosphere with friendly staf

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PatrickS
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

The bartender was extremely rude and did not wear an adequate face mask. They sat us at the counter even though there were plenty of tables available.

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Vinaylondon
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service2Ambience4

Great tasting menu with exceptional value for money. Had to wait extra 15mins for table and had to ask several times for water for the table. Despite this the ambiance and and food made up for this and given the current climate and given the offer period.

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JessicaW
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

We went for the set lunch menu during Eat Out to Help Out. It was clear they didn't want to offer it when we got there - we had to ask to see the menus for it ourselves and it wasn't mentioned by the waiters. Although the food was delicious, it was slightly let down by the service - all of the food came out at once so our table was completely crammed. We also paid £15 extra for wine pairings, but the glasses came out two at a time with absolutely no accompanying description of why that wine had been chosen to go with the food (one of the waitresses had actually forgotten the name of the wine) so that felt like slightly wasted money. If it weren't for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, I would have been disappointed with the lunch overall despite the quality of the food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience1

The food was very average and poorly presented. Service was average - only one waiter was polite. Ambience was non existent - they need to revamp their outdoor area

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Anna
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

Service from the staff in the bar was great. Service from their colleagues managing reservations and allocation people to tables was poor.

Despite several free seats around me (for the 1.5 hours I was sat there), my friend could not join me in the bar for breakfast when she arrived without a reservation. At the same time (and maybe due to our dissatisfaction), I was asked to leave my seat; it had in fairness been 1.5 hours so my time had "run out" - but no one was waiting for my seat and several seats around me were still free.

I experienced a low level of service-mindedness and "can do" attitude - and even a slightly hostile tone when being "thrown out".

The food and the atmosphere are great, but do not off-set the poor service.

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RichardP
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Relaxed atmosphere and serious about the food and the service. Excellent place

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Victoria
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Absolutely lovely restaurant in a great location. Quiet when we went and not at full capacity but totally understandable under the current global circumstances. One of my favourite places to eat in London.

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Zapper01001
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Good food, nice portions, very quick service, very attentive staff, cocktails could have been better for the price.

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JennT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I had Shakshuka for brunch and it was delicious.

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 4.3 stars by 3345 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.