loti eats | rochelle canteen

Rochelle Canteen, run by Margot Henderson and Melanie Arnold, has long been one of London’s favourite spots. Housed in a former school bike shed on Arnold Circus in Shoreditch, accessible only through an unmarked door that, when buzzed in, leads you through a pretty garden and to a small dining room, it’s always been a hidden spot for Londoners to enjoy.

But whereas before it’s only been open during ‘canteen hours’ – breakfast and lunch Monday to Friday – it’s now open for dinner Thursday to Saturday and breakfast and lunch on the weekends. So finally, it’s not just freelancers and restaurant critics than can enjoy it!

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We took full advantage one Sunday and popped by for lunch when London was enjoying a rare sunny summer day and Rochelle Canteen kindly set up extra tables in the garden so even without a booking you have a good chance of getting in.

Aside from being an excellent spot to enjoy a leisurely weekend lunch, the cooking is really quite good too. Simplicity is the order of the day and although menus change daily we can highly recommend the Queenie scallops, grilled in garlic and butter; the skate wing with burnt butter and samphire; and our favourite, the incredible braised lamb with peas and mint.

Rochelle School, London E2 7ES
rochelleschool.org