The Riding House Café | Fitzrovia Brasserie
Last Updated: 23rd November 2018
Opening a restaurant on a street full of former stables isn’t the easiest of moves.
You’ll probably be faced with a lot of neigh-sayers.
But if anyone can do it, it’s the personable duo behind Bermondsey Street’s The Garrison (an intricately ornate gastropub, complete with deer heads on the walls, a cinema downstairs and waiters who wear lumberjack shirts and shorts), and Village East (a New York-style industrial space with high ceilings and cheery, uniformly-attired staff).
Venturing beyond Bermondsey for the first time, Riding House Café is the perfect solution for anyone who can’t decide whether they’re in a “quirky Garrison” mood or a “NYC dining Village East” mood – as it genuinely combines the best elements of both: knowledgeable, charming service; snappy surroundings; and excellent food.
The location of Riding House Cafe – just off Oxford Street – is ideal. Slap bang in the centre of town, yet tucked down a relatively quiet side street, it’s a welcome refuge whenever you feel like port-braised short rib with a side of smoked mash and a ‘Mango’ cocktail made with illegal mezcal.
Which, let’s face it, is often.
Behind expansive windows, it’s a sleek, industrial dining room, with herringbone wood floors jostling alongside reclaimed cinema seating around long, communal tables. It’s a large space that, having been split into three main areas, feels intimate at the same time.
Most importantly, the Modern European menu is, as expected, outstanding. There’s a whopper of a brunch serving chorizo hash and eggs benedict; fried eggs on glazed pork T-bone and breakfast martinis. And as the day wears on, you’ll find classic comfort food and small plates in the form of beef Wellington with cep purée; the Titchfield burger (with black pudding); roast onion squash with salsify; and apple tart tatin with popping candy to finish.
There’s wines, beers and ciders by way of liquid refreshment – and the cocktails here favour more unusual spirits; the Kicking Mule combines calvados and Amer Picon with red vermouth, while the Mauve Way has tequila, Cocchi Americano, violet and grapefruit bitters.
After which, if you’re not careful, you might find yourself a little hoarse.
NOTE: The Riding House Cafe is open daily (no dinner service Sundays). You can find out more, or book a table right HERE.
The Riding House Cafe | 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PQ
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