Riding House Café

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Richard Lewison

Riding House Café really does have a bit of everything. You can sit at individual settings, or on the grand candelabra-lit communal dining table; in the more secluded dining room, or on low chairs in the lounge – or soak up the action at the buzzing bar. There are antiques, curios (wall lamps made from stuffed squirrels, for instance) and architectural salvage from around the globe. You can roll up in a work suit, or shorts and flip flops. Bring your agent or your kids. You could drink a coffee, a pre-dinner cocktail, a Riding House mocktail, something from the wide-ranging wine list, or a beer. You might eat full-sized brasserie dinners, tapas-like sharing plates, or bar snacks. Come for breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, Sunday roast, or anything in between. It’s whatever eating experience you want it to be, though there’s little choice in your co-diners – an almost uniformly media crowd. The food, though nice enough, didn’t blow our minds. The Moorish lamb was succulent and tender, the soft-shell crabs crunchy, the cheeseburger juicy and the chips tasty, yet there was nothing we’ll remember in three days’ time. The cocktails, on the other hand, are creative concoctions topped with mini salad sculptures. With attentive service and a lively atmosphere, this is a great place to watch Fitzrovia go by.

 

Venue name: Riding House Café
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Address: 43-51 Great Titchfield Street
London
W1W 7PQ
Opening hours: Breakfast served 7.30am-noon Mon-Fri; 9-11.30am Sat, Sun. Lunch served noon-3.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Sat; 6-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus tube
Price: Main courses £11-£25. Meal for two with wine and service: around £60
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Average User Rating

3.4 / 5

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  • 3 star:6
  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:8
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Carly-Ann Clements
Staff Writer

There wasn't anything alarming wrong, there wasn't anything great about my visit. It was just okay. The salad was tasty but it was 95% rocket leaves which overwhelmed the rest of the ingredients. The staff was apathetic and it took over an hour to receive our food. If it's a Sunday and you have time to spare, I'm sure you'll enjoy it here. If you're trying to squeeze a lunch in on a working day, avoid.

Nicky G
Tastemaker

I'm a sucker for booths and themed decor so Riding House was already winning on two counts for me before I even got there. Good for a group, especially if you're trying to impress people in the group and they like sharing platters. The pork belly was particularly strong for sharing (and by strong I mean crispy and succulent), along with the aubergine parmagiana and chorizo hash brown. It's also very efficient if you're looking for one place where you can transition from pre-dinner drinks to dinner to post-dinner drinks - you can start in the bar on one side, then move through the curtain to the tables for dinner. It won't be a cheap night if that's your plan (our bill was over £250 for 3 people - an aperitif, shared plates, a glass of wine & two digestifs each). You also might not want to stay too long for post-dinner drinks, or have a good time too loudly - the staff got a bit disgruntled about our second order of espresso martinis quite close to closing time. But you can probably avoid this if you go there for breakfast.

Jo Gowans
Tastemaker

I prefer Riding House for breakfast rather than dinner. The Eggs Hussard was superb, and the milk bottle smoothies a rather delightful accompaniment. I'm looking forward to a repeat visit. 

k-chis

This restaurant is in a great location and is nice inside but I wasn't blown away by the food. I had heard a lot about it before I went and it just didn't live up to expectation. I went here for breakfast and thought the food was a bit bland. With so many places absolutely nailing it on the breakfast front, this just didn't do it for me.

Alizée
tastemaker

From the outside, you can't imagine that this restaurant is so nice. Inside the atmosphere is really cozy. I went there for breakfast. The porridge with red fruits and pancakes with blueberries & maple syrup are so good ! I also enjoy the smoothy served in a small bottle. The service is fast. It was the perfect breakfast before a morning shopping session in Oxford Street.

Ioanna La
Tastemaker

Riding House Cafe is really the place to be for brunch, an exiting break spot, moments away from busy Oxford Street. Having tried plenty of brunches around London, it clearly meets the high standards other restaurants have set, and goes even higher with the eggs hussard, which is something similar and even better from eggs florentine, and a great selection of juices and smoothies (smoothie "racer" is a must!!). Pleasant and amazing atmosphere, great service, beautiful and elegant interior, delicious food. I'll be back for more.

