From the team behind Village East and The Garrison comes The Riding House Café, a modern all-day brasserie that fully embraces the current trend of salvage. Every item used in the eclectic interior – from the furniture to the fittings has either been reclaimed or is bespoke – creating a trendy, one-off space with a hint of English-eccentric.
The large space has excellent natural lighting, thanks to the large windows and the shell is largely left bare, exposing a patchy ceiling and the conduits that run along it. The RHC has three main sections – the white-tiled bar; the casual dining area with large tables for drop in diners; and a private, bookable dining area comfortably furnished with leather chairs and banquettes.
The dining area has been furnished with a massive communal dining table of scaffoling and timber, surrounded by old theatre seats have been shipped from California. Smaller tables with sturdy, ex-snooker table legs line the large windowed facade. The main dining area is divided into sections with a steel shelving unit that puts a collection of eccentric bits and pieces on display.
Reclaimed front doors, complete with mail slots that have been polished and glazed, and now function as cabinets seperating the private dining room from the rest of the restaurant. The private dining area is actually an old English stable that has been taken apart and reassembled in the restaurant; hinting at the equestrian theme of the name that was taken from its location on Riding House Street. The space uses the same tables as in the rest of the restaurant, but here they are surrounded by plush, upholstered chairs and banquets for indulgent private dining.
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