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The Schoolhouse

Restaurants Battersea
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Time Out says

The invitation is to 'take a trip down memory lane' at this Battersea bar and restaurant. The name gives a clue as to how. Thankfully, though, the school theme here isn't laid on thick - a blackboard, bookshelf wallpaper, a couple of signs ('lab coats must be worn at all times') and toys from yesteryear is about as far as it goes.

We're not quite sure which school the kitchen attended but the food here is certainly more appetising than most secondary comps. Examples include meat platters, pulled pork in a brioche bun, steak frites, steamed fillet of cod with mixed peppers, lime zest and quinoa, and a braised rib of beef. The dessert list sounds a bit more like it - think apple crumble, sponge and custard, and sticky toffee pudding.

The drinks list features some good beers on draught, including Hacker Pschorr Gold, Brugse Zot, WB Mariana Trench and Schoolhouse's own pilsner. Cans from Beavertown are in the chiller. A short wine list takes in countries from across the globe, with an impressive number - all but four, in fact - available by the glass. 

 

 

The Schoolhouse says
Go back to school at this themed bar and restaurant in the heart of Battersea. We serve brunch, lunch and dinner daily. The Schoolhouse has a laid-back vibe and free wifi, making it the perfect space for everything from working throughout the day to catching up with friends for dinner and cocktails.

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Address: 137-139 St John's Hill
London
SW11 1TD
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Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-00:00 Fri-Sun 9am-00:00
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4 out of 5 stars

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Booked for fathers day having been here a few time this year and always enjoying the experience. Staff are very attentive and the brunch is value for money and good portions - I always go for the 'Naughty schoolboy' ;-) The only negative is that the seating was not too comfy for my 89 yr old father and it can get quite noisy when bottomless brunch crowd roll in ... Otherwise would highly recommend!


We booked a table for 5 on a Wednesday morning for bottomless prosecco for our team day.  The staff were friendly, attentive and accomodating.  We had a games master come and do a murder mystery/escape room style game with us and it was great fun.  We all had lovely meals, the Headmaster looked delish but way too big for my appetite, I think it even came on a platter!  I had the chicken stack which was really good, again, a bit big but really tasty.  Everyone had a great time


It is the second time i go to the schoolhouse, as being a foreigner on a short London visit. The place is really cosy and the food is great! It seems to be more packed on saturdays, but anyway, it is preferable to book your place. I highly recommend trying the place!


We were a group of 5 for Sunday brunch and we very satisfied with our meal. The place was pretty busy, but the staff were attentive and our meals arrived in a timely fashion. The food was very decent, and there are healthy choices as well as naughty fry ups and sweet treats. My only request, as someone who has to eat gluten free, would be a couple of dessert options as unfortunately all of them contained wheat. The main menu does however have several dishes which can be made gluten free, and this is part of the reason why we chose to visit The Schoolhouse. All in all a good visit and we would be happy to return.


Anyone looking for a relaxing pub in the Clapham Junction/Battersea area needn't look any further! The Schoolhouse is a lovely venue, I organised a party and we used the Schoolhouse as a venue. The staff were fantastic, made it really easy to pre-order food and organise the event. Upon arrival they were very friendly and could not have been more helpful


We all ate food at this venue, the food was delicious, piping hot, and ready on time! As a group we had pre-ordered and they got the order completely correct, down to all the sides! 


Drinks were reasonably priced, with a large choice of beers. I would thoroughly recommend this venue! 


The xmas partuy menu at the Schoolhouse was excellent!! Great food choices, excellent food and great value, especially with the wine package.  The staff were very attentive and friendly and it was overall a great evening.  Would definitely recommend and will be returning!!


Enjoyed our meal at Schoolhouse. Very good menu and excellent service. Was a little noisy as near table with Office party.


Thoroughly recommend The Schoolhouse. Have been here a couple of times. Good quality ingredients, good portion size and friendly service. The milkshakes are excellent, if you've got enough room left for one!


Took my friends who were visiting for brunch last weekend and it was brilliant! Great choices which was perfect for us as a few of us have dietary requirements. Lovely service and will definitely be bringing my parents when they visit in a few weeks!


