Harden's survey result
Margot Henderson (wife of St John’s Fergus) and Melanie Arnold’s “charming” converted school bike shed near Spitalfields elicits lyrical praise from fans of their “great” British cooking – even if some reporters flinch at the “exorbitant wine list”. Ratings have rebounded after last year’s dip, possibly caused by the pair’s takeover of the ICA’s catering. “My last meal would be Rochelle Canteen’s mince on dripping toast with horseradish and watercress, and a magnificent bottle of wine”. Top Tip – “pleasant garden in good weather”.
The bike sheds of a former school near Spitalfields – converted by Melanie Arnold and Margot Henderson (wife of St John’s Fergus) – are “a relaxed and leafy garden space, and romantic too” – “perfect for a summer lunch”. It remains a favourite East End destination for those in the know on account of its simple, short menu of quality British fare but – coincidental with their opening at the ICA – ratings waned here this year, with more middling feedback and the odd “unsatisfactory meal”.
“A hidden treat” in Spitalfields – this offbeat (and on a sunny day “amazing”), venue from Melanie Arnold and Margot Henderson – wife of St John’s Fergus – occupies the converted bike sheds of a former school (“just lovely on a summer’s day sitting outside in what was the playground, now a walled courtyard”) and offers “simple, well-cooked food for those in-the-know” (NB it’s no longer BYO, they now have a license). In September 2017, a new ‘Rochelle’ was announced taking over the bar/café at the ICA on the Mall – spiritually speaking, the two locations seem poles apart.
“On a sunny day you feel you have discovered the perfect escape” on the terrace of this “offbeat and vibey”, “hidden-London” venue – converted bikesheds of a former school near Spitalfields. Run by Melanie Arnold and Margot Henderson (wife of St John’s Fergus), it “creates great flavours from seasonal ingredients” in a “bright, airy canteen setting”, and is “one of the few top-quality BYOs”.
|Wine per bottle||£31.00|
16 Playground Gardens, London, E2 7ES
|Monday||9 am‑5 pm|
|Tuesday||9 am‑5 pm|
|Wednesday||9 am‑5 pm|
|Thursday||6 pm‑10 pm|
|Friday||6 pm‑10 pm|
|Saturday||6 pm‑10 pm|
|Sunday||9 am‑5 pm|