The Riding House Cafe
***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.***
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
berries, vanilla clotted cream, maple syrup
Truffled Mac & Cheese, Shallot Rings, Capers
Lovely food, brilliant heaters and strong menu (definitely get the donuts for desert!) we were sat at a table round the corner and a little out of sight, so service was a little bit slower, but lovely team, so can't fault the service itself.
It was so cold as we were outside due to social distancing, no fault of the restaurant of course but perhaps if they had blankets to hand out that would have really helped.
But our waiter was lovely and seated us under a warmer heater after she saw that we were freezing.
The food was delicious and the service was really nice. They even made me a hot toddy because I was freezing! Was a lovely experience.
Service was great. We had a very powerful heater next to our table so even though it was about 5 degrees outside at least the top half of us wasn't totally baltic! Starters were great, but the mains were pretty average and quite expensive. We were surprised to be charged £15 for a martini (given all the cocktails on there were around £10).
Lovely and attentive service and cute set up outside - not to mention the food was so yummy!
Food was poor and very overpriced for the quality. Had the full English - sausages and black pudding felt like they had been cooked the day before and reheated, unbelievably dry. Not sure Lincolnshire will be happy with you claiming those are Lincolnshire sausages! Toast was what looked to be a thin slice of the cheapest white bread available. Really quite poor, especially for the price (c.£14).
Service was quite good in the main when serving drinks/food, but had staff members circling the table far too quickly. Cleared plates while one diner was still eating (unacceptable in my opinion), and clearly in a rush to get us out. I understand restaurants need a lot of covers having been closed for months, but service like this is a way to lose business.
Food was really good and service was good! Would defintely go back
Thanks for your lovely review and 5 star rating Priyankaa, we look forward to welcoming you back! Fiona
Service was good. Food was cold. No time to send back as table on limited time.
Great food, good heaters, good selection of wine
Cheers Justin!!! Hopefully see you agaion soon
Very good despite the fact that we were compelled to be outside. Good value
Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review and a great rating, we hope to see you again soon! Fiona
The Raspberry Soda was delicious. The food was tasty and good portions.
Thanks for the great review PShah25. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again! Fiona
Great set up with an overhead heater to keep us warm. Delicious food as usual and quick service which was great given the current timing restrictions. Definitely recommend!
Thanks for the great review Rosie, we hope to see you again soon! Fiona
The food was absolutely amazing and the service was perfect!
We're glad you enjoyed both the food and service on your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back!# Fiona
Food was very good and the service great. Would definitely recommend.
Thanks for the great rating and review. It's always great to hear when our guests have enjoyed the food and service! We look forward to welcoming you back! Fiona
Lovely meal and attentive service in the outside gazebo. Excellent service and the food was really tasty - I had the vegan truffled portobello & sweet potato wellington with porcini cream with crispy new potatoes and it was seriously delicious. Grateful to be eating out again!
Really lovely spot, always a pleasure! will be back soon.
Great to hear you enjoyed your visit Lulu, we can't wait to see you again! Fiona
Lovely outdoor area, attentive staff, delicious food
Thanks for the comments!!!!! Hopefully see you soon
egg benedict is only breakfast.
alternatively I ordered the salad with skewers. It was also good.
Unbelieveable food and fantastic waiting staff! One of my favourite spots in London!
Thanks for the wonderful comments!!! See you on your next visit!
Lovely food, staff were great - did have to rush a little to keep to the 2h slot but totally understand this is due to COVID and trying to fit people in! The canopies outside were great and heater MUCH appreciated.
Thanks for the great rating and lovely review Leonora, we look forward to seeing you again soon! Fiona
One of the better places to eat with some atmosphere on these days when it is eating outside only.
Thanks HuwR! Thanks for the positive feedback! We have tried our best given the circumstances!
Servers attentive, seated quickly. A bit rushed due to hour and half time slots - would recommend restaurant creates 2 hour time slots as a minimum for eating. Food generally good, mac & cheese a little watery. Heaters in terrace a nice feature. Would come back.
Hi Catherine, Thanks for the feedback. Sorry you felt a little rushed. The demand recently had been huge. We do offer the 2 hours on the evening bookings, but will take into mind going forward. Next time we will make sure you have plenty of time on your visit Nick
Great food and cosy outside tables with heaters even in the morning when it’s sunny
Thank you for the kind words! Hopefully we will see you again soon! Nick
Delicious breakfast in the sunshine - covers and heaters for when weather less good. Great service and so nice to be out at restaurants again.
Hi Lauren! Thanks for the lovely feedback! We are glad to have you all back as well! Nick
WONDERFUL service, consistently. Delicious food, lovely staff, nice drinks, great menu, good atmosphere. I would definitely recommend!!
Thanks Natalie!!!!!! Appreciate the love! Nick
I booked Riding House after a great visit a good while ago, and the food and drink did not disappoint. The Service was also great, and both servers were attentive. Myself and my friend recommend the bowls and skewers (we had didn't dishes, but were both great).
