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Riding House Café

Restaurants, British Fitzrovia
4 out of 5 stars
(48user reviews)
Richard Lewison

Time Out says

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.




Address: 43-51 Great Titchfield Street
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus tube
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4 out of 5 stars

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Brunch is a much loved Aussie past time and I find, always sets up you up for feeling like you’ll have a very productive weekend, even if having brunch is all you have done.

What we had: 

  • Lobster Benedict
  • Chorizo Hash with roasted peppers, curly kale, fried eggs
  • Veggie Breakfast with grilled halloumi, fried egg, field mushroom, slow-roasted tomato, quinoa & chilli, maple-roasted carrot

I really love the idea of ‘upcycling’ or the adaptive reuse of furniture and building parts for the decor and this place does it well whilst keeping a lovely plush comfort with the seating. The service here is always with a smile; however I have to say the coffee quite average. The Lobster Benedict had perfectly poached eggs and the right amount of hollandaise so that it wasn’t swimming in it; however I still thought the muffin wasn’t quite toasted enough and was therefore a little soggy. The lobster also required a little bit more seasoning. The Veggie Breakfast was very decently sized; however doesn’t quite win any points for presentation. The best was the Chorizo Hash with it’s wonderfully poached eggs again and crispy potatoes - it was tied together nicely with the chorizo without being too heavy and oily. I would be keen to go back to try the lunch/ dinner menu which seems a lot more inspiring.

Tip: book ahead and see if you can get the lovely leather lounge seating for maximum comfort and visibility of the decor in the room.

Good For: catch up with friends, casual dining, Sunday roast, brunch


The Riding House Café is one of those grand cafés with polished interiors that makes you feel instantly at home. On top of their beautiful interiors, food looks as good as their surroundings with delicious plates of pancakes, eggs benedict of shakshuka. Bonus point: you can book a table for relatively large groups (6 people) even quite late in the week for the weekend. One minus point was the size of my dish (and unfortunately it seems to apply only to this one), eggs royale were really way too small (especially for £13) and I am not usually a big eater. I had to take a second dish of shakshuka (this time reasonably big) to feel full. Other than that, a great place!

We visited the Riding House Cafe for brunch and the food was delicious! Service was on point, kept your drinks topped up and extremely welcoming/ friendly. The decor is very current and has a relaxed feel. It’s a place you could have a business meeting, a date or take your kids. I had the burgerdict which was so tasty! A little pricey but worth it! Highly recommend!


I don’t know why this is called the Riding House Cafe, but what I do know is that it does a top brunch. How can I describe this place? Well it's nice to find somewhere a little different from the usual chains in nearby Oxford Street and this makes a refreshing change if you’re looking for a place to stopover mid shopping trip or if you just want to treat yourself to a decent coffee or a bite to eat. Gorgeous decor and a mixture of small and large communal and separate tables and option of eating at the bar or within the lounge sets a relaxing mood. The wonderful things I heard about their brunch are true and I would highly recommend a visit here. The Chorizo hash and the Eggs florentine were extremely good dishes that are bound to get your lips smacking together in pure satisfaction. Love their berry pancakes too but disappointed by their red velvet cake though! The staff are super friendly and welcoming. Drinks on offer are great and they do tasty juices and cocktails and a very decent flat white coffee. You sometimes need to book in advance but when my friend and I decided to meet here for an impromptu brunch one weekend when I checked with them beforehand they said that sitting at the bar might be an option instead and luckily for us we didn’t have to wait too long at all. 


Gorgeous interiors, good quality food, professional service, but slightly on the pricey side. The Riding House Cafe is really beautifully decorated, lovely for a brunch especially on a special occasion. Staff are well organised and friendly. The brunch menu is quite limited, but the food is good quality. I recommend a side of truffle mac'n'cheese which was great. Well worth a visit.


I'm a big fan of brunch and pancakes, and Riding House Cafe hits the spot for both for me. This is a big call, but these are by far my favourite pancakes in London. Perfectly fluffy on the inside, but just the right amount of crispy on the outside, complemented with the cream and berries this choice is a winner for me every time. This was my third visit, and everything always looks so good and I know I should try something else but the pancakes are just so darn' good! On previous occasions my company have ordered the baked eggs, and I was recently almost tempted into ordering the Full Veggie (hello halloumi and carrot, what a combo). All the juices are freshly made and the staff are more than happy to customise them as well. As an Aussie I am quite picky about coffee, and with the kiwi kaffeine across the road I feel Riding House holds their own in the coffee department quite well all things considered.

If you are looking to brunch here you definitely need to book in advance unless you want to wait around for a while on the day. I would recommend booking a month in advance, it is well worth it and a nice morning out to look forward to.


Riding House Cafe is forever stylish and discrete. Always a great spot to meet up with friends and while away a few hours over sharing plates and wine. 

Great staff, lovely decor, tasty food and the occasional opportunity to spy a celeb relaxing in a cosy corner (David Gandy's a regular apparently!). 


Unfortunately, not quite what it’s hyped up to be. The staff were well meaning but blundering, first we couldn’t have a table despite the restaurant being half empty, then we could have a table, were seated only to be moved to another table that we could onlyhave for an hour.

The food was average, unsure whether it was rushed to get us off the table but certainly not worth the price and cheekily added service charge.

The restaurant itself was nice, shame about everything else. There are plenty of other nicer places to eat in the area.


My friend and I decided to come to Riding House Café for Pancake Day 2016 because their special items for the day looked rather good. I went for the Bacon Pancakes w/ maple syrup and fried eggs while my friend went for the sweet pancakes with berry compote and whipped cream. 

The first plate of bacon pancakes that I received actually had no bacon pieces in the batter at all. Initially I thought they would be serving the bacon in slices on top of the pancakes but after inquiring, I found out the bacon pieces were supposed to be incorporated into the pancake batter. But cutting through the 3 pancakes on my plate, I found no bacon at all. So I politely asked for a new plate, to which the waitress was more than happy to accommodate. 

On my second plate of bacon pancakes, I was finally able to spot the bacon pieces in the batter but unfortunately, the taste didn't come through as strongly as I would have liked. Seems like it would have been better if the bacon was simply served in slices on top of the pancakes. On the other hand, the fried eggs were done perfectly with a runny yolk. 

As for the 'maple syrup', it tasted more like regular pancake syrup to me. It didn't have a particularly strong maple taste, which was also a disappointment. 

However, I do hope to try out their regular menu at some point because their breakfast dishes and brunch items do look enticing and I've heard good reviews from friends. Hopefully I'll have the chance to and to change my opinion on their food this year!


I’m a sucker for brunch; it truly is the best start to the day in my eyes! The Riding House Café excels with their breakfast menu serving up anything and everything between fluffy pancakes, eggs, avocado and fish. I went on my Birthday and (having booked way in advance) were seated in a very central table surrounded by a buzz of atmosphere – the café has long sharing tables that give the place a lovely relaxed vibe. Although the place was packed our waitress was incredibly attentive and the service was fast – unexpected so close to Christmas.

Unfortunately I was lead to believe I’d booked a table for Brunch and ended up with just the Lunch menu but I did still order the smoked haddock kedgeree and it was delicious.

I’d definitely go back, making sure I got my Brunch this time! 

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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.


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.


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. 

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.


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.


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.

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.


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!


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!


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.

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!

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)!


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.

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.

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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. 

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.

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:

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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