Small plate sharing menus are all the rage. The Riding House Café do this better than anyone else. Sadly service could be improved (I think the waiters have been sidetracked by the baked goods that adorn the surfaces), but that’s not a problem of course if you have time on your hands (besides it is an ‘all day brasserie’ so who’s clock watching). ‘Sup cocktails at the bar then settle down to enjoy the delicious menu.
The menu is one to work your way through perfect for those with eyes larger than their stomach. Chorizo hash browns with avocado for breakfast, lobster lasagne for lunch, sweet potato pie topped with mounds of vanilla ice-cream and maple syrup. See what we mean? But it’s the small plates where the menu comes into its own boasting finding the creamiest burrata on a fresh tomato salad and whipped goats cheese dowsed with truffled honey on crostini. Or the unhealthier alternatives; chicken wings with honey and lavender and crispy squid.
This restaurant screams fun. The cocktail list is as large as the hilariously large menu and you’ll often find yourself squeezed onto a central table with other diners reminiscent of school dinners. Take your workmates, your boss, your friends or a date. It works for them all.