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The Riding House Cafe is a modern brasserie found on Great Titchfield Street.

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Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 08:00-15:00 & 18:00-22:00
Sat-Sun 09:00-15:00 & 18:00-22:00

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By Stephen F.

Offering a flexible, affordable and pretty darn tasty menu, the Riding House Café is a very welcome addition to the West End. Just keep sensitive souls away from the light fittings…

The Venue
Straddling the corner of Riding House Street and Great Titchfield Street, it’s certainly got a prime spot and is a huge improvement on what was there: Chutney & Lager was never really likely to catch on. Thankfully the guys behind Village East and The Garrison have decked this place out impressively, with a shabby-chic aesthetic that’s more chic than shabby.

It’s divided into two areas, with one more suited to dining and another that’s a little bit more relaxed, with bar stools, a long communal trestle-esque table, a little bit of concrete and swooping lampshades combining to give it a touch of New York cool. The dining room is smaller, but still feels spacious, with big, orange leather sofa seating pushed up against wood panelled walls that offer the tiniest hint of the hunting club. But just to ram it home, there are some taxidermied squirrels scurrying up the wall to offer the lights some support, and provoke the odd squeal from delicate little flowers.

The Atmosphere
It’s all very nice and informal, even if the friendly, knowledgeable and smiley staff are kitted out in the kind of natty black and white getups you see when fine dining. It’s a busy little place too, with a clientele made up of local workers and residents, intrigued foodies and probably a fair few West End shoppers taking a well-earned or accidental wander away from the hordes on Oxford Street. There’s plenty of appreciative chatter that complements the perfectly pitched music, and the lights are dimmed to make it feel a touch more romantic later on.

The Food
Following something of a (welcome) trend, the menu is flexible, with a whole host of ‘smaller plates’ (£3-£5) enabling you to go down the tapas route, and plenty of hearty mains if you want to keep things traditional.

And those mains certainly are appetising – think guinea fowl breast with black pudding and Romesco sauce (£14.60), seared sea trout with crab and leek salad and confit lemon vinaigrette (£14.20), chorizo hash browns with mushroom and poached egg (£10.50), and a rack of pork with lentils, smoked sausage and horseradish (£14.20). The small plates are even more so though, and when they average out at £4, the suggested eight-between-two people means they’re pretty good value too.

The goat’s curd with figs and honey (£3) is small, yes, but beautifully balanced and features some surprisingly light and fluffy curd. The cured sea trout (£4) is equally impressive, with sliced jalapenos offering a bit of piquancy before crème fraiche calms things down a bit. Baby squid with chorizo (£4) is always a good combination, and here it benefits from good ingredients as well as a pinch or two of paprika, some chilli and some olives. The slow roasted pork belly (£4) comes as three little squares of ever so slightly overdone meat, which is a shame as the cumin salt rubbed into the fat really gives it an extra bit of depth.

Some excellent Moorish lamb cutlets (£5) flirt with overseasoning but don’t put out, and the soft and tender meat works well with its bed of pureed smoked aubergine. Three salt cod fritters (£5) are light and perfectly fried, even if the red pepper aioli isn’t particularly inspiring – the penchant for heat evident on the rest of the menu should probably be added here too. The sea bass ceviche (£5) is certainly a highlight – it’s as light as a feather, incredibly fresh and dressed astutely with lime and flickers of chilli.

Desserts are again, well-priced, with a justifiably ostentatious looking rhubarb and raspberry fool coming in a very reasonable £4. Served in a tall knickerbocker glory glass, with chewy meringue and some excellent shortbread threatening to topple it, it’s a very decent dessert indeed. It is, though, put in the shade by a slab of spiced gingerbread (£5.50) that’s huge and heavy, but so very good. It’s heavily infused with ginger and served with a few grilled figs, caramel ice cream and a thick and sticky caramel sauce. It’s delicious, if sickeningly easy to finish.

The Drinks
Loads of cocktails ensure that those seats at the bar will be filled, and with Champagne cocktails coming in at £9, and the rest between £7 and £8, there’s more evidence of that accessible pricing. Guinness, Stella and Becks are on tap (£3.80-£4.20) but if you want something a little more exotic then the bottled options are a good bet, with Sierra Nevada (£4.80), Purity Premium Gold Ale (£5) and Pure UBU Amber Ale (£5) being worth a try.

