It’s not always easy to find a restaurant in central London that serves reasonably priced and decent quality dishes all day round. The Riding House Café is one of the places that comes the closest to that. Conveniently located on Great Titchfield street, only minutes away from Oxford Circus, the brasserie serves food from breakfast to dinner-time. The venue also offers a variety of seating options, from low chairs in the lounge to high stools at the bar, from individual settings to communal dining tables.
The main strength of the RHC is, without a doubt, the atmosphere. Just round the corner from the Broadcasting House, the always-crowded brasserie has a predominantly media clientèle but also counts on professionals having a drink after work, families enjoying breakfast or lunch during the day, friends catching up and few tourists who ended up there after a long day of shopping.
The interior characterised by wood panels with letterboxes, also includes an array of unusual objects from around the world: Edwardian-style lamp shades, antiques and even embalmed squirrels; once again, something for everybody. The service is very polite and professional, making clients feel properly looked after and cared for. Though not mind blowing, the food is tasty and definitely enjoyable, especially when it comes to breakfast and brunch. The cocktails and bar snacks are also very good and the bar stools make up a very nice spot to sit in order to enjoy the atmosphere of the place fully.
According to some, in the attempt to be everything for everybody, the RHC tries to do too much and even though it doesn’t do anything that really wows the customer, this is an unfair comment. It’s a place that doesn’t take itself too seriously but represents a good-vibe hangout whether you want to have breakfast, enjoy a drink or a nice dinner. As far as cafés go, this is up there with the best of them.