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Summary

£64
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3
Good
3
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3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

Summary

£64
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2
Average
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Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

Summary

£59
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3
Good
3
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4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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.

Summary

£51
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3
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2
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4
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”.

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Restaurant details

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£8.50 £16.50 £5.00 £7.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £31.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Bread £1.50
Service 12.50%
16 Playground Gardens, London, E2 7ES
Opening hours
Monday9 am‑5 pm
Tuesday9 am‑5 pm
Wednesday9 am‑5 pm
Thursday6 pm‑10 pm
Friday6 pm‑10 pm
Saturday6 pm‑10 pm
Sunday9 am‑5 pm

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