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 and fresh, yet without flourish: green pea soup, roast sirloin, 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.
Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, E2
Our Rating Neighborhood Shoreditch Hours Mon–Wed 9am–2:30pm (spring–summer to 3:30pm); Thurs–Fri 9am–2:30pm (spring–summer to 3:30pm) and 6–10pm; Sat 6–10pm; closing changes seasonally. Reservations suggested. Transportation Tube: Shoreditch High Street Phone 020/7729-5677 Prices Main courses £13–£15 Cuisine Type British Web site Rochelle Canteen
MapRochelle School, Arnold Circus, E2 London
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