Riding House Café

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Bronze Award

Crammed with Fitzrovia’s media movers and shakers from morn till night, Riding House Café is a popular and on-trend eatery made up of two distinctive spaces. The frenetic, buzzy bar area is great for those looking to just have drinks or a quick meal, while those looking for something a little more subdued can head to the back of the restaurant, where you’ll find eccentric English décor, including panelled walls, burnt orange banquettes and stuffed squirrels hanging from the lamps.

Service isn’t always slick, but a wide-ranging menu of fuss-free dishes impresses. From the sharing small plates, we enjoyed a gooey mac ‘n’ cheese topped with crispy shallots, and a tender lamb chop pepped up with luminous green chutney. From the mains, we were most taken with a slab of lusciously fatty slow-roasted pork belly, while a side of burnt hispi cabbage topped with shavings of pancetta also hit the spot.

For dessert, try the likes of a crumbly raspberry and white chocolate tart or a classic apple tarte tatin made fun with a sprinkling of popping candy. Classy brunches spanning buttermilk pancakes and shakshuka pull the crowds, while a pristinely tiled bar is great for remote working in the day, and dates at night.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
International
Ambience
Cool, Cosy, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Quirky, Romantic
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Counter dining, Dog friendly, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Celeb-spotting, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

COVID-19 Update for Riding House Café

Updated on 14 Sep 2020

Here at Riding House Café, we recognise that COVID-19 presents unique challenges and will take all steps necessary to help reduce the risk of its transmission.

We have stringent policies in place to help ensure our employees and guests are safe from COVID-19.

These include:

All employees must complete a health screening questionnaire and confirm they are in good health prior to beginning work.
No employees will work if they or anyone in their household is unwell following Public Health England Self Isolation Guidance.
Our employees follow safe COVID-19 working procedures.
Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting will be carried out using chemicals that are appropriate for COVID-19.
Employees already follow good personal hygiene but this has been enhanced for both back and front of house teams.
All staff wash their hands regularly for 20 seconds with hot water and soap, with the addition of a hand sanitiser afterwards.
Contactless pick up and deliveries are in place which follow social distancing guidelines.
Our employees have been provided with appropriate PPE.
 

We will identify the hazards associated with COVID-19 in our premises via a process of risk assessment and will implement all control measures necessary to help protect the welfare of our staff, customers, visitors and any suppliers or contractors who visit our premises.

We will ensure that adequate resources are made available to help protect our staff, customers and visitors whether this be via the provision of hygiene equipment such as hand sanitising stations, signage and notices throughout the premises or personal protective equipment for use as necessary.

We commit to ensuring that all of our staff receive training in the control of COVID-19 and will undertake refresher training on a regular basis to ensure that our safety procedures are always at the highest of standards.

We believe that the best resource is our team. We will ensure that they are consulted with regularly and where concerns are raised we will listen to them and act accordingly. Where staff request measures over and above our own standards to help protect their welfare and that of others, we will endeavour to meet with those requests.

We will continually monitor our performance, whether by internal or third party audit. Upon identifying any improvements necessary during any audit, we commit to ensuring that these are acted upon immediately and without hesitation. We will also strive to achieve certification to our safety consultants ‘COVID-19 Secure’ standard within all our premises.

We recognise that COVID-19 management is a continually evolving matter. We will monitor Government and other agency advice and implement their best practice recommendations should they differ from our own processes. We will continue to employ the services of a third party safety consultancy, currently Food Alert, and will regularly liaise with them to ensure that they keep us up to date with all best practice measures.

This policy, our procedures and our risk assessments are under continual review and we will revise the content regularly should the need arise. We shall also ensure that controls we set in place do not negatively impact upon the safety and security of our premises.

Special offers for Riding House Café

100 Points

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Riding House Café Events

FreeThanksgiving Feast Box  Delivery
Special Dinner
Thanksgiving Feast Box Delivery

25 Nov 2020 until 26 Nov 2020

Restaurants may be closing their doors for lockdown, but there are still plenty of things to be thankful for today - not least because pre-orders for our THANKSGIVING FEAST BOX are now live!

Each box contains everything needed to recreate the full restaurant experience at home, for you or as a gift for family and friends, and is priced at £85, serving two generously.

Our chefs have created a proper Stateside banquet for you - feast on our tender Norfolk Bronze turkey served with all the trimmings you can imagine - including cornbread stuffing, maple-buttered sweet potatoes, green beans & praline, and more - before both pumpkin and pecan pie to finish.

The full menu will be ready for you to finish off at home, alongside a bottle of our Kentucky Bucket punch, festive decorations, our Americana playlist and party games to get you in the festive spirit.

Nationwide delivery is available, arriving on 25/26 November, or you can opt to collect your box from our Fitzrovia restaurant.

