Riders Cafe at the Saddle Club

June 20, 2010

The Riders Cafe was almost empty when we arrived at 4.30pm. Only 2 other tables were occupied. We thought we could have our pick on where to sit, but no, the girl told us most of the tables were reserved. When were the other guests arriving we asked? 7pm? We had to assure her that we would be leaving within the hour before she reluctantly gave us the table that we wanted.

That settled, we perused the menu looking for something nice for tea. The place is indeed very like a tranquil country place, or as country as Singapore can get anyway. If you get a good spot by the window, you can watch the horses trot by in the car park once in a while. Or if you sit by the Verandah, you can watch the horses being groomed or hosed down. Despite Riders Cafe not being air-conditioned, it was cool inside the cafe thanks to the numerous fans.

RidersCafe - Tea Scones

We ordered the Tea Scones set for $8. It comes with 2 humongous scones, plum jam, butter and whipped cream. These are the most humongous scones I have ever seen in Singapore. They are of the doughy variety rather than the crumbly variety.

RidersCafe - Tea Scone with Plum Jam Everybody loved the plum jam and couldn’t get enough of it! I just wish we could get clotted cream in Singapore rather than whipped cream or butter. It just isn’t the same without clotted cream! And as far as I know, there’s only 1 place in Singapore that serves scones with clotted cream, and that is Regent Hotel.

RidersCafe - Glass of Coke RidersCafe - Vanilla Milkshake

I ordered a coke. When I am thirsty, no other drink can quench my thirst as well as coke. Was as tasty as any coke can be and for $2, it was a huge glass of coke. The Partner ordered a vanilla milkshake. It was nice but a little too sweet.

RidersCafe - Cafe Latte

The Cafe Latte was nice and strong. But, just not as good as Papa Palheta and Highlander. I probably will be saying these words for all other coffees I try from now on. Just can’t get over how good Papa Palheta and Highlander were. But don’t read this wrongly, the Riders Cafe cafe latte was still good in its own right.

RidersCafe - Iced Water

Free flow of iced water

RidersCafe - Main Seating area RidersCafe - The Verandah RidersCafe - More Seating RidersCafe - Seating Area facing the car park

Many nice spots in the cafe, just as long as the dreaded ”reserve” sign is not put there. Well better make sure you call in advance for dinner because there was a ”reserve” sign on practically every single table. This place must be packed to the gills at night, judging by the ”reserve” signs.

Speaking of tables, we found the tables to be quite sticky. I wonder if they have had a good scrubbing lately, or at all? I could almost see a layer of grime on the table, which wasn’t noticeable at first because the tables are dark brown. Better bring your own wet cloth the next time?RidersCafe - Menu Board above counter

ridercafesignboard - Riders Cafe Sign Board

It may call itself a cafe, but the Riders Cafe also serves restaurant type dinner. When I went there, the specials of the week were Braised Beef Cheek, Fisherman’s Gioppino, Coq au Riesling, Sea Bream. Now those don’t sound like cafe food to me, don’t you agree? They also serve wines. The Partner was very keen to come back for dinner and enjoy the night settings. It must be very dark at night here so don’t come at night without private transportation.

Mimolette is right next door. When I come back here the next time, I would like to try Mimolette.RidersCafe - Horse trotting outside the Riders Cafe

Riders Cafe

51 Fairway Drive Singapore 286965

Tuesday — Sunday

8am — 10pm

Tel: 6466-9819


Map of how to get to Riders Cafe

Map of Riders Cafe

As you drive along Fairways Drive, the slip road into riders cafe is very narrow. Drive slowly or you might just miss it. The signs for the Bukit Timah Saddle Club are bigger so look out for that instead.


  1. This looks like a lovely retreat for a long chat over drinks. You always source out great places I wanna try next, and your scone photos are super enticing….i agree about the clotted cream…i need that too and not just whipped cream and butter…not the same 🙂 thanks 365!

    thanks about the heads up about the need for reservation and i like that there’s free flow of ice water..that’s always a good thing.

    • Yes it is a lovely place to relax and chat in a very different setting. Bloggers are my soure of new and interesting places to go. I did go to Taste Paradise on Saturday on your recommendation btw. Haven’t had a chance to put the post together yet! Thanks for that recommendation!

      • yeah sometimes i store my pictures and only blog when the mood strikes 🙂 I’m excited that you went and will look forward to you posting about the place…hope it was good.

  2. Wow. It looks nice, peaceful and breezy at Riders Cafe. I have yet to go there because it’s so out of the way. One day I must ask my parents whether they would like to go there. I really want to try their pancakes! Thanks fot the link on the previous post anyway 🙂

  3. I didn’t know there’s such a thing as a resident cat! How cute is that! The tricolored cat is called a calico and did you know all calico cats are female? This is because the genes for coat color lies in the X chromosome and because female cats have 2 X chromosomes, they can produce 3 fur colors! Interesting, isn’t it?

    • Oh I thought you’ve been therebefore! How did you hear about it. Ya it is almost impossible to go there by public transport, but it is still possible. You would need like 20 minutes walk from the bus stop along Bukit Timah Road.

      The kitty looked extremely comfortable in the cafe so I presume it must be the resident cat! It was so cute I wanted to grab and hug it but I never do that for strange cats cuz I’m afraid of being scratched. Yes a friend of mine who has 8 cats told me that. I just wasn’t very sure if this cat was the 3 coloured cat. It is indeed very interesting. Wonder if there is a tell tale sign for male cats.

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