Following on from founder Adam White’s first and much-loved Riding House Café in Fitzrovia, which is frequented by brunchers across the capital, is neighbourhood restaurant and café Riding House Bloomsbury. The modern brasserie offers a members-club like atmosphere with the aim of bringing residents together through offering a broad, accessible and lively place to meet that works for any occasion.
Opening in Brunswick Centre, its interiors have been overseen by White who wanted to create a contrast between its stark exterior and the warm, wood panelled surfaces inside in order to create its club-like feeling. Offering 165 covers indoors, the space is roughly the same size as Riding House Café and is filled with light, crucial for the all-day dining style of its Fitzrovia branch. Meanwhile, guests are able to dine in an extensive, beautifully designed terrace outside during the summer months, with seating for up to 65.
Expect a menu that’s similar to Riding House Café, offering international, fun and unfussy plates with a focus on regular healthy options, bowls and skewers. For lunch and dinner, there are decadent favourites such as lobster lasagne, crab claw and garlic sourdough and red miso chicken, chestnut bisque, wild mushrooms and crème fraiche. But what we really want to know is what its brunch offering looks like – which is the reason Riding House gained fame in the first place. Dishes from the brunch menu nclude cajun pepper stew with egg, avocado, christophine and okra, as well as its popular pancakes with toasted marshmallows, coconut clotted cream, white chocolate and banana maple syrup.
Executive chef Henry Omereye, who has run the kitchen at Riding House Café for four years, leads the kitchen, with front of house and the bar to be overseen respectively by Gian Marco Carla and Harry Hughes from the Ned.