Ben R

I have been here for brunch a couple of times and it has always been very good. However it was going here for dinner that really won me over. My party shared a selection of fab starters, then I gorged on beef wellington with a side of poutine followed by a hunk of sweet potato pie with ice cream and maple syrup. Heaven on a plate. I'm dribbling thinking about it.

Ruth J
Tastemaker

Can not go wrong with brunch in The Riding house cafe. For breakfast lunch and dinner either for that matter. Beautiful interior with delicious food and extremely pleasant staff. Only a short stroll from bustling Oxford Street is a little hidden gem and is ideal to eat and relax after some hectic shopping!

Niomi Harris
Tastemaker

I've heard the name Riding House Cafe on the grapevine for a while now so I was rather excited to see what the hype was about. However, my conclusion is that it's just ok. Yes, it's in a nice location tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. Yes, the interior is pleasing to the eye with its dark mahogany woods, burnt orange upholstery, shimmering chandeliers and a whole host of unusual ornaments that adorn its walls. And yes, there's lots of places to mingle at either the bar, the communal dining table or the more secluded dining room. But that's as far as my excitement goes. The menu lets them down as there wasn't that much to tantalise the taste buds, although my companions pancakes did look rather delicious. I chose the crispy tofu with pineapple with a side dish of roast potatoes. However, when the tofu came I thought there'd been a mistake as I was presented with a saucer with a few minuscule pieces of tofu and a couple of warm pineapple chunks- what a joke! For what I was paying I expected a whole lot more. The redeeming factor was my 'racer' milkshake- a tasty blend of chocolate, banana and espresso. Overall RHC is a lovely way to while away a weekend afternoon over a drink or two. But if you're looking to fill your bellies, you might want to stop off at McDonald's!

Rellie Loves
Tastemaker

After much hearsay and anticipation to go to this popular brunch-come-dinner spot, I had mixed reviews. I wasn’t disappointed with the old English décor and spacious interior - it is split into different areas with bar stools, long tables and comfortable booth areas. Curious antiques, gorgeous shades of burnt orange and teal, dark wooden furniture and embellished lampshades make you feel as though you’ve stepped into an old library. What I was disappointed with however, was the food. It certainly didn’t blow my mind and for the prices it seems to fall short. We booked in advance and rightly so because it was busy. The Brunch menu had relatively good choice; I had the buttermilk pancakes, berry compote, vanilla cream and maple syrup along with a soya latte and freshly squeezed carrot and beet juice which was OK. I noticed other dishes seemed incredibly small in portion sizes which isn’t ideal considering what you pay and staff seemed hurried at times. On a Sunday, it’s a nice place to unwind for a couple hours and take in its charm, but I would advise you to just have a few high praised cocktails or a coffee and dessert rather than splash the cash on mediocre food.

CharlotteDalila

This place has a lot of hype - this normally only ever goes one of two ways. In this case, unfortunately I think that the hype has gotten a little large for THC - when you queue for an hour to pay a tenner for half a portion of eggs benedict you know it's getting silly. Then again, if you have cash to burn and time to kill, this is a lovely place to enjoy great food and pretend you're one of the suits that come here for lunch!

victoria s

This is my favourite place for a leisurely weekend brunch. There's loads of choice on the menu, delicious food and lots of reasonably healthy options (including divine smoothies) too. Essential to book at weekends as it gets really busy - slight shame they put a 1.5 hour limit on your sitting, but then I guess lots of places do that these days. It's a fairly chilled out atmosphere. I personally prefer the relaxed buzz that comes with sitting in the bar area, but the dining room / lounge area is also nice if you want somewhere slightly quieter to catch up with a friend. A trip to the toilet is well worth it for a peek in at the stables dining room downstairs (which you can hire)!

Ros A
Tastemaker

I've been loving the Riding House Cafe since I went for a birthday brunch there for a friend at the beginning of the year. It's always busy but you can book ahead. It's very busy on weekends, especially at brunch/lunch.  

