We went along for tea and cake at restaurant-of-the-moment, The Riding House Cafe. Would it live up to expectation?
There has been a great deal of build up to my visit to Riding House Café. Email correspondence between the PRs and I has even been fraught due to miscommunication (as is often the case with techy-chat) and then, last Saturday night, everyone’s plans were scuppered by the cold fluffy stuff. Finally, today, I took long awaited elevenses with my writer friend, at the modern all-day brasserie tucked away behind Oxford Street.
I have always found elevenses to be a much under-rated mini meal. Eating breakfast at 7am leaves a serious five or six hours before lunch and I often need a little something to bridge the gap. The writer friend and I both work at home and so were craving a reason to take a break from fluffy slippers, big jumpers and our laptops.
While the interior of Riding House Café is designed around eclectic reclaimed and bespoke furniture, the over-all look and feel is more on-trend glamour with a variety of seating arrangements to choose from. Opting for the beautiful blue-green leather stools, we perched ourselves up at the bar to order our treats.
Making a concerted effort to avoid processed sugar (following an interview with a nutritionist earlier in the week), I ordered smoked salmon on sourdough with a pot of wonderfully warming ginger and liquorice tea.
My guest enjoyed her tumbler of strawberries, poached pear and Greek yoghurt topped with crunchy granola, accompanied by a less than steaming but deliciously rich hot chocolate.
I think it would be fair to say that while we talked twenty to the dozen, service was more than a little slow. However, the food was delicious when it did arrive and we were probably too busy chewing over editorial leads to feel irritated.
Glancing at the full menu, perhaps to plan a return visit, I noticed that this rather fashionable café is yet another offering the sharing plates formula. This would mean more pressure on the service so let’s hope our experience was simply a one-off and that this café is not just a flash in the pan.
Riding House Café, 43-51 Great Titchfield St, W1W 7PQ, 020 7927 0840, Monday to Friday – 7.30am to 11pm, Saturday – 9am to 11pm, Sunday – 9am to 10.30pm
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