A sublime secret is hidden away, discovered only if you ring a doorbell beside a green door in a brick wall. You’ll pass through the grassy yard of an 1880s school, and in the old bike shed, join a daytime garden party. The changing menu is rigorously British, without flourish, high-quality, and fresh: green pea soup, roast sirloin, cuttlefish ink stew, leek and wigmore tart, fish and chips, loose-leaf tea. Your companions will be high-functioning artists, designers, and professionals, many of whom now lease space in the former school, plus the occasional kid, if they behave as well as a Victorian child. In fine weather, it’s easier to find a seat because dining spills outdoors, the better to enjoy jugs of rhubarb and ginger fizz. Reservations suggested.
Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, E2
Our Rating Neighborhood Shoreditch Hours Mon-Sun 9am-5pm & Thurs-Sat 6pm-10pm Transportation Tube: Shoreditch High Street Phone 020/7729-5677 Prices Mains £14–£18 Web site Rochelle Canteen
MapRochelle School, Arnold Circus, E2 London
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