The Riding House Cafe
Don’t you just love discovering something in an area that you thought you knew well? That’s London for you. Down every street there is somewhere new that’ll make you think how have I never heard of this place before?? Well along my journey to discover all the nooks and crannies of London I recently found The Riding House Cafe.
The Riding House Cafe is a modern all day brasserie. The name doesn’t really make you think cafe or restaurant but becomes memorable once you visit. I found The Riding House when I was searching online for a new brunch place to try out. Of course my best friend Jane was along for the ride (excuse the pun).
It is located on Great Titchfield Street, a few minutes away from Oxford Street. Think of the BCC centre in Regent Street and it’s just around the corner. This makes it hidden away from all the traffic and noise associated with busy Oxford Street. No wonder I have never come across it before.
From the outside it is not too fancy or flash but has big windows to show it’s interior. Once inside it’s unique use of colour, layout and furnishings makes it stand out from over similar places in central London. Brown, cream, blue and teal are used to create a wonderful contrast between a modern shine and earthy origins. The tiled brick flooring, old fold down seats and tables, plus exposed brickwork create an uncomplicated aesthetic, allowing the customers and food to organically create atmosphere and colour. The long table and with fold down seats, known as the sharing table, offers the opportunity to engage with other customers due to the close proximity of the seats. I love what they have written about this on there website:
“Once upon a time, we chatted to strangers, brought jams to neighbours in times of plenty and said hello to passersby. We hear it still happens up North.
We also hope one might choose to shoot the breeze with fellow diners at the sharing table. Maybe you might debate current affairs; maybe you share a secret haunt; maybe you might just pass the pepper.”
Imagine Londoners engaging with strangers over their brunch or dinner? The Riding House could be the start of a new trend, sharing the love of your food with other people as you eat.
There is a lot of choice of food and drink whatever time of day you go. There are extensive Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Saturday Brunch, Sunday Brunch, Desserts , Cocktails and Wine menus available. Jane and I had the choice of the Sunday Brunch, but only just as we got there a few minutes before 4pm when Brunch stops being served. Jane had Smoked Haddock Kedgeree (with soft boiled eggs, and pea shoots) with a side of Broccoli. I chose Eggs Royale (with smoked salmon), small portion. Of we had to have tea too.
I love eggs with smoked salmon and this dish was just perfect. I wish I ordered the large portion to have a bit more. Then me being me, I had to go for dessert. Red Velvet Cake please.
Surely I do not need words to describe this photo. A heavenly piece of cake if ever there was one. I wish I could reach into the screen to taste that cake right now! It was soft, fluffy and sweet, just the way cake should be. The slice on the plate just looks like a work of art. I’d even suggest you go to The Riding House just to try this cake or any of their desserts. I’ll probably end up doing that myself one day. No dinner just cake please!
On a Sunday
It was not too busy on the Sunday we went, so that is probably a good time to experience The Riding House. The large windows bring in so much light that links with the concept of the atmosphere and interior being natural. I’d love to experience what it is like in the evening. The full menu is available wherever you chose to sit, so you have no restrictions. Private dining is available where you can book for up to 50, depending on what room you choose and/or need.I can’t recommend The Riding House Cafe more. Give it a try next time you are in the west end.
I can’t recommend The Riding House Cafe more. Give it a try next time you are in the west end.
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