The wine list is pleasingly extensive, with a leaning towards the old world, and plenty are available by the glass and carafe in another nice nod towards flexibility. On a list that goes steadily from £16.50 bottles of Vin de Pays up to Reserves at £99, there’s plenty of choice, but if you want a steal then the white rioja from Decenio is a very good little crisp and fruity number at just £23.

The Last Word
A great little place that should do well, the Riding House Café’s food, prices and flexibility make it somewhere that feels effortlessly good. And it’s a grey squirrel anyway, you’re allowed to kill those.

By Peter T.

I brought my girlfriend for dinner here a couple of weeks ago after really enjoying its sister restaurant, Village East . RHC didn't disappoint. Great atmosphere and the staff were very friendly and attentive with wine and had great recommendations for the food which was magnificent. A laid back, New York type of place. There is also a great pub nearby, the Green Man for pre drinks. Will definitely be re-visiting the RHC.

By T W.

Having read glowing reviews in the Telegraph, we thought we'd give it a try. Having made a reservation on a Friday, we turned up promptly. Admittedly, it's probably the busiest night of the week and were told our table was paying up and asked to wait by the bar. Having ordered two bottles of wine between 6 of us, we hung around the bar for about 15 mins before asking how much longer our table would be. We were told that it was being set up so we headed back to the bar, expecting to be called at any moment. Another 10 mins passed and still nothing. Having approached one of the hosts again, we were told that it was going to be a few more minutes. I hate being lied to by hosts. 35 mins after our allotted reservation, we were finally seated at our table in the main dining room. The waitress did apologise for the wait before giving out menus. We ordered a selection of small tapas-style dishes to all share and then main courses each. The salted cod croquettes were nice but a little cold by the time it arrived. The roast pork belly was delicious - crispy skin and tender. The goats cheese curd (seemingly ultra popular and trendy right now) was also really tasty but the veal sausage was just so-so. My main course was the chorizo hash brown with poached egg - more of a brunch dish in my view - but was very good with a perfectly poached egg on top. Others liked about the foie gras burger (although one friend complained he couldn't taste or find the foie gras!!) and the accompanying french fries were top notch. A good wine list and inventive cocktails as well as a smattering of classic ones, the drinks were certainly flowing. In the end, we had a good time but perhaps that was because we were so hungry that everything tasted pretty good. Still, worth a try, perhaps on a quieter night!

By Jen O.

Everything about The Riding House Café it is brilliant! There is a relaxed atmosphere but still with excellent service, which is friendly is prompt but not to the extent that you are being rushed through. The décor is “vintage” and slightly quirky but a lovely environment to sit in and enjoy a lunch or dinner. There is choice of seating in a restaurant area where you need to book or a lounge or bar area. I have had food from both the main courses and the Tapas style plates on the menu. It is varied and caters well for both veggie and meat dishes. The quality and presentation of the food was excellent and tasted fantastic. The portions are generous but not overwhelming, and the price is good value, particularly for the tapas plates. All in all I would highly recommend this restaurant.

By Col P.

The most uncomfortable dinning experience I have ever encountered. Sunday lunch..Tip up chairs bolted to the floor making them difficult to get in and out of and so close to the table that you had to climb over them to get into your seat. Not Good for ladies with tight skirts. Decor looks like they ran out of money with unfinished ceilings and walls with the general ambiance of a hastily vacated warehouse. Food nothing to write home about and ridiculously overpriced. The service was average and a menu so badly written that it requires detailed explanation from the staff. Vegetables did not arrive until some time after the main appeared. All in all ...not worth the price.

By Amanda W.

Great value and super friendly - tasty snacks at very reasonable prices - the cafe is well designed and modern - highly recommended!

By Clodagh H.

I stumbled across the Riding House Cafe yesterday and was delighted to find this new addition to the neighbourhood. The area north of oxford street has been crying out for exactly this type of buzzy restaurant cum bar. I sampled quite a few of the small dishes and they were all excellent, full of flavour and well executed. I also had a delicious sea trout with a crab salad. Selection of wines by the glass was good. The service was charming and attentive. I wasn't quite sure about the decor - there were a lot of different styles each fighting for prime place but overall it worked in a (slightly try too hard) quirky way. I really hope this place does well and keeps up its welcoming ambience and delicious, simple food, well done.

By Ben D.

Beautiful place - yes. Nice drinks - yes. Amazing food - no. Given the number of chefs running about I was expecting something special but got something that was just 'quite nice.' Shame they didn't put as much effort into the food as they put into the interior design.

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