Harden's survey result
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”.
If you’re not a “trendy youngster from a Shoreditch start-up” then prepare to “rough it” at Melanie Arnold & Margot Henderson’s “almost secret” venture near Spitalfields Market (“you feel like you’re eating in a school playground”) – those who do are in for “a hidden world of delight”, lovely garden and “imaginative” meals; you can even BYO.
Rochelle Canteen Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Rather ordinary food and massively overpriced. The garden can be pleasant in good weather"
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|