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Location for Riding House Café

43-51 Great Titchfield Street, London, London, W1W 7PQ

020 7927 0840

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Opening Times

Breakfast
Mon 09:00-11:30
Tue 09:00-11:30
Wed 09:00-11:30
Thu 09:00-11:30
Fri 09:00-11:30
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Brunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 09:00-15:00
Sun 09:00-15:00
Lunch
Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 17:30-21:00
Tue 17:30-21:00
Wed 17:30-21:00
Thu 17:30-21:00
Fri 17:30-21:00
Sat 17:30-21:00
Sun Closed

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Uncle P

Great atmos -- leave a cash tip!
10 November 2018  
Great place. I've been three times now and cannot fault the look and feel. Stylish lighting, great sound levels -- gentle buzz -- good place for conversation. Food is good but as others have mentioned can be a little inconsistent. Lemon sole was great. Tarte Tatin a little synthetic -- was it really home made? Out waitress told us that the automatically-included 12.5% service charge was not equally distributed to the staff. I asked her if it went straight to the management and she declined to answer so we asked for the service charge to be removed -- with permission from the boss they did so no problem and no questions asked -- and gave a chunky cash tip direct to the waitress. I recommend you do the same.
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raganello

A great atmosphere
14 May 2018  
I've visited many times, but on this occasion it was for breakfast early on a Saturday morning. The service was just as good as usual, and the atmosphere was very pleasant; buzzing but not noisy. The service was friendly and attentive, and we weren't rushed at all. The plates for the hot food could have been warmer, but the food was as good as usual.
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Natalia P

The riding house cafe
15 April 2015  
Very good restaurant. Service is very attentive and accommodating, they event have a menu specifically for those with gluten allergy. Definitely will be coming back
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Chris S

05 April 2014  
Underwhelmed. Trendy place but doesn't really deliver.
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Lizann D

Great food & atmosphere, service not great
05 November 2013  
Riding House Cafe does not disappoint when it comes to food and atmosphere but the staff and service were a bit poor.
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Lizann D

Great food!
14 October 2013  
Riding House Cafe never disappoints!
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Sophie E

Try the burger!
20 September 2013  
I had the delicious Oysters and Prawn salad for a work lunch – my colleague had the Bone Marrow burger which was sensational. Well thought out menu with so much I liked and brilliant atmosphere – the only thing that let it down was slow service
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Amanda R

Review of The Riding House Cafe
13 September 2013  
The Riding House Cafe is the sort of place I wish had existed 20 odd years ago as a ‘go-to after work on a Thursday’ venue. It was alive with the perfect sort of buzz you need after a day in the office. The trouble was, the people making the buzz were all so young! Or is it that I'm so old? Apart from the lovely Spanish waitress being a little thrown by the idea of tonic and lime cordial, the service was fabulously attentive and understated. When we asked to switch tables on arrival to one where we could sit closer, only to be able to hear each other above the din, the Manageress obliged without a fuss. Our food took a little while longer than I would have wanted but was worth waiting for – especially the kedgeree. If you're looking for a vibey after work hangout, eclectically but sympathetically furnished (even the hand dryers in the loo had distressed copper surrounds), and your hearing is great and you don't mind shouting then I highly recommend it.
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Jenni B

Great atmosphere, great cocktails & great food!
12 August 2013  
I have been to the Riding House Cafe twice – once for a work event where we had use of their private dining room and once for a meal in the main restaurant. Both visits were thoroughly enjoyable and I would definitely return again. The private dining room is a really interesting room with great décor, you have your own dedicated waiter and have use of the stereo system so you can set the mood yourself! The table is pretty large so you are relatively spaced out so I wouldn't recommend it for a group of less than 10-12 but we really enjoyed our evening and the food was really good. My second visit was a meal for two up in the main restaurant, the atmosphere up there is lively and informal, we had a few cocktails at the bar first and then moved on for some dinner. The waiting staff were friendly and helpful and the food very yummy This and Village East are two of my favourite places in London to eat – they offer great food in a really lovely environment that isn't too stuffy and formal. Highly recommended!
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Ellen F

Trot on!
03 March 2013  
I have been trying to come to Riding House Cafe for about 18 months and so it seems has everyone else. You need to book a couple of weeks in advance for a weekend, which mercifully we had, because on arrival the staff make it perfectly clear you're lucky to be here. Standing behind the large table at the entrance designed to keep clients as far away from “welcoming staff” as possible, a “hostess” will eventually remember her training, break off her huddled conversation, smile and enquire about your booking, whilst another fends off a starved customer who has been waiting at the bar for god knows how long. The space afforded the door staff is not extended to the customers who are crammed in literally (yes, literally, I do not use this term lightly) cheek-by-jowl. Once seated, the serving staff are actually rather pleasant and approachable as well as efficient (and thin, in order to move between tables). It's billed as an “all-day brasserie” and that's just about what it does: expect eggs florentine, burgers, steaks etc. There are a few dishes which break the mould but nothing I found particularly appealing (spiced beetroot fritters?) as well as, wow this is original, some small sharing plates. My burger and chips were perfectly edible but not much to write home about. I had a bottle of coca cola which would normally make me happy (so superior to a can) but as I'd asked for a pint I wasn't impressed. At least warn me you can't bring one. I can't honestly understand what all the fuss is about and I certainly shan't be battling to come back or waiting at 2pm desperately for a chance to sample the food. Yes, the buzzing atmosphere makes it a great place for casual lunch with the girls, but its success lies in it being just a little, tiny bit more great than the other many nearly-great places nearby. If there's room, fab; if not, try elsewhere and don't be disappointed.
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