We went to the Schoolhouse for their Bottomless dinner menu last week and I was really impressed. The burger was delicious and they were very attentive with the service, replacing each bottle of prosecco as soon as you'd finished the previous one. They also give you lots of mixers so you don't get bored of the bubbles!


We had brunch at The Schoolhouse at noon on Sunday - three adults and three children aged 2,4 & 5 as well as a baby. I arrived early with the 2 & 4 year olds and the staff couldn't be more helpful. Colouring books were presented immediately, shortly followed by a very good bloody Mary. When my son started getting restless one of the waiters presented him with a balloon which thankfully kept him entertained for another half an hour. I had the Mexican Brunch which I would definitely have again. My only criticism was that the children's options didn't come with any vegetables and there was no option to order a side of veg. Having said that - a five minute walk from Clapham Junction (with kids and no buggy), great atmosphere, very helpful staff, very good cocktails and good food means that I will be returning.


I have been for brunch once and dinner twice in the past three weeks and it doesn’t disappoint. The pulled pork burger has to be a favourite of mine. I will definitely be going back again soon.


The atmosphere is lively but still a nice intimate candle lit space to have dinner with my BF on a Friday night.  We had the most attentive staff I think I've have had in a really long time! Burgers were good - so big we were defeated by them and excellent cocktails. Would definitely go again.


We went here in Thursday evening for the Bottomless Dinner - this lived up to expectations and given there was a large group of us we never left us with an empty glass/bottle.

The bar/restaurant is absolute brilliant and the food was fantastic. All the staff were friendly and easy going with great atmosphere. I have been before for drinks but will definitely be returning for the food.

Highly recommended!


I went on Saturday morning with my friend for brunch and they were amazing! With my friend being pregnant they let us sit on a bigger table and the service was just amazing! This is the 3rd time i have been here and i could not recommend it enough!-the amazing friendly staff, the food is so yummy and such a cool location. Book it up!!!!!


Great location and a fun themed venue! We had Saturday brunch and the service was quick and friendly. There’s a good selection of menu items and we really enjoyed ourselves.


Nice place. Food, drinks and staff were all very good. I had a very generous portion of the Superfood Salad which was very tasty. My only criticism was that it was a little overdressed for my tastes so I recommend asking for dressing on the side.


As I am gluten free and vegan my options are usually very limited when eating out but there are a lot of options at The Schoolhouse. I'm looking forward to my next visit. 


I did the bottomless dinner on a Saturday with 15 guest. Considering there was a lot of us, we never had an empty glass or bottle.The food was really good and the cocktails were great!

The staff were very friendly and helpful. I really enjoyed the laid back atmosphere of this place, great location. 


Really good food and attentive service. Good selection of food too and if you dine midday on a weekend you can choose from the brunch or lunch menus. Few tables outside which is nice in the warm weather. Toilet facilities could be improved, however.


I brought a group of about ten of us here on a Monday for drinks and nibbles, based on this review, and it was a great choice: good nibbles, friendly service and good tunes.  We've booked back in for July.


The Schoolhouse is a great place to meet, drink and eat. The venue is close to Clapham Junction station and close to a bus stop. In the summer its such a joy to see people spilling out onto the pavement and have al fresco dining. The menu its self is a good mix of healthy (smashed avo with pomegranate and feta) along with naughty stuff (black pudding as a side dish, full english breakfast) so this place is ideal for those who are trying to cater for vegetarians, gluten free etc etc.  My only gripe is the price. Its a great venue but I think they know this and why they can afford to seek the price they list. Thing is, they will get it because its good food and also good service. I would return far more if it was a couple of £ cheaper per dish. on average a side is about £4.50. Start saving your pennies..... 


I have been frequenting The Schoolhouse for a number of years now, and every visit has been thoroughly enjoyable. The Headmaster's Breakfast last weekend was an excellent start to the day, and I would really recommend the black pudding, which is of outstanding quality. The staff are really friendly and always go the extra mile for their customers. They also serve steins (which is incredibly rare in that part of London) which cater for the most thirsty of individuals. 


I have just come from the schoolhouse having had the bottomless dinner. 2 courses for 38 quid with 2 hours of Prosecco and mixers for various cocktails. I went for Harissa chicken skewers and slaw to start which was a little bit different, I have never tried Harissa before but it was great! For mains I had Chicken Stack burger and Fries. I couldn't finish this which is a good sign! Music was great and the atmosphere was Buzzing especially for a Thursday!


