The Riding House Cafe

4.5
3480 Reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European
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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 3480 people are saying
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EmilyR
London
2 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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.

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WendyM
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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.

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MeghnaS
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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EAJA
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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).

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NCH8
Dorset
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and attentive service and cute set up outside - not to mention the food was so yummy!

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AlexC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

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.

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priyankaa
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good and service was good! Would defintely go back

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for your lovely review and 5 star rating Priyankaa, we look forward to welcoming you back! Fiona

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was good. Food was cold. No time to send back as table on limited time.

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Justin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good heaters, good selection of wine

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

Cheers Justin!!! Hopefully see you agaion soon

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good despite the fact that we were compelled to be outside. Good value

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review and a great rating, we hope to see you again soon! Fiona

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PShah25
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Raspberry Soda was delicious. The food was tasty and good portions.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the great review PShah25. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again! Fiona

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RosieC
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the great review Rosie, we hope to see you again soon! Fiona

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing and the service was perfect!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

We're glad you enjoyed both the food and service on your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back!# Fiona

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good and the service great. Would definitely recommend.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

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

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vipParky
London
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

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viplulu
London
12 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely spot, always a pleasure! will be back soon.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Great to hear you enjoyed your visit Lulu, we can't wait to see you again! Fiona

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor area, attentive staff, delicious food

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on April 30, 2021

Thanks for the comments!!!!! Hopefully see you soon

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

egg benedict is only breakfast.
alternatively I ordered the salad with skewers. It was also good.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelieveable food and fantastic waiting staff! One of my favourite spots in London!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on April 30, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful comments!!! See you on your next visit!

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LeoH
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the great rating and lovely review Leonora, we look forward to seeing you again soon! Fiona

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HuwR
London
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of the better places to eat with some atmosphere on these days when it is eating outside only.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on April 30, 2021

Thanks HuwR! Thanks for the positive feedback! We have tried our best given the circumstances!

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CatherineS
London
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on April 28, 2021

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

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ng21
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and cosy outside tables with heaters even in the morning when it’s sunny

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on April 28, 2021

Thank you for the kind words! Hopefully we will see you again soon! Nick

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Lauren
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious breakfast in the sunshine - covers and heaters for when weather less good. Great service and so nice to be out at restaurants again.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on April 28, 2021

Hi Lauren! Thanks for the lovely feedback! We are glad to have you all back as well! Nick

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Natalie
London
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WONDERFUL service, consistently. Delicious food, lovely staff, nice drinks, great menu, good atmosphere. I would definitely recommend!!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on April 28, 2021

Thanks Natalie!!!!!! Appreciate the love! Nick

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Laura
London
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on April 28, 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice ambiance and nice service. Felt good could have been better; all dishes missing a little kick of flavour.

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SusanneM
London
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant had a table in the sun. Food was good but pasta a little boring, perhaps the wrong choice.
Service spot on!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on April 30, 2021

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

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KarenG
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on April 30, 2021

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

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Mark
London
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on April 30, 2021

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 nick@ridinghouse.cafe, and i will make notes on your reservation. Thanks nick

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KatherineK
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

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.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on April 30, 2021

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 nick@ridinghouse.cafe when you would like to come back and I will make sure you have a fantastic time! Nick

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KristinaE
London
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on April 30, 2021

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

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CandiceB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on April 30, 2021

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

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KarenC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

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SophieC
London
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you would highly recommend! Great service and tasty food - outdoor space was lovely.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

This is normally great. But the service today was appalling! I hope it was a one off...

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on April 22, 2021

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 fiona@ridinghouse.cafe Looking forward to hearing from you. Fiona

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LesaS
London
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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FionaA
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely outdoor meal with great food and heaters above! Very well organised and a good menu, the Dahl was amazing!

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SamanthaP
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice venue for breakfast meeting outside. Would recommend

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on April 22, 2021

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

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FAQs

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.