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The Riding House Café

Café, Breakfast Spot, and Cocktail Bar££££
West End, London
  • The experts at The Guardian and Time Out London recommend this place
    • The Guardian
    • Time Out London
  • Ahmad A.
    "also the smoked salmon with scrambled eggs & buttermilk pancakes 👍?"(12 Tips)
    Ministry of Waxing
    "Hussard eggs"(4 Tips)
    Sabrina Séverine D.
    "Best place for brunch!! Egg benedicts is good"(10 Tips)
    Jim R.
    "Chorizo hash is the best breakfast you will EVER eat."(17 Tips)
249 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • pancakes
  • brunch food
  • lively
  • good for groups
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  • Sean O.
    Sean Olson-RoyApril 3, 2016
    Great place to hang out with friends, nice selection of beer and wine. The buffalo wings are spicy and were a hit with the kids. Ask for the daily house hard soda! Wifi password: titchfield
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Brad T.
    Brad TNovember 8, 2014
    Def one of the best brunch places in London. Eggs Hussard was great. The pancakes look and taste awesome. And it's flat down the best Bloody Mary I've had in London so far.
  • R93
    R93April 12, 2016
    We had the eggs benedict and the buttermilk pancakes. The food was amazing and the service very quick. Best Sunday brunch I've had in a long time. Highly recommended ^_^
  • irem a.
    irem a.October 24, 2014
    the small plates are really delicious and ideal for sharing! you should try the coctails before the meal. wine list is also very good and rich. even though service is a bit slow, it is worth the wait.
  • Ahmad A.
    Ahmad AlfilimbanyFebruary 6, 2016
    Highly recommend the place! For breakfast, the veggie plate is amazing, also the smoked salmon with scrambled eggs & buttermilk pancakes 👍👌
  • Jean-Michel R.
    Jean-Michel RNovember 1, 2014
    Say "Yes!" to the cinnamon doughnuts! They are freshly baked, soft in the center and paired with thick chocolate and whip cream as an "optional side. "
  • Richard B.
    Richard BennettOctober 1, 2011
    Have the Eggs Benedict. The best ive had in the UK! (extra big mushrooms and streaky bacon sides if your famished) Follow up with a "kick you in the face" Bloody Mary (complete with a celery straw).
  • Paul R.
    Paul Rousou-AdamsSeptember 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great ambience, sort of a cross between a NY diner and a rustic cafe - really works. Needed to book a table, even for breakfast on Saturday, but ending up at the bar was good fun.
  • John S.
    John SOctober 29, 2012
    Fabulous drinks - Negroni (special brew). Burger and Lobster Lasagna are delicious as well everything else on the menu. Dessert - donuts & sundae were off the charts. Great staff.
  • Andy T.
    Andy ThorntonAugust 15, 2013
    One of the best eating spaces in London; open, light, diner-lounge style comfort. However the quirky decor & dishes aren't enough to save it from the average food and desperate housewife ambiance.
  • Simon K.
    Simon Kaastrup-OlsenSeptember 26, 2014
    The pork belly is simply amazing. Don't get more than a portion of three per person, but ... Just so juicy (it's finger food!)
  • Dana D.
    Dana DrummondJuly 29, 2014
    The small plates are incredibly small! Make sure to order 5-6 per person if you are moderately hungry. Tuna carpaccio was tasty, pass on the artichoke. I left feeling unsatisfied with a hefty bill.
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonMarch 27, 2012
    This brasserie has a busy breakfast trade. Breakfast diners are directed left towards the comfier of the two main dining areas, which has deep leather banquettes and is slightly more private. Read more
  • Heba A.
    The have changed the name but kept the same quality and great food.. kinda crowded and loud on weekends mornings but worth the try
  • Fahad A.
    Fahad AlkhlaiwiAugust 6, 2015
    I love the place and bar seating experience, the place is so nice and beautiful. The have an amazing pan cake
  • Lorna M.
    Lorna McMullanAugust 14, 2014
    Superb place for Breakfast. We were sat hidden away round the side on some comfy sofas with a coffee and some goregous bubble & squeak. Perfect start to the day.
  • euroner g.
    euroner gJuly 25, 2013
    If you do not belong to the coffee or tea addicts, go for the 'breakfast smoothie' to start the day great!
  • Evening Standard
    Evening StandardJuly 13, 2012
    The shakes: Bramble Cream, Chocolate Roses and Liquid Toblerone. In the Bramble Cream they use Beefeater gin, lemon juice, vanilla ice cream, milk and Crème de Mure. Read more
  • Christiana M.