The only small complaint was, although there were heaters, my friend being sat on the end of the row was quite cold, and a bit uncomfortable due to this. We understand with current restrictions that everyone is doing their best, and that seating isn't always perfect, but maybe some blankets would be super beneficial.
But, will definitely be back again!
Hi Laura, Thank you for taking the time to leave some positive comments after your visit! we are glad you enjoyed the food and service! Sorry you were a little chilly, it was a cold one today compared to recent days. As you said, we are trying our best with the heaters! But so glad you will be back, and we look forward to it Nick
Had a wonderful time , the outside area was lovely with a heater to keep us warm , the Mac and cheese is the best ! And cocktails were sooo tasty . Would definitely visit again ! X
Nice ambiance and nice service. Felt good could have been better; all dishes missing a little kick of flavour.
Lovely restaurant had a table in the sun. Food was good but pasta a little boring, perhaps the wrong choice.
Service spot on!
Thanks Susanne for the feedback. Sorry the pasta wasn't to your taste. We will keep checking on the dishes to make sure they are to spec and bursting with flavour. nick
Delicious food. Great service & ambiance. Would have liked to have lingered longer over lunch but as with most restaurants at the moment we only had an hour & half time limit. Understandable with outer eating only.
Thanks for the good comments! Yes, (un)fortunately the demand has been huge so we have to try and fit everyone in. But next time let us know and we can try to extend your time with us. But we appreciate you understanding. Thanks Nick
We understand that turning tables as we recover from the pandemic is important but we felt under pressure from the minute we sat down to the point that we didn’t really enjoy it at all. 1.5 hours on a Friday for a client lunch (when you’re willing to stay and continue to spend) just isn’t enough. We didn’t even get a chance to look at the desert menu or have a coffee. I’ve enjoyed the Riding House Cafe for years in media but will now think twice about coming back.
Hi Mark. Please let me apologise that you didn't get to finish your lunch in time on your visit. With such high demand at the moment, we allocate 1.5hrs to each booking, so that we can accommodate everyone fairly. However I understand that client lunches generally need more time. Obviously we would love to have you back and next time make sure you have plenty of time on the table. When you do, please email me at email@example.com, and i will make notes on your reservation. Thanks nick
I’ve been here before and really enjoyed it so perhaps we were just unlucky this time. Our food was cold and there were really noises building works by our table - appreciate there isn’t much the restaurant can do about that but it was a shame. Will return I’m sure but will wait till we can dine indoors again.
Hi Katherine, I'm sorry we let you down on this occasion! The building work is certainly a bit of a pain at the moment, but there isn't an excuse for the cold food. For this I can only apologise! Please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org when you would like to come back and I will make sure you have a fantastic time! Nick
We were so well looked after despite the place being very busy. The food was gorgeous, plenty and well prices. Great choice of wine. Thank you so much!
Hi Kristina, Thank you for the lovely review and i'm glad we managed to make your first trip out special. It's what we aim to do! Hopefully see you back soon! Nick
It’s a limited menu which I get but it’s nothing like the normal menu. It’s freezing outside even with the heaters and the tables are too close together. Also, because it’s outdoor seating, smokers smoke all over your meal. I complained but they said they can’t do anything. I won’t be going back till the inside is open.
Hi Candice, Yes we have reduced the menu a little whilst we have limited seating, but we will back with the full menu soon! We have tried our best given the circumstances to produce a comfortable and warm restaurant on the pavement, but there isn't much more we can do with how cold it is at times. We have actually been very lucky with the weather the past couple of weeks, but we all have been dealt the cards that we have to serve food and drink outside only. Unfortunately it is only April
I have been here twice in the past fortnight. Delicious food. Some noisy guests at the next table detracted from ambience 2nd time - but they were just having fun! Will be back very soon!
Thank you would highly recommend! Great service and tasty food - outdoor space was lovely.
This is normally great. But the service today was appalling! I hope it was a one off...
Hi there, We're really sorry to hear that your experience wasn't up to our usual standard. We'd love to hear more about it to enable us to improve. If you're happy to chat and give us a few more details, please drop me an email at email@example.com Looking forward to hearing from you. Fiona
Enjoyed mt first meal at Riding House and my first venture out in 2021!
It wasn't too busy and the staff did not rush us to finish our meal which is always a good thing.
The food was great, a really ecletic mix of tasts but definitely worked.
The outdoor space was great as well, even though it was a bit chilly the outdoor lamps were very warm and adjustable to suit your table.
Tables were distanced well so no worries about the people on the table next to you. Definitely one to add to my favourite's list.
A lovely outdoor meal with great food and heaters above! Very well organised and a good menu, the Dahl was amazing!
Nice venue for breakfast meeting outside. Would recommend
Hi Samantha, thank you for lovely review and great rating! We're glad you had a good breakfast meeting with us and look forward to seeing you again. Fiona
The Riding House Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. The Riding House Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7927 0840.
The Riding House Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 3480 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.