The Riding House Café: Fitzrovia's failsafe all-day dining spot

The Riding House Café in Fitzrovia is an extremely talented Jack of all trades.  I have yet to find something that it doesn’t do well.  With a fabulous interior – plush and burnt orange in some areas, industrial chic with turquoise accents in others – this multi-tasking venue is the perfect choice for breakfast with friends, a working lunch, an impressive dinner date, lazy weekend brunch or cocktails in the buzzing bar.
The Riding House Café | Fitzrovia restaurant for all-day dining | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog | HYHOI.com
The Riding House Café | Fitzrovia restaurant for all-day dining | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog | HYHOI.com
The Riding House Café | Fitzrovia restaurant for all-day dining | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog | HYHOI.com
Doors open from 7:30am, making it the perfect pre-work pitstop for breakfast  – expect to spend a long while deliberating over the menu, vacillating between the fluffy buttermilk pancakes and bircher muesli, as Holly and I did.
Buttermilk pancakes @ The Riding House Café | Fitzrovia restaurant for all-day dining | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog | HYHOI.com
Muesli @ The Riding House Café | Fitzrovia restaurant for all-day dining | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog | HYHOI.com
Or take my word for it and order the chorizo hash brown (£9.50) – a ginormous potato patty, topped with spinach, ghost-like poached eggs and hearty chunks of chorizo, this is a dish that will set you up for the day.  Wash it down with a fresh juice or smoothie.
Chorizo Hash Brown breakfast @ The Riding House Café | Fitzrovia restaurant for all-day dining | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog | HYHOI.com
The Riding House Café | Fitzrovia restaurant for all-day dining | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog | HYHOI.com
Date night dinner at The Riding House Café is also a must.  Richard’s choice (the boy did good!), we were seated in the restaurant area, which was busy and buzzing.  Our overly-eager waitress chased us for our drinks order, and a well made Old Fashioned and Campari soda soon appeared.
Negroni @ The Riding House Café | Fitzrovia restaurant for all-day dining | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog | HYHOI.com
To start, we shared small plates (~£6 each) of smoked beef short rib with creamed corn, and curry spiced chicken with savoury granola and cornbread.  The rib was particularly mind-blowing – so tender that the bone slid clean away, the flavours punchy and deliciously barbecued.
The Riding House Café | Fitzrovia restaurant for all-day dining | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog | HYHOI.com
Deciding on a main course was a tough call, but Richard plumped for a spatchcock poussin, with bulgur wheat, pomegranate and yoghurt (£18.50).  My veal escalope (£22) was served with a jug of delicious truffle cream and crispy parma ham – I thoroughly enjoyed every bite of the enormous portion.
I had no space for dessert – which is always sad when you spy cinnamon doughnuts, honeycomb cake and jelly & ice cream on the menu!
The Riding House Café | Fitzrovia restaurant for all-day dining | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog | HYHOI.com
At the top end of my preferred price range perhaps, The Riding House Café delivers hearty and high quality dishes, at all times of day.  Service sometimes leaves a little to be desired, but I’d happily put up with it for another of those beef short ribs!
The Riding House Café | Fitzrovia restaurant for all-day dining | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog | HYHOI.com
The Riding House Café | Fitzrovia restaurant for all-day dining | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog | HYHOI.com
Photos by Paul Winch-Furness.
Riding House Café
43-51 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 7PQ
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