I was here last weekend with a couple of friends for a lovely Saturday Brunch. Brunch has become an extremely popular activity in London with a growing number of restaurants now offering enticing weekend brunch menus. Everyone has experienced their weekend Instagram newsfeed full of some version of eggs showing the popularity around ‘brunching’. The choice of where to brunch is tough but the key decider for me is the selection of veggie options.
We knew we had picked a very popular place from the moment we stepped in and felt flustered by the busy atmosphere.
Thankfully we were seated relatively quickly and were lucky enough to escape a communal sharing table. The brasserie has a range of seating areas available. We had a small table for three in the cosy dining room which had bold orange seating and circular dark wood finish tables. This area has a modern yet classic country house dining room feel. There are also long communal dining tables in the main restaurant area, an area at the back with low chairs perfect for a casual coffee as well as a stylish oblong bar you can sit around so the brasserie really does suit any occasion!
Radio Flyer Juice– watermelon, elderflower, strawberries, lime, black pepper. Refreshing but slightly too sour.
Racer Smoothie– chocolate, espresso, banana, milk. Very good. This had a slight coffee kick but not an overpowering one- perfect.
The broad brunch menu included a few vegetarian options. It had something for everyone including classic breakfast options, salads and sharing dishes. I had the Eggs Florentine which was tasty. Other veggie options included a few salads, mushroom risotto and market sides.
We shared a selection of sorbets and the buttermilk pancakes.
The refreshing scoops of sorbet came in a tall sundae glass allowing you to fully appreciate their vibrant colours. We ordered an assortment of flavours because we struggled to decide on one. The flavours available included blackberry, mango and raspberry.
The buttermilk pancakes were delicious! There were three soft fluffy pancakes garnished with a blueberry sauce and icing sugar accompanied with clotted cream and maple syrup on the side (we requested more clotted cream-the original portion was a bit too small for us!).
Overall a lovely experience at The Riding House Café. The brasserie caters to everyone’s needs with its diverse menu. The food was good, but from what I had I wouldn’t say there was anything exceptional I’d have to go back for. However, there was a lot on the menu I would have liked to try (if I wasn’t so full!), particularly from the desserts selection. The service was great and we were well looked after.
Reservations: I booked a table online via OpenTable. It is easy to change or cancel reservations on this website. You can also call or email The Riding House Café directly to make bookings.
Location: Great Titchfield Street- just off Oxford Street and a 5-10 minute walk from Oxford Circus tube station.
Perfect for: Absolutely anything.
Price: Approximately £20-£30.