    Christiana MakariouFebruary 24, 2014
    great place with nice interior and atmosphere. i believe the food used to be better though! try the buttermilk pancakes!
  • Tanya
    TanyaJune 26, 2012
    Added via the Tatler Restaurant Guide 2012Price £Tel 020 7927 0840Email big and bustling Fitzrovia all-day brasserie from the team beh Read more
  • Petra V.
    Petra VaupoticOctober 19, 2014
    Very trendy and bustling place, excellent for brunch! Don't get put off by the queue - it's worth it.
  • Jo M.
    Jo MorrellOctober 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the food, lots of healthy options, but they are funny about which tables you can sit at and the air con is always Ott. Wear your coat!
  • BarChick
    BarChickAugust 12, 2013
    Finally, somewhere decent to escape the hectic hoards on Oxford Street. BarChick prefers it as an afternoon refuge away from the mad crowds.
  • Abdulhakim S.
    Abdulhakim SabrMay 4, 2016
    Nice place to come with friends, I tried the French toast and Bankcake, it was very good and delicious.
  • Ministry of Waxing
    An absolutely delicious brunch experience. The Hussard eggs, the chorizo, the really can’t go wrong with this lovely and friendly venue!
  • Rob D.
    Rob DysonSeptember 24, 2011
    Stylish, cool - grab a booth / table in the second room if you can. Elegant brasserie food at not crazy prices. Attentive staff. Fear the taxidermy squirrel lights!
  • Natasha D.
    Natasha DiamondSeptember 13, 2014
    Cocktails are strong but good, didn't eat but everyone else was and it looked amazing would definitely recommend. Great ambience/atmosphere too!
  • Abdullah B.
    Abdullah BamashmoosNovember 2, 2015
    You will like the butter milk pancakes. I also tried the Royal Benedict (salmon Benedict)
  • Julia S.
    Julia SandlerAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favourite London spots. Great for brunch (get a bloody Mary!!). Also great for wines in the evening!
  • Phil K.
    Phil KenchSeptember 20, 2012
    Small plate nibbles make up a supper easily and relatively inexpensively in upmarket place. Great cocktails (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • ilkka m.
    ilkka makelaDecember 15, 2012
    Like the attention to detail re style - even the dyson hand dryers are covered in dark tailormade steelwork to keep the rustic athmosphere;)
  • Jinte C.
    Jinte ClJanuary 31, 2016
    I don't get why everyone is so amazed by this place. It's pretty and the service is nice, but it's incredibly crowded. It takes forever to get your food and it's not even that delicious.
  • Christine D.
    Christine DesillesNovember 29, 2014
    Pancakes are awesome but big queue and service is slow. Red rum is awesome big kick !
  • Felicia Y.
    Felicia YeungJune 16, 2014
    The sweetcorn hash brown is absolutely incredible - personal favourite, especially if you add a bit of hollandaise on the side!
  • Diane D.
    Diane DerrienFebruary 1, 2016
    Went here for both breakfast and diner, both atmosphere and food are splendid ! Don't forget to book a table - gets quite busy
  • Hudsons P.
    Hudsons PropertyMay 5, 2013
    We love the tiled bar here, and it's always buzzy any time of day.
  • Kei L.
    Kei LawfordAugust 3, 2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed the Chorizo hash brown for breakfast. Good atmosphere and friendly staff. Do book if you can.
  • Marina N.
    Marina NotrimaJanuary 16
    Absolutely loved it, friendly staff, very quick service. Book a table in advancex
  • Merve A.
    Merve AltıntaşAugust 13, 2016
    Such a cool, cozy place eith delicious Egg royale, pancakes and flat white.
  • Kei L.
    Kei LawfordOctober 4, 2015
    Great food and setting but sometimes the service is very slow. Poached eggs were served cold (only once) but otherwise everything is fine and the staff are very accommodating
  • Amy W.
    Amy WilsonOctober 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    My cousin and I suffered norovirus from eating oysters here. RHC have handled this appallingly; they have not apologised/refunded me for the £200+ bill/confirmed what they have done to stop this!
  • Hulya A.
    Hulya AtaogluAugust 17, 2014
    Brunch on Sunday was nice but very expensive! The atmosphere inside is great. The PB& J smoothie was delicious.
  • Jon W.
    Jon W.August 23, 2013
    Very cool inside and a nice breakfast spot. Skip the chorizo hash though, all the reviews calling it bland are spot on.
