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Best Restaurants - Breakfast - WinnerIt’s not the BBC canteen, although this zanily decked-out venue sometimes feels like it, with the Beeb’s HQ, Broadcasting House, just around the corner. Big, bold Riding House Café can sort you out from breakfast right through to late dinner, and it comes with a riot of curios and retro fittings: the frilly lampshades are straight out of granny’s sitting room, while the stuffed squirrel clearly missed the cut for Springwatch. “Trendy but underwhelming” thinks one dissatisfied customer, although we’re with the majority who love the place – despite the occasional lapse in service. The menu plays the comfort card, offering everything from lobster lasagne and posh burgers to smoked tofu with crispy noodles, healthy salads and sharing plates such as slow-roast pork belly with cumin salt. Otherwise, bag a swanky stool at the rollicking tiled bar and sink an “inventive” cocktail or alcoholic milkshake.


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  1. Published : Friday, 5 April 2013

    Brunch etc. :: Breakfast at the Riding House Cafe

    The Riding House Cafe sports a style I can only describe as gentlemen's club chic, all distressed leather and dark wooden panelling - but with huge windows letting in plenty of light the overall effect is far from dreary, and it's a lovely place to catch up over a meal or drinks...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 17 November 2013

    The Funky Truth :: The Riding House Cafe

    Riding House Café (R.H.C.) is a self-styled modern all-day brasserie, and of course the day starts with breakfast. R.H.C.’s brekkie menu looks great – it’s why my office were looking at going here in the first place – an extensive selection of simple staples like porridge or pancakes, thorough to the Full English and on to classics like an Arnold Bennett omelette or Eggs Hussard. It’s all very thoughtful, like someone has taken care to consider what to offer the masses. This approach is time well spent really, as this place can, and does, get very busy, occupying a prime site on the corner of two roads heading...
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  1. Post #1 of the birthday feasting duo (I wanted so very much to make this a trilogy, but popcorn at the theatre just doesn’t cut it as an eating out experience). I’d heard good things about the Riding House, and figured it would be worth a try,


    I was a little thrown by the taxidermy squirrels, while C needed significant comforting (she carries monkey nuts on her at all times in case of squirrel encounters). The rest of the decor was very pleasant – perhaps they felt the need to shake things up again...
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  1. One of my favourite places for brunch is the Riding House Cafe, a short walk from Oxford Street. It’s gets busy (always a good sign) so I usually try and book in advance. My most recent visit was last Sunday with a couple of friends. It was 1pm by the time we arrived and the lobster benedict and the chorizo hash brown had already sold out. This time I opted for chopped salad and halloumi which was very tasty; light yet surprisingly filling. This was washed down my a mintini, a peppermint tea, strawberry and mint concoction. The others chose smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and cheeseburger with fries. As always, we...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 10 June 2015

    Review of Blacklock, Soho :: The Riding House Cafe

    I made my first trip to The Riding House Cafe last weekend to meet some friends for brunch and a good catch-up. I was really looking forward to it. My mum actually owned one of the flats above the cafe in the 70s; just imagine how cool Fitzrovia would have been then! I love this part of London.

    The place just oozes coolness; no expense spared or detail overlooked. It is beautifully designed. I imagine a great spot for cocktails in the evening...
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  1. I have a soft spot for Eggs Benedicts, I have to order it everytime I go have brunch. The Eggs Benedict served here was top notch, the hollandaise sauce is creamy and thick, and look at that egg yolk! Runny egg yolk, on a crispy bacon and soft muffin, nothing beats that on a lazy Sunday catchup...
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