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The Riding House Café

Café, Breakfast Spot, and Cocktail Bar££££
West End, London
  • Ahmad A.
    "also the smoked salmon with scrambled eggs & buttermilk pancakes 👍?"(11 Tips)
    Sabrina Séverine D.
    "Best place for brunch!! Egg benedicts is good"(10 Tips)
    Jimmy R.
    "Chorizo hash is the best breakfast you will EVER eat."(17 Tips)
    Buket A.
    "Eggs Benedict, eggs royale, smoothies 👌🏼🍳🍞🍹"(13 Tips)
228 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • pancakes
  • brunch food
  • lively
  • good for groups
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  • Sean O.
    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 3 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
    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.
  • 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.
  • Polina M.
    Polina MelamedJuly 26, 2015
    This place is always buzzing! Highly recommended for working breakfast on weekdays and late brunch on a weekend. Food-wise - get inspired by the menu, it's all worth a try.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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. "
  • 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.
  • Jinte C.
    Jinte ClJanuary 31
    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.
  • 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
  • Paul R.
    Paul Rousou-AdamsSeptember 1, 2012
    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.
  • Avalon d.
    Avalon de POctober 12, 2014
    Great ideas but poor execution. Too much salt on the chips and over grilled salty hallumi on the salads. Driving cocktails a good idea but bland in flavour (£4.50 for 150ml Apple juice). Slow service.
  • Ahmad A.
    Ahmad A.February 6
    Highly recommend the place! For breakfast, the veggie plate is amazing, also the smoked salmon with scrambled eggs & buttermilk pancakes 👍👌
  • Amy W.
    Amy WilsonOctober 6, 2015
    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!
  • Ieva L.
    Ieva LekaviciuteOctober 24, 2015
    This place has terrible service. I asked for a martini and they brought some disgusting sweet drink. When asked to change it the manager wanted to charge me for it and was very rude, avoid the place.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Natasha M.
    Natasha MitterMarch 11, 2015
    Standard food. Nothing to rave about. The amount of lobster for the eggs Benny was quite small and not very satisfying. Service was good though & the queue moves pretty fast.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Jo M.
    Jo MorrellOctober 15, 2012
    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!
  • 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
  • Alex L.
    Alex LobovMarch 8, 2015
    Very disappointing. Poached eggs were overcooked, and the amount of chorizo in the hash was embarrassingly tiny. Add that to the waiting times and I certainly won't be back.
  • Abdulhakim S.
    Nice place to come with friends, I tried the French toast and Bankcake, it was very good and delicious.
  • 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.
  • 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;)
  • Mike G.
    Mike GallagherJune 13, 2013
    Lovely food but way too expensive for what you get. £35/head for the set menu not including drinks or service then rushed off the table at 9pm. Simply not worth it
  • Athina 💎 F.
    Athina 💎 FrFebruary 21
    Nice atmosphere, friendly staff, but the eggs benedict were nothing special. I expected more for a place that's supposed to be rated 4th in London!
  • Abdullah B.
    Abdullah BamashmoosNovember 2, 2015
    You will like the butter milk pancakes. I also tried the Royal Benedict (salmon Benedict)
  • Jonathan K.
    Jonathan KitchenOctober 17, 2013
    Really nice front of house but cleanliness a bit doubtful - cockroach spotted downstairs and only has a food hygiene rating of 2 stars!
  • 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!
  • Chris L.
    Chris LewisAugust 3, 2013
    Disappointed. They failed to get our order right, struggled to make a decent poached egg and the toilets were flooded. Poor show for a pricey breakfast place.
  • 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.
  • Shonny D.
    Shonny DuttaDecember 7, 2014
    A lot of small flies, had to wave my arms around couple of times to shoo away flies. All in all... A disappointing 4.5/10. Service is really slow.
  • Julia S.
    Julia SandlerAugust 10, 2014
    One of my favourite London spots. Great for brunch (get a bloody Mary!!). Also great for wines in the evening!
  • 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.
  • 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
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