Went for their bottomless brunch last Saturday - I can see why it tends to be fully booked weeks in advance! Great vibe, bottles on the table and replaced as soon as we finished them, the mixers were a lovely touch to make our own bellinis, kir royalls and mimosas too. Will definitely be returning 


I've been to The Schoolhouse quite a few times now, for both brunch and dinner. The food is fantastic, the staff are attentive without being too overbearing and the decor is fun, bringing back memories of your childhood. If you go bottomless they're super generous - you definitely leave feeling like you've got your money's worth. Definitely worth the 5 stars.


A very fun venue in Wandsworth that lets you re-live your childhood while also acting liking a naughty kid at a bottomless brunch.  Details are subtle such as colouring pots for knives and forks and a periodic table room divider etc. The food was distinctly average for the bottomless brunch compared to others I have been to.  There just didn't seem to be much choice and when it arrived it wasn't very filling, but that which I did have was tasty.  They are good at bringing the prosecco on tap as you just turn your empty bottle upside down for a replacement which is where you make your money back.  We got on so well with our waitresses that they joined us for a drink when their shift was over which was lovely...but carnage in the end!  You have been warned don't go on a Sunday if you don't want a terrible Monday!!


Unlike other comments here, I had a pretty good experience at The Schoolhouse today. I went with a friend for brunch and not only we thought the food was great, but also the staff were very attentive and friendly. I had Mr Benedict with buttermilk fried chicken and it was scrumptious! I agree with @HarvtinisLDN though regarding the eggs. My poached eggs weren't runny as well and I was quite disappointed especially because I wanted to capture that yolk popping moment haha (bloggers' problems!)

I really liked the vibe of the venue. I would visit again if I'm in the area any time in the future. Shame that it's quite far from me.


Visited for brunch with friends and my friends baby. Is nice and relaxed and baby friendly which is great. Food is fuss free and tasty. I ordered 'Mrs Brunch' just disappointed my pouched egg was not runny. Other than that was decent food. Service was okay, we were greeted by a friendly waiter but then the waitress was not as attentive or friendly, bit like a moody 6th former who didn't really want to be at school.


I visited here not long ago for my birthday and I have to say I was slightly disappointed. The waitress didn't really wait on us at all, we called her over to order and for everything else. We ordered from the lunch menu and the main meals were distinctly average - looking at the photos beforehand I had high hopes but unfortunately the burger was on the poor side with a weird tasting relish, although the quesadilla looked more appetising. 


The milkshakes were pretty good though so I'd maybe pop in for a catch-up with friends.


Came here for a friends 'boozy brunch' birthday outing. It was really fun, and if you drink quick you can get quite a lot into your 2 hour time slot. At £30 a head you really need to make the most of the drinks. Food alone would only really be about £10 so you need to have a few drinks to make it worthwhile. The food itself wasn't amazing. Had the pancakes which were a bit chewy and not overly flavorsome, but definitely enjoyable for a novelty afternoon.


Visited here last Saturday night. Great music, buzzing atmosphere and the food was great. I had the 'chicken stack' and truffle and parmesan fries - honestly one of the best burger and fries combo that I have had since I arrived in London! Would definitely go back.

Tastemaker

Looks fairly inconspicuous and gastropub-like from the outside but inside you're made to feel like a kid again as waitresses wearing school uniform greet you at your wooden desk, complete with high school stools. The canteen food is a lot better than you'll remember thankfully, and 2 for 1 happy hour is a great deal, only downside is you both have to agree on the same type of cocktail. 

Tastemaker

We only went for a drink but the range of bottled and draft beer was excellent. It's always very quiet, which makes it a good option if you're sick of queuing at the bar in Powderkeg. I hope things pick up or they probably won't be there for long. 

Staff Writer

Great bar with great concept. Menus as exercise books, dinner on plastic lunch trays, we loved it. The DIY Old Fashioned kit was great and having Makers Mark instead of standard JD is a classier touch than most. The burger was great, fried chicken burger with chipotle mayo and mango salsa is a winner. Definitely worth repeat visits.

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