I'd heard mixed reports about this place previously, but I really love it and it's a firm brunch favorite. Of particular note are the amazing milkshake concoctions, served in old school milk bottles. A great hangover cure. Food wise, the eggs benedict is a sure win, and I really love the chorizo hash brown.  Lunch wise, I've had the reuben sandwich and it was super duper.

In essence, every time I go here, I enjoy it. Don't be expecting fancy michelin star food, this food is just tasty, mainstream lunch and brunch, and it's bloody good.

They have a fantastic private room downstairs which seats around 10-15 people. It's really private and the decor is quirky, fun and comfortable. Very warm room (maybe next to the kitchen?) though, a better one for Winter over Summer. Call to reserve it.

Helen D

Do not eat here! This is the first negative review I have ever left for a meal out. I booked lunch here for a special occasion relatively far in advance. We arrived and once eventually greeted by one of the three hostesses (too busy chatting to each other right in front of us) we were seated at our table right next to the door. I considered asking for a different table but didn't want to cause any trouble.

Part way through our rushed meal, a 'homeless' man walked into the restaurant and stood at our table for several minutes asking for money. Despite the scene, not one member of staff noticed. The man stole one of our phones.

I am appalled that this could happen in such a restaurant and that he even managed to walk in. Although the manager was friendly and sympathetic, his view was that it was a public place in London so to be expected. It was not what I would expect from a nice restaurant in London where there is a hostess table to greet people when they come in. Appalling and hugely disappointing for what was supposed to be a special meal.

SJB
Staff WriterStaff Comp

The Riding House Cafe is ideal for a breakfast or lunch meeting.  It's got a great buzzy atmosphere with a contemporary yet comfortable decor with a good varied menu.  In the evenings it is the perfect place to meet friends with a range of healthy and hearty food options. 

Kim Fleming

Great atmosphere, they can be a bit snotty if you have not but overall a good place. Breakfasts which set you up for the day for sure. All in all a good place.

writtenbyfitton

The Riding House Cafe is great any time of day, from pre-work breakfasts to date night dinners.  Just make sure you order the beef short rib from the small plates menu - divine.  Or chorizo hash browns if dining at breakfast time.

My full review, with lots of photos of the food and gorgeous interior, can be found on my blog here: http://hyhoi.com/2014/08/the-riding-house-cafe-fitzrovia-all-day-dining/

- Nina
'Have You Heard Of It?' London bar & restaurant blogger | HYHOI.com

muz p

Poor food but good atmosphere, service, and drinks. Good date venue if you get sat at the bar.

phil dettman

Very disappointing food at dinner Sunday; more like function food and hard to reconcile the glowing reports on some blog sites. Service needs attention quickly; there's lots of better choices nearby. Clientele already looks like they located this restaurant through internet sites....those in the know have moved on ..and the music..were we listening to internet radio? James

Jane

Unbelievably POOR service. Was there for over three hours and only had a Main and a dessert. My main was barely a main, it was more like a small starter. Staff Ignore you. The food was not worth the money at all. Would have actually preferred a Mc Donald’s (and considering I never eat there, that’s saying something) Avoid this place.

Fran

What a shame, my fourth visit to the usually to-die-for Riding House cafe was a shambles. Five of our diners ordered the burger (three medium rare and two well done for pregnant ladies), five of our diners sent the rare burgers they recieved back. While the rest of the party finished their food, five hungry ladies waited 30 mins for the second round of burgers, only to receive them rare again. Cue some unhappy ladies. One burger went back a second time and still returned rare and the rest of the party gave up and left them. When we complained at the end of the meal the very rude manager refused to take them all off the bill, even though none of them were eaten. Apparently we should have sent them all back a second time and waited another 30 mins for them to come out again. Riding House cafe, where once I recommended you I must now tell everyone that your burgers and your customer service are shocking.

