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The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall

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Huairou Scenic Resort
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12 Mutianyu Village | Huairou District, Beijing 101405, China
+86 10 6162 6506
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Reservations

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  • 22
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A very pleasant oasis.

We spent two nights at the Brickyard, which we found to be a class act, while retaining a lovely rural charm. After climbing the Wall, we stopped for lunch at the Schoolhouse. The food and the service was great. The caramel ice cream hit the spot in a big way. A pity that the glass shop was closed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
Colleen T
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Hong Kong, China
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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241 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Beijing, China
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

The Schoolhouse ticks all the boxes...outside of 'metro' Beijing but still easily accessible (1hr by car from the city), great food and at reasonable prices, wonderful atmosphere and equally a fantastic location. Jim Spears and all his team are also 1st class hosts! Well worth a visit!

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear Tim R, I'm sitting in my study looking at the Great Wall reading Trip Advisor reviews and responding to them. The sun is shining this morning and the sky is blue but your review just made my day. Thank you so much for letting me and my colleagues know that you appreciated your experience at The Schoolhouse. You've given... More 

Provo, Utah
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Our tour guide, Cici, took us to this restaurant after our visit to The Great Wall. We loved it. Everything was delicious. The restaurant is in an old school with a courtyard and it was interesting to imagine what it would have been like when school was happening there. Our service was great with our waitress understanding our order and... More 

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear Heidi_5791, Wow! What a lovely review full of useful information about our little restaurant here at Mutianyu Great Wall. As one of the partners in the business I'd like to thank you on behalf of our whole team of local employees who actually do the cooking and serving. Our aim is to deliver pleasant experiences to our guests and... More 

Hong Kong, China
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We spent two nights at the Brickyard, which we found to be a class act, while retaining a lovely rural charm. After climbing the Wall, we stopped for lunch at the Schoolhouse. The food and the service was great. The caramel ice cream hit the spot in a big way. A pity that the glass shop was closed, but maybe... More 

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear Colleen T, On behalf of my family and our whole team, thank you so much much for your review for the Trip Advisor community and for your praise. We sincerely hope you WILL come back again! Safe travels, Jim Spear More 

Nanjing
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

After reading the reviews and staying at its sister property The Brickyard which was fantastic, The Schoolhouse was just okay. The atmosphere was excellent and suitably rustic with pleasant although largely inexperienced staff. However, the menu was sparse and the food was very ordinary. Chinese noodles served as pasta as an example … not the end of the world but... More 

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear Ardeecee, Thank you for sharing your evaluation of the meal you had at The Schoolhouse recently. Our restaurant is a converted primary school in the restricted area of the Mutianyu Park that offers wonderful views of the Great Wall, forested mountains, and the Village. I'm glad that you found the atmosphere excellent but of course not so glad that... More 

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

the dishes weren´t bad, but they weren´t delicious either. on a long day of excursions you just need some solid food and this is what you ge

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear brunel-andy, This is Jim Spear, founding partner in The Schoolhouse. We've been in business for 10 years providing local foods homemade from scratch and I am so sorry that you didn't find the food delicious. Nothing comes out of a can and rather than over-salt and over-spice we let the ingredients speak for themselves. Our current a la carte... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Had lunch last Sunday and all in our group enjoyed the food, which included pasta, Asian curry rice and Chinese style tofu dish. Price was about 530RMB for 4 of us including desert, beverage and a few of the scallion cakes.

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear SamOnLanier, My name is Jim Spear, a partner in The Schoolhouse. I'm just delighted to know that you and your party enjoyed your lunch at The Schoolhouse and that you found the dishes we served tasty. Our offerings are all homemade from scratch and based on local ingredients. For example the tofu dish that you shared an image of... More 

guangzhou
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Many issues to do with service - food arrived late, items forgotten, wrong items arrived. It appeared to be due to inadequate training of staff. However, on writing to the manager a few days later, I got a very prompt and considerate reply.

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear SueGZ, I am sorry that your experience at The Schoolhouse was not up to your expectations -- or ours. Our aim is to deliver an excellent experience to all of our guests from around the world and in truth occasionally we get it wrong. I am not sure who you communicated with but glad to know our team did... More 

London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

A friend from Beijing recommended this place for a visit to the Great Wall. We wandered down from the Great Wall, and we were very taken with this charming place. I did not get a chance to visit the glass studio, but the pieces were beautiful. I think if you were going to stay somewhere on a trip, this place... More 

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear London Kiwi 180, Thank you for highly recommedning Thw Schoolhouse. I'm so sorry that our team had forgotten to heat up the room before your arrival. Wishing you safe and happy travels, Jim Spear, Partner More 

ny
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

On our way to and from the great Wall at Mutianyu we stopped at the Schoolhouse (literally a converted School House). Food was ok, beverages refreshing, the conversion, ambiance and hospitality unbeatable. Julie, one of the partners, was welcoming, approachable and knowledgable and we left feeling like we had made new friends. While there we visited the glass making studio... More 

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear nyfoody, Thank you very much for your review. I've passed your comments on to my partner Julie and to the whole team. My one concern is that you found our food just OK and I will send you a private message to enquire abut what you ordered and any suggestions you may have because ambience, hospitality, and conversation need... More 

Noth Carolina
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

OK, I'll start by saying that I have read what other reviewers had to say and I am sorry that their experience was not as positive as mine was. I'll start by saying that Mutianyu is a better place to visit the Great Wall compared to Badaling. Badaling is more crowded and more people trying to sell you things. Mutianyu... More 

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear sambruce, On behalf of our team, we appreciate your thoughtful review. I'm glad that you read through the gamut of reviews and I'm also sorry that some other guests didn't have as nice an experience as you've reported. Today is another blue sky day and we hope you'll come again soon for a fresh air break at Mutianyu. By... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12 Mutianyu Village | Huairou District, Beijing 101405, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing Region  >  Beijing>  > Huairou Scenic Resort
  • Neighborhood: Huairou Scenic Resort
  • Phone Number: +86 10 6162 6506

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 30
  • Cuisine: International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients

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