  • Hessao_
    Hessao_February 9, 2015
    In love with this busy place! Great food loved the pancakes!! I definitely recommend it for breakfast 💙
  • Erin B.
    Erin BrooksAugust 8, 2014
    Warning: the breakfast menu doesn't differentiate between smoothies and juices so make sure you order the right thing!
  • Olive L.
    Olive LogieJanuary 17, 2016
    Quite ponsy, but in a good way. Great spot to see and very seen - with good food and drinks.
  • Poonam U.
    Poonam UJanuary 12, 2015
    Great breakfast/brunch selection. Eggs benedict was great!
  • BarChick
    BarChickNovember 22, 2011
    It gets absolutely rammed at night so be sure to book. BarChick prefers it as an afternoon refuge away from the mad crowds. Read more
  • Anas A.
    Anas AlShaikhOctober 31, 2015
    The butter milk pancakes are amazingly good! Don't add too much syrup, the pancakes are already sweet.
  • DxbM
    DxbMMay 1
    Sit at the bar to get the diner feel.. pan cakes are huge .. Benedict royale was great ..
  • Nicole T.
    Nicole TsuiDecember 9, 2014
    Ordered a large Lobster Benedict - one of the poached eggs was overcooked and another was fine. More lobster meat compared to my last visit however the hollandaise sauce was a bit flat in taste.
  • Jonathan K.
    Jonathan KitchenOctober 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Really nice front of house but cleanliness a bit doubtful - cockroach spotted downstairs and only has a food hygiene rating of 2 stars!
  • Jim R.
    Jim RobertsonDecember 20, 2014
    Chorizo hash is the best breakfast you will EVER eat.
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmMay 10, 2015
    Popular brunch spot. The ABC Ginger juice is great!
  • Lillian
    LillianMay 5, 2014
    Good atmosphere for a bank holiday brunch, but lunch service after 1, expect a queue! Food was good, though nothing special for the price. Not over priced, not cheap. Chorizo hash - average.
  • Nour M.
    Nour MardamJuly 7, 2016
    Nice place for brunch, avocado with poached eggs is good as well as their fresh juices.
  • Marc D.
    Marc DunningJanuary 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The best cooked breakfast I have eaten. That is all. Sausages are mind blowing! Just do it. Have to come back
  • Olina T.
    Olina TerziFebruary 7, 2015
    I've loved the brunch here a couple of times! Be aware though, Fridays after 12 only lunch served.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HansonAugust 3, 2013
    Amazing beef & bone marrow burger w/ liver parfait & truffle. Have it medium rare!!!¡¡¡
  • Alistair
    AlistairDecember 6, 2015
    Breakfast/brunch is good. Nice atmosphere and really friendly staff. Couldn't fault my poached eggs.
  • Meshael
    MeshaelMay 29, 2016
    The best buttermilk pancake ever 😍❤️
  • 26, 2011
    The Red Riding House Café is decked out so brilliantly that you just have to enjoy its glamour - don't expect the food to reach the same standard though. Read more
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah TaylorFebruary 16, 2016
    Nice brunch spot for a treat. Good atmosphere and the burgers are great
  • Marie S.
    Marie S.May 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Super busy weekdays during lunch time (try after 2:30), definitely book on weekends.
  • Alex V.
    Alex VeloAugust 8, 2014
    Starters are small but very tasty. I liked the Moorish lamb and the artichoke.
  • Tim Q.
    Tim QuayleNovember 17, 2013
    The shared family style meal for groups is the best £45 meal we've ever had!
  • Tanvi D.
    Tanvi DewanAugust 3, 2013
    Best buttermilk pancakes!! And don't knock the eggs Benedict n chorizo hash browns!!
  • Josephine G.
    Prefer Riding House for breakfast rather than dinner - superb eggs Hussard and milk bottle smoothies
  • Ami K.
    Ami Kang-ThorntonAugust 10, 2013
    The space is lovely. Feels like someone's living room. Food = average. Chorizo hash browns were bland. However puds were the perfect sweet finish.
  • Paul R.
    Paul Rousou-AdamsSeptember 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Breakfast: pancakes & Sunshine smoothie (served in a milk bottle) & americano coffee. Delicious.
  • Brendan L.
    Brendan LewisApril 25, 2015
    You can't go wrong with avocado on toast with poached eggs
  • Amandine C.
