The Riding House Cafe

4.5
3573 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 3573 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Hannah
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Extremely rude service. We were advised breakfast orders must be taken before 11:45 upon our arrival at 11:35. However they then didn't come to take our order. We were flagging them down for about 5 minutes before they eventually came over. They then got our order wrong, yet insisted that it was right upon arrival. Just really rude and poor service overall. Food wasn't bad, but not great either.

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KarlB
Bedfordshire
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ideal location away from the hustle and bustle, great breakfast.

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LisaN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Couldn't choose what to get so will be back to try more options! Lovely, friendly staff.

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AlexandraT
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

So we arrived there and they brought water for our dog which was nice. The waitress was really helpful with the menu and everything was fine. We got the veggie breakfast which was tasty and the marshmallow pancakes,which were more like biscuit and not so well fried. So inside of the pancakes you could see that they were not really well done.
One of our friends got the normal English breakfast which was £14 and it was honestly 1 bacon, 1 sausage couple cherry tomatoes, beans and some bread. So that was really disappointing.
One more thing to improve it would be the drinks. They didn’t have any fresh juice, smoothies, the only had iced white or black coffee. My partner got a Bellini mocktail which was discussing. For 4 people we paid £80 which for breakfast is quite a lot I think.
Overall it was an okayish experience the restaurant was nice but does not worth the hype and probably not going back.

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MArtynR
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Slow service. Drinks forgotten. Asked to food to all come out at once. It didn't. Not impressed and won't be coming back

Also the manager had a go at one of her staff in front of so many customers. Really bad form

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SadieH
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite spots for brunch and was so good to come back. As wonderful as ever, loved it.

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LauraN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little brunch place! Staff are lovely and food is delish! They were also very accommodating as we were 4 mums with 4 prams

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Jenny
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and lovely location. Very comfortable & somehow manages to combine a homely feel with a luxury feel!

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DHTT
London
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good lunchtime vibe, great place to share plates. Quality of food bus very good, plus good vservice.The wines , a tad expensive but great quality. Happy to return

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KatB
Oxford
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely place to meet friends after work. Helpful staff and a delicious menu.

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RobH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good Food and friendly service. I will definitely be back in the near future.

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PhilippaL
London
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best roast dinner I have ever had in London. And I have lived here for 12 years and often eat roast dinners :)

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks so much for the glowing feedback Philippa! I will pass this on to the team!!! Nick

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Katie
London
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Lots of choice on menu and good options for veggies. Place was full and had good atmosphere.
The food was good, it could have been better. I got a full cooked veggie breakfast and it was cold when it arrived.
The prices are not worth it - I paid £4.60 for a sparkling water!
Wait staff were very nice and friendly

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Reflusz
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend this place - food and the service were great!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks for the love Reflusz!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I don’t know what’s happened to this place, I have dined here on several occasions previously and always found it buzzy with great food and service. But this time we were seriously let down by very slow and in-attentive staff, plus a dismal children’s meal and a very patchy main meal. Maybe they’re simply resting on their laurels, or perhaps they were just having an off day…

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 7 days ago

Good morning, I'm sorry to hear we let you down on your visit with us on Saturday. Saturdays can be pretty punchy at times, so i'm sorry this may have affeted your visit. I can assure you this isnt a regular occurance, and we just slipped upon this occasion. If you could, please email me on nick@ridinghouse.cafe with details of your reservation, so I can look into this further, but also let m eknow when you would like tyo come back and i will make sure we redeem ourselves Nick

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Spurdy
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great evening catching up with friends over good food and drinks! Next time will book a table near the bar area for a bit more buzz.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! Especially for the price in central London, you get very good portions. Everyone who served us was very welcoming, patient & lovely. This is my new go to brunch restaurant now!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind words! Hopefully, we see more of you in the near future! Nick

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MArtynR
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I've had better food here. Brunch is a busy time indeed. But things were warm going to cold. My English muffins were barely toasted

Service was slow to start with then they really stepped up. Very friendly staff.

Great wine choices. But a confusing menu to choose from. Too many lines

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 7 days ago

Hi Martyn, Sorry hear the food wasn't up to our usual standard on your last visit. I will review this with the chef and make sure we are on top of this. Please let us know when youre next here so we can touch base Nick

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Amerie
London
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere at the Riding house Cafe.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks Amerie! Apreciate the good review! Nick

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AlexandraG
London
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food never disappoints 😋.
Nice atmosphere inside and outside, helpful staff

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DanS
London
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really looked after us and made our daughter’s 6th Birthday meal a pleasure. Staff are friendly and attentive, atmosphere is buzzy and the food and drinks are delicious. We had a really great time - thank you.

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NatalieD
London
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely surroundings, great service and good food that was well priced in a great location - not much more to say and I will definitely come back and recommend to others.

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HeatherB
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go-to London restaurant. took 2 friends last night - they are both foodies and they were both impressed. The service is always good. the atmosphere is amazing. So great that they have dietary info on the menu (makes it so much less awkward to be allergic to something). And we sat outside which was lovely.

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AlanM
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place and have been a regular for almost 10 years. Relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious food. Highly recommend.

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TracyW
London
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant place, food and service, decor inside and out very good.

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MelissaTherms
London
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service as usual. Amazing food and kid friendly.

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SarahC
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and a lovely spot to enjoy a sunny afternoon!

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vipGimbo
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Only allowed the table for 1 hour and 15 mins but the service was slow as the team looked understaffed. The service we received was good but we had to grab waiters as they sped passed. Food was good.

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AbiS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The food wasn’t worth the price, and was a bit cold! Was expecting a lot more from the Riding House Cafe.

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Angeliki
London
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The food was pretty good but the service was not at all good. The waitors were lost, giving the orders in wrong tables as it happened to us as well. Not good service at all.

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alex
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, excellent service by anna z. would defo comeback.

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ZayaH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Chill and affordable place to brunch! Definitely try the pancakes.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thanks Zaya!

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Letty
London
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Table ready & waiting for us . Great to share roast chicken with so many sides all included. Only complaint far to much garlic on the Kale !
Great cocktail and very friendly staff . We really enjoyed it .

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thanks for the lovely feedback Letty! We appreciate it! I will pass on the message to chef to make sure the side dish is better balanced! See you next time Nick

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MichelleT
London
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and location. Can't fault the experience, I will be returning soon

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SamiM
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There celebrating a girlfriends birthday just the 2 of us and to help us celebrate they took our tea/coffees off our final bill. Service was impeccable, they even offered and took some photos for us. Will continue to visit x

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thanks Sami for the good feedback and we look forward to seeing you again soon

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JoeW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Staff weren’t very attentive and quite miserable!

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on June 1, 2021

Hi Joe, Apologies we let you down on the service. This normally isn't the case with our team! Please let me know if and when you would like to visit again and we can make it up to you. Best Nick

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CandyC
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked two tables of four for my family and everyone loved it. Great food, even better service.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thanks for the great feedback Candy!!! Glad you enjoyed your Visit!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you . Delicious as ever !

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MarunaD
London
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Good service but food not great!

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always fantastic service, friendly staff, great food - The Soul Burger! Plus the tuna tartare and the donuts are back in the menu! A M A Z I N G and still my go to spot for dinner in London.

The Riding House Cafe
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful feedback! See you soon!!

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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 3573 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.