There is more going on at the Rochelle School bike shed than ‘kissing’ and ‘smoking’. It has been converted into the Rochelle Canteen, a cosy little haven tucked within the walls of the once Victorian School grounds.
The school has since been transformed into studios, exhibition and performance spaces by James Moores’ A Foundation.
Open for breakfast and lunch, the uncompromisingly seasonal menu is not only great food but at a great price too. Unsurprising really when you discover the restaurant (and a catering business) is run by Melanie Arnold and Margot Henderson. The two set up their catering business in 1995 while they continued to run the French House Dining Room in Soho when their husbands, Fergus Henderson and Jon Spiteri, left to start St John with highly seasoned restaurateur Trevor Gulliver, in 1994.
Pared back decor, an uncomplicated air and a grassy view of the old boys playground leave you open to enjoy the food and interesting fellow diners. The menu changes everyday, which you can take a look at here
When its sunny, the glass doors open wide and they pull some tables out so you can soak up some sun. As its 19 degrees outside and what feels like the end of London winter ::: i know where I am going for lunch to appreciate that! Perfection!