    Amandine ChxSeptember 16, 2014
    Lovely small plates: lamb, chicken terrine and scallops. Good wine selection
  • Manolya F.
    Manolya FikriJune 18, 2015
    French toast and iced chocolate is awesome! Lovely and lively atmosphere. Definitely back again!
  • Matt
    MattMarch 10, 2012
    Beautiful decor, good atmosphere and not too crowded because 10 minutes walk from Oxford Circus...
  • Gloverboy
    GloverboyAugust 13, 2014
    One of my favourite London breakfast spots. Try the Full & Proper Breakfast!
  • Ogulcan G.
    Ogulcan GirgincJune 6, 2015
    Their French toasts and English breakfasts are pretty good.
  • S R.
    S RavsApril 9
    Nice place but horrendously pricey for really little portions. If you want to make it worth your 💰 then have the pancakes 🥞 (huge).
  • Layla A.
    Layla AbdulkaderMarch 3, 2014
    Their buttermilk pancake is a must try 👍👍😋😋
  • Adam B.
    Adam BurrowsJanuary 23, 2014
    The avocado on toast, with lemon wedge plus balsamic pot is genius and only £5.50
  • Sarah
    SarahMarch 27, 2012
    Only serves brunch till 1pm. Get there early. Order a smoothie that comes in funky milk bottles...
  • Nada f.
    Nada fouzanMay 6, 2016
    The avocado Benedict was lovely and light
  • Alexandra N.
    Alexandra NotayJune 5, 2013
    Great food - shocking service. Either scatty and incompetent or just too cool to acknowledge you...
  • kiptrip
    kiptripOctober 24, 2016
    Great service and atmosphere but small plates were a letdown. Poutine was AWFUL. Only good thing was the pulled pork. FYI their cheesecake looks unappetizing but actually tastes pretty good.
  • Aaron Q.
    Aaron QuinceMarch 13, 2014
    The burger and the beef are great choices.... Start with a cocktail!
  • Essie S.
    Essie SAugust 25, 2014
    Good scrambled eggs and salmon! Great interior. Lovely atmosphere.
  • Mandy S.
    Mandy ShipleySeptember 23, 2013
    Great menu - had the super foods salad with chicken and it was excellent!
  • David S.
    David SewellFebruary 3, 2014
    Order the cinnamon donuts, so good
  • Tim B.
    Tim BradshawAugust 28, 2011
    Does a mean Bloody Mary, with a laid-back vibe to match
  • MAY
    MAYSeptember 12, 2016
    Avocado benedict with feta 👌🏼
  • minnie m.
    minnie mAugust 23, 2015
    Lobster Benedict is a bit small. Great chorizo salad
  • Matthew N.
    Matthew NgSeptember 2, 2014
    A love brunch place in London. Try the Tolberone "milkshake"!
  • Pete M.
    Pete MarcusOctober 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great unpretentious but above-average food. Buzzing atmosphere.
  • Filipa S.
    Filipa SoaresOctober 6, 2013
    For brunch get the eggs royal and abc ginger juice. Delicious
  • SzeLee L.
    SzeLee LaiFebruary 19, 2016
    I tried the sharing dishes. It's tapas size and nice to eat apart of a few dishes are over salty for my taste.
  • Nick M.
    Nick MitchellJuly 29, 2013
    Great brunch! The chorizo hash brown was very tasty.
  • Romy C.
    Romy CohenJune 22, 2015
    Halloumi and advocado salad is great!
  • Elspeth V.
    Elspeth VeltenMarch 31, 2015
    Poached eggs consistently overcooked in eggs Benedict - the cardinal sin!
  • clive k.
    clive kornitzer5 days ago
    Great vibe a food selection plus sir at the bar is there is a chance
  • Matthew N.
    Matthew NcubeSeptember 28, 2013
    Burger was perfect post workout. Has truffled liver parfait
  • Sandy W.
    Sandy WanFebruary 8, 2015
    Good brunch menu there! Need to try their pancakes next time
  • Tugba S.
    Tugba SöylerNovember 2, 2014
    Herdaim dolu olan brunchlarıyla meşhur çalışan kesimin laptoplarıyla mutlu mesut vakit geçirdiği şık bir cafe fiyatlar makul brunch için 2 kişi £35 ödeyebilirsiniz
  • Naif
    NaifAugust 28, 2016
    The pancakes were delicious and their eggs as well. The food took more than 40 mins to arrive. البانكيك و البيض لذيذ بس الخدمة سيئة و بطيئين
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