Harry

Terrible service - we booked for four but ended up as a party of five and front of house were very unwilling to accommodate us. Slow cocktail service. We overpaid the bill by accident +50 quid and no one pointed this out until we realised our mistake. Over all - unfriendly, moneygrabbing, snotty, unhelpful

Irene Beavis

The quality and presentation of this place was spectacular. The food was excellent and reasonably priced. I would say close to michelin territory. The Service was attentive, warm and friendly and the atmosphere created a trendy classy and buzzing ambience. This restaurant is highly recommended

R - London

I really liked this place. Im a big foodie and my bf took me here one Sunday night. I love the decor and atmosphere. Very cool, New York style place. Food was good. Try lots of the small plates. We did and we were not dissappointed. We then also had a main and a dessert. I think this would be a very good place for lunch.And the Bar is also very good! I had a honey cocktail concoction. Try it

Andy Budd

We were dissapointed to come all the way across London for Brunch on Jan 2nd to be told that they stopped serving brunch at 11:30 (despite the listing here saying 12pm) and that they wouldn't start serving lunch for another hour.

Nessa

The staff were initially attentive but as the night wore on they lost interest due to having obviously overbooked the restaurant. Our waiter was increasingly agitated by his own admittance, having worked since the breakfast shift. The mackerel pate was tasty, well balanced and not too creamy. The FIsh and Chips were disappointing. The fish was greasy and the chips cold and dry by the time they arrived. Friends enjoyed the food, though the pollock, which was enjoyable was a very small portion for a main dish especially considering the price.

Neil

Charming, patient, thoughtful service and really lovely food. The ceviche was a highlight but all the small plates were tasty and good looking.

Julius

Had an amazing anniversary dinner. Top value for money and the service was incredibly attentative but discreet at the right moment. Pork and duck were both very well prepared. Wine by the carafe is also a nice touch!

Local resident

I gave it two tries just in case, the second time with a friend. Occasional good touches like the beetroot small dish. However, jalapeno pepper with delicately smoked trout destroyed any flavour in the fish. Friend commented on the shortage of crab in crab salad advertised. Rasberry and goosberry dish just didn't taste very nice. Nor did the fish n' chips for which the Golden Hind is a far better bet. Asparagus and carrots had little or no flavour which in summer is a bit of a disgrace. Chocolate sundae tasted good but was too runny - ice-cream is supposed to be iced in some form. Service was very indifferent with a small over-charge after an order was missed. There is a real risk here of a good idea suffering from over-trading and consequent loss of quality.

never again

just about give it 1 star due to interesting interior - warm and cosy (well, apart from the worse seat by the door they gave us until we insisted on moving that is). Food overpriced - my main was a joke. size of a small starter. had to go home and cook dinner afterwards. pretentious and basically taking the p*ss with prices and food like that.

Orla

I LOVE this place - Its my weekend retreat - Recommend the chorizo hash browns, the seafood salad, the oysters, the mash.... oh all so delicious. And the staff are so nice. My facebook page is getting boring I've "checked in" there so much! And stunningly beautiful so great brunch-erie for entertaining. Very mayfair-esque.

Ed

We went for brunch on a saturday morning, getting there shortly after 10. Both "sides" were over half empty, but after a bit of persuasion we were offered a seat at the bar as long as we didn't mind waiting 15 minutes. Errr, no. Unfriendly and unhelpful - not the point really when you want a nice start to the weekend. We walked on to Lantana - much better, and lovely staff.

Mr Fitzrovia

A true gem in a cracking location. Fantastic cocktails, super wine list and first class chateaubriand (look out for the tomatoes with the chateaubriand, HEAVEN). The fitout was as expected... extremely creative. Service was very good, if not a little OTT! Probably one of the best restaurant in Fitzrovia, might even be up there with The Four Lanterns.

Sean H

Having visited Village East the 'sister' restaurant we had high expectations of the Riding House on Satuday for a birthday meal, but i can say that 8 people left there VERY satisfied by some great food, service and drink - Seabass Ceviche & Chateaubriand, Seabass main all stuck out as absolute discussion points on the way home. Service was relaxed - just how we like it

Liv

Incredible cocktails and imiginative food done brilliantly definitely worth a visit. Starter choices are great, very interesting format of menu

Emily

Great cocktails, AMAZING Chateaubriand... go while the 50% off is still on as I'm not sure I'd have been keen on paying full price for everything